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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. "

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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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Monday, November 12, 2012

Urban Monroes November Update-New Holiday Single, photos and more

Just like THAT the Holidays are here and to go with the joyous season we have a NEW Christmas bluegrass single written sometime in the 1700's when Bill Monroe was just a baby! It was released on November 12 and is available to DJ's right now at Airplay Direct.


-We are #1 on the Fireball Mail Top 10 Sizzling Bluegrass Singles. Thanks! It's always nice to be in the F.B.M.T.T.S.B.S!

-We were featured at the Music Initiative in South Carolina! Thank you M.I.

-Thanks and more thanks to the kind people at World Wide Bluegrass, Bluegrass Planet Earth, Bluegrass on the Hill, Got Radio Sacramento, Golden Country Song Radio, Country Festival Radio, Wyoming Public Radio, WGCS and the Acoustic Revival for the many spins. 

-Our Reverb Nation Email sign up is maxed out. We hit the limit so if you would like to sign up for our updates just send us a message at urbanmonroes@hotmail.com

-You can buy our CD Pavement and Pathways at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/urbanmonroes2


                   Matt during an Urban Monroes show, a full house at the Opry in Eugene.

                                          Annie recording in November for new single

               From the Performing Arts Center in Lincoln City,  Can you tell we're smiling?

                     Urban Monroes performing in a pleasantly packed theater in Lincoln City