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"William's Still Alive", an Urban Monroes original, made the Roots Music Report "Best Albums of 2015" Chart

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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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Urban Monroes- Blast into 2013

2012 was a very good year and we blasted into 2013 with a lot of stuff going on. We released a new single in February which you can read about at Music News Nashville at the following link.

 The song is entitled "Never My Love" and has the great Gentleman Jim from World Wide Bluegrass playing the bass on it as well as other cuts. What a killer player!!! That single will be released on Poetman Records to 1000 or so DJ's internationally.
 






We are sporting a re-desiged domain page for your perusal at www.urbanmonroes.com

We have a bunch of new live audio that we have posted. You  heard a brief sample in the 28 second podcast that played when you came to this page. For full songs visit www.urbanmonroes.com and click the player widget.




 We were on the Portland Monthly Best of Portland 2012 List




We left 2012 on a bunch of European charts including the Top 40 and Top 200 International Country Chart




We released two Christmas singles which allowed us to share the Holidays with many people who had the radio on.


 This is the cover for the other single





 We ate French Toast at band practice





We had the # 1 Single on the Fireball Mail Magazine's Sizzling Top 10 Singles 






We were on both the Washington and Oregon Top Roots Report Top 5







 We realized we had 2600 downloads at Airplay Direct. That number is now 2700 or 2800


 We are at the New Myspace at new.myspace.com/urbanmonroes

We're still at the old one which is scurrying with activity www.myspace.com/urbanmonres

 Find us at Reverb Nation www.reverbnation.com/urbanmonroes

We have a busy YouTube Page www.youtube.com/urbanmonroes




Have a great day!