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Reviews of Appaloosa Daydream
Review by Fireball Mail Magazine
"Appaloosa Daydream, the Urban Monroes’ third CD release; trots, gallops and sometimes flies across a 10-song soundscape of original and traditional bluegrass music. Songs like the upbeat and vocally divine original, “Lamp in the Window” can take you to a warm fire on a cold night, while the title track prances delightedly in a valley of instrumental bliss. Don’t be fooled by seeing “Little Maggie” on this CD’s track listing either. This is uncharted territory. That recognizable title could not prepare one for this sonic surprise package, with a performance as hauntingly beautiful as it is muscular. Combining motifs from Darling Corey and Little Maggie, the band’s arrangement exchanges energy from moment to moment like the ebb and flow of ocean waves as this trail again leads to the unexpected and exciting.
With enduring arrangements and some clever musical horse sense, the Urban Monroes nimbly negotiate a path to discover the unexplored in the midst of some familiar and some not-so-familiar terrain. The CD lays out that fresh panorama in eloquent testimony of the band’s talent. "
Review by Jamboree Mountain Bluegrass Magazing
"From haunting bluegrass vocal ballads to joyous upbeat instrumentals, Urban Monroes' latest CD Appaloosa Daydream gallops across the bluegrass fields. The view from the saddle offers glimpses of stunning vistas both new and familiar with the Cascades of the band's home range on one hand and the Appalachians on the other.
The fan-friendly release showcases requested concert favorites and is packed with surprises such as the intricately meshed arrangement of Blackberry Shortcake; a refreshing retake of the bluegrass jam session standard Blackberry Blossom. Another is Little Maggie. Rather than just re-shoeing this old war horse and giving it a quick kick, this is an inspired reinvention of the old favorite. While in delightful contrast, the band's old time-ish arrangement of the title track pumps elements of tradition into a new tune.
Appaloosa Daydream offers the chance to gallop, trot, prance and roll in the bluegrass. Urban Monroes have put their brand on each of these tracks and prove they have the ponies to run with anybody. "
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
June is here. It's that glorious time of year when the cold rains of the Pacific Northwest spring are slowly replaced by the much warmer rains of summer. Yes, this is that season we affecionately refer to "June-uary."
We spent the latter part of May on tour and had a wonderful time. Tucked away among our shows through Oregon and California, was a stop in Crescent City where we had the honor of playing the reception for the union of two remarkable people, both of whom just happen to be attack pilots. U.S. Army Captain Michelle is an Apache helicopter pilot, and U.S. Air Force Captain Aaron is an A-10 pilot. Whoever said the different branches of the military couldn't get along? The joint mission these two war veterans have embarked upon seems to be off to a magnificent start. The UM's wish Capt. & Capt. all the best! These are great people who have performed a great service and held an event that was great fun!
Upon our return we discovered that our CD Pavement and Pathways had been nominated for the "Best of Portland Awards" which was a very nice surprise. We are #1 locally, nationally and globally on the "Fan Driven" RN bluegrass charts where we sit nestled with Rhonda Vincent, Daily and Vincent, and so many others
We are on the Fireball Mail Top 10 Sizzling Bluegrass Singles Chart for May.
4. Carolina Chocolate Drops- Country Girl
8. Junior Sisk- A Far Cry From Lester and Earl
We have many DJ's to thank for having us in their shows. We find this out when playlists are mailed to us, or like when a fan recently joined us at RN saying they heard us on WAMU and tracked us down, or sometimes we just find stuff on the net. We are grateful to those DJ's and are honored to be a part of their shows.
This is the first 10 of the Top 20 Bluegrass Chart at Stanford University.
- CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS (Nonesuch)
- PUNCH BROTHERS (Nonesuch)
- ULISSE, DONNA (Hadley Music Group)
- INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS (Sugarhill)
- FLINNER, MATT TRIO Winter Harvest (Compass)
- TRUCKSTOP HONEYMOON Steamboat In A Cornfield (Squirrel)
- JOHNSON, MERL Better Man (Patuxent)
- URBAN MONROES Pavement And Pathways (Mountain Sky Media)
- CLOSE KIN A Reunion Of Bluegrass And Old-Time Music (Mountain Roads)
- SNYDER FAMILY BAND Stages (Mountain Roads)
1. Where is My Salor Boy-Monroes Brothers
2. Milk Dow Blues -Doc Watson
3. Still in Love With Me-Paul Sanchez
4. Black Hole-Urban Monroes
5. Grass Angels-Daughters of Bluegrass
6. My Little Woman You're so Sweet-Doc Watson
7. Land of the Navajo-Peter Rowan
8. Bringing Mary Home -Country Gentlenmen
9. I just Got Wise-Ralph Stanley
10. I'll Take the Blame-Ralph Stanley
We added Lincoln City Performing Arts Center, University of Idaho, Eastside Bluegrass Concert Series, and Powers Auditorium to our schedule