May is almost here so what better time for an Urban Monroes update? May, being the heart of spring, means renewal and rebirth; new flower blooms, new trees blossoms, a new CD… Ah yes, Mother Nature in all her glory. New in May will be the Urban Monroes latest CD with the cut “Never My Love” going out on Poetman Records Radio Sampler that month. It will travel around to 1200 radio stations, which by some calculations should sustain the postal service well into summer. In advance of the release, the Urban Monroes are #6 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. Here is a link to a screen capture of that chart if you're interested in taking a look: http://tinyurl.com/cdstszf If you haven’t stopped in at Janet Davis Music lately, the Urban Monroes have been featured on the front page there since April 6th as one of “Derek’ s Finds.” The band is very grateful to Derek for finding them. It made being lost all the more worthwhile. In case you’re afraid you’ll be lured by one of Janet Davis’ magnificent Martins or glorious Gibsons, you can avoid temptation and read Derek’s review at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/c7w5cay Want to see what the band sounds like? Well then, you can join them at YouTube. The UM's are well on the way to 700 subscribers and would love to have you join them there at www.youtube.com/urbanmonroes. Some of their videos are also going to be featured on the Mountain Folk TV Show out of Pennsylvania. It has been on the air in one form or another for over 30 years. Unless you are in PA you won't be able to view it on TV but you will be able to see it on Youtube. The band is very excited about being on the show. It’s always nice to be on TV and not have to worry about stepping on the Blu-Ray player. Check the feed on the front of the band's webpage www.urbanmonroes.com for additional updates.
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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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