"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. "


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. "

BMP Interview

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May Update; Urban Monroes on Mountain Folk TV Show

 May is here!!!! Holy Smokes...that was fast. Glad I took the Christmas tree down.

Just a very quick update with the plethora of news that has come our way in the last couple of weeks. 


First a Few Recent Reviews
 - "Love it! Well done! Great singing and playing!" 830AM WEEU Radio- Eastside Dave

-"Wow, What a beautiful Version, and incredible musicianship! Love your vocal performance!"

-"So beautiful wish I had half the talent in my fingers as you do and wow a voice of an angel I'll be keeping my ears open for you guys stay safe, stay strong "

-"You guys are so awesome! You play beautifully!"

  For over 30 years the Mountain Folk TV show has been airing in one form or another out of Pennsylvania. Calling itself the home for bluegrass, folk, old-time, acoustic, outdoor and mountain music, the Mountain Folk show asked to add the Urban Monroes' music to their mix. We were happy to oblige and are excited about being included in the show. We'll have more details posted about Mountain Folk TV here in the UM newsfeed. Of course, it's always nice to be on TV, especially when you don't have to worry about stepping on the blu-ray player. 

Since the middle of April we have been on the Top 50 Bluegrass Chart   on the Roots Music Report. We deeply appreciate all of the spins the DJ's have been giving us. 

For the Last 7 very long months we have been on the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. We are also in the ALL TIME Global Bluegrass Chart with over 3000 dj downloads. Thanks to the great dj's playing our music

Along with a $15,000 pre-war Mastertone, a custom Martin guitar, and a handful of other sweet deals, the Urban Monroes are on the front page of Janet Davis Music today as one of "Derek's Finds." JDMC's Derek Van Lynn reviewed our last CD, Pavement and Pathways, and we wanted to share that with you at the following link  Janet Davis Music. Thanks for finding us Derek! It made being lost all the more worthwhile.

We are now on our way to 700 subscribers at YouTube. We hope you will join us there as well.