We have two new singlesand a
new Christmas EP
available on iTunes, Amazon and other great
You can find the Buy links on the buttons above.
DJ's can now download our Christmas EP entitled "Playing in
the Snow" at the following url
DJ's can get a physical copy of our CD's by sending
Thanks so much to all of the DJ's playing our music!
Our other three CD's can be downloaded at Airplay Direct
at the following url
Wir danken Werner
Westerwelle und dem Deutschen Internet Radio dafür, dass Sie die
Urban Monroes spielen.
We thank Werners
Western Welle and German Internet Radio
Association for playing the Urban Monroes.
We are #1 on the Fireball Mail
Top 10 Bluegrass Song Chart with the song
"William's Still Alive"
Our July single "On My Way"
is on the Top 100 European Country Chart
Both of our singles "On My Way"
and "William's Still Alive"
made the iTunes Top 100
We had a wonderful time
playing music for 3 days in the San
Juan Islands. Just a blast!
We have an Android app and you can get it by typing
into the browser on your Android phone and hitting the
download button. It's free! You can hear 18 tracks
any time you want and be updated on our news.
Our latest singles "William's Still Alive" and "On My Way" are both
available for sale in our CD Baby
www.cdbaby.com/urbanmonroes. You will soon find them
both at iTunes and other services very soon.
All of our music has been incorporated
into both Pandora and iHeart
radio thanks to our label and distributor
and it will soon be available for you to listen to in
We are so very thankful to
Bluegrass Today for printing this review and
description of our latest single "William's Still
Please read it at the following url
If you want to hear our latest single "William's Still Alive"
click play on the
player on this page over to the right.
Here is an article on Cybergrass (Bluegrass
Music News Network) about our latest single "William's
Still Alive". at the following url
We are on the APD Top 50
Bluegrass Chartwith our new
single " William's Still Alive"
We have uploaded our new single entitled "William's Still Alive"
Direct and it is available for DJ's to download at the
150 years ago this month, in August of
1865, my great-great-great-grandfather William F. Perdue
was discharged from the Union army at Vicksburg, Miss.
After serving three years, he left as a 19 year old
veteran of eleven battles.
Our great thanks to Lilli Cupbeat at
WDCB, Chicago and the Folk Festival show for airing our
latest single "On My Way"
We are on the Mountain Folk radio
and TV show this week, You can stream the radio show
Our thanks to Eastside Dave!
We thank the Best of Bluegrass in NZ for
featuring 5 songs of the Urban Monroes in this weeks
Tune in to
the Best of Bluegrass radio show on Tuesdays at
3PM (New Zealand time)
Many thanks to Bluegrass
Todayfor posting about our
latest single "On My way"
You can read the post at the following url
Our new single "On My Way" will air on
Pennsylvania's Mountain Folk Show next week. We
will post a link straight to the show when it becomes
available. Special thanks to Eastside Dave!
Here is an article in Cybergrass
about our new Single Release entitled " On My Way".
Go to the url below
We released a new single July 18th
called "On My Way". DJ's can find it on Airplay
Direct at the link on top of this page.
We happen to be on the Top 50 Global Bluegrass
chart at APD currently. We thank all of the
dj's for playing the new song!
You can listen to the
interview at The Bluegrass Byway at the following
URL. Many thanks to Joe Caliva
Thanking Joe Caliva and Bluegrass Byway for having us on
Tune in to the
latest edition of our Podcast (June Update) by watching the video
Many thanks to WDCB, WNKU,WUVT,
The Bluegrass Jamboree, Got Radio Bluegrass,
Addicted to Bluegrass and Spintron Radio for
spinning the Urban Monroes from our latest CD
We thank Portland's KINK for
having Fran on for an interview!
Come spend the day with us on the
Oregon coast at the Lincoln City Earth Day Festival!
Saturday April 18th from 11-2, we'll be at the Lincoln
City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City, OR.
should be a lot of fun, and better yet...it's FREE!
Thank you so much to everyone in George. We had such a
great time there. It was wonderful to play for such an
amazing group of people.
Please join us on March14th at George
Community Hall in George, Washington. It's going
to be a great show and a fun time!
Show starts at 7PM. See you there!
There is an article in Music News Nashville on the Urban
Monroes. You can read it at the following url.
Episode 1 of our Podcast is
uploaded to YouTube at the following url http://youtu.be/-yHLyhZkTOM
personal view into our world featuring viewer
mail, live podcast pickin', a demonstration of
the making of chicken enchilada casserole for
the band to eat at practice, a Seahawks Super
Bowl interception, and a live clip from a recent
We are on Roots
Music Report Best of 2014 Songs and Albums
Charts at the following urls:
"Your Appaloosa Daydream is MY all-time favorite" - Doc
Huff- Doc's Banjos
of our recent CD Appaloosa Daydream:
"...emotionally-enriched, vigorously dynamic bluegrass lacking
only in pretense and tedium." -The Oregonian
invigorating, and as infectious as kindergarten
chicken-pox. You get a full emotional infusion with luscious
vocals and tantalizing instrumentals; truthand tonic all in a singlesweet bluegrass dose." Portland
is afforded ample room to reveal the depths of her soul,
which she does to haunting effect on 'Little Maggie.' But on 'Never My Love,' the mood takes you on
a completely different sojourn backto the days of
brightly colored T-shirts and 3 minute radio hits with this
Association cover done brilliantly as bluegrass."-The
Our recent CD release Appaloosa Daydream is on the Best
of 2014 albums list for the Acoustic
Revival on 90FM WWSP . We thank WWSP and Jim
Thanks to WDCB for spinning the Urban Monroes
Thank you WDRT for playing the Urban Monroes Christmas tracks on
the Holiday show!
Thank you to Artie Martello and the Mostly Folk Show for having
the UM's in your Holiday Radio Celebration
Please tune in to the Bluegrass Gospel
Christmas show on
WYSO in Ohio with Amy Luncan on Sunday morning 12/21. She will
be playing our new Christmas song "Do You Hear What I Hear"
On Monday 12/22 at 7PM tune into KRVM for "Miles of Bluegrass" with Karen Olch.
She will be playing our latest Christmas release.
Thanks so much Karen and Amy!
We would like to thank Joe
Colvin from WYSO in Ohio for playing the Urban Monroes. We are
so grateful to wonderful DJ's like Joe!
Our new Christmas CD "Playing in the
Snow" is on the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass
Chart. It moved up to #5 and the band is #1 on the APD All Time
Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart as well.
We have released a Christmas CD
entitled "Playing in the
Snow" and it is available to DJ's at Airplay
You can also order it by sending us an email
Thank you so much to our
friends, family and fans who joined us at Mississippi Pizza. We
had a full house and had an enormous amount of fun.
We have video of the show and will get one up soon.
The video below is from a
recent show at the Old Liberty Theater. We had a packed theater
and had a wonderful time.
Please join us on Saturday Nov 15th from 6-8pm
for a very special free all-ages show at Mississippi Pizza, 3552
N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland, OR.
It will be a lot of fun, so come on out. We hope to see you there!
Below are the latest CD reviews for our most
Profound thanks to Fireball Mail Magazine for the great
review of Appaloosa Daydream!
"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.
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
" -Fireball Mail
our deep thanks to Jamboree Mountain
Bluegrass Magazine for their review of Appaloosa Daydream
"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." -Jamboree Mountain Bluegrass Magazine
THANK YOU to everyone
who came out to the Old Liberty Theater on Saturday! You made
it really fun and we loved meeting you all! A fully packed
house is a very fun thing! Thanks again!
-Little Maggie from
Appaloosa Daydream is the #1 song on the Roots Music Report
Top 50 Bluegrass Chart
-Please join us on Oct 4th at 7PM the Old
Liberty Theater in Ridgefield Washington. This show is in
conjunction with Birdfest. Hope to see you there
Please join us on Sept 13th at
6PM at Powers Auditorium in Eugene for the Emerald Valley Opry
There's a new article on the band at Music
News Nashville A
click on the link will bring it up in this window or cut and
into your browser.
We're #1 on the Roots Music Report Bluegrass Song Chart!
Our Album Appaloosa Daydream has two Songs in the
Roots Music Report Top Ten Bluegrass Chart;
"Little Maggie" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky". Thanks to the
DJ's who play our music! We appreciate it so very much...
Urban Monroes at Lincoln City Cultural
We had a wonderful time playing at Lincoln City last
night. We had a full house of wonderful gracious people.
Thanks to LCCC for hosting this event.
The Urban Monroes will will be performing at
the Beautiful Oregon Coast at the Lincoln City Cultural Arts
Center off Hwy 101 on August 2 at 7pm
-We are #1 on the ALL Time Top 50 Global
Bluegrass Chart with over 10,000 DJ downloads
and #1 on the Roots Music Report Top50 Bluegrass Song Chart.
-Review of our latest CD Appaloosa Dream by Stanton University
Radio: "Sublime Vocals throughout with creative arrangements"
-We had the Featured Video of the Day
on Oregon Music News
We are #2 on the Roots Music
Report Top 50 Bluegrass Songs Chart
Below is new video of the Urban
Monroes performing "These Old Blues"
Here are a few recent fan reviews
from this past weekend's live show video postings.
"Wow!!!!!!!!great harmonies, pretty
loving this!!! every thing is great !"
"Awe man !! What a song, togetherness and vibe.
Wish there was more. That sharp flatpicking, that
Banjo punching through and the fiddle drone
really gets to me. This stirs up my soul...
"Urban Monroes, you guys are
What a dynamite voice. Bravo Bravo! "
"Fantastic playing....but you better be to play the
best music on earth...Bluegrass...great job guys"
"I began following you
before I even heard the first
vocals. Your grooving intro was so sweet, I knew
it was gonna be great.... I was not dissapointed.
We had a wonderful time playing
in Eugene. Below is a new video of the Urban
Monroes playing "Blues Stay Away From Me" from that Show.
Here is a new fan review of that video-
"Absolutely perfect. If I could
give marks this would be an 11 out of 10. Love the feel, the
performance, the harmonies - everything!" -Simon
Let's see, our CD Appaloosa Daydream is #18 on the Roots Music
Bluegrass Top 50. Appaloosa Daydream is also #1 on the APD ALL
TIME Global Bluegrass Top 50.
#1 on the APD All Time Global
Top 50 Bluegrass chart
Join us at the Opry on April
12th.We always have a wonderful time there
We are #2 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 songs chart!
Thank you DJ's for playing us.
These are few recent fan reviews:
You all have boundless talent. This is a
spectacular show! Well performed
Excellent performance on all levels!You left me wanting more!!!
Urban Monroes is the real deal Oh that was just plain awesomeness
The musicianship here is
outstanding. Great intertwining of instruments its like they
are talking to each other. ~Ryan
First time I heard "Never Mind Love" in a bluegrass style
and I must say it sounds really AWESOME!!! Harmonies are
off the chart!! Great job!!!
February is shaping up to be an
amazing month. We have been on a lot of wonderful shows
and found our way into the Bluegrass Favorites Chart
again but this time we are at the Top @ #1
Thanks to the DJ's who play our music. We appreciate it so
very much! (Chart is below)
Seahawks won the Super Bowl....Love those Hawks... That was
followed by the only snow storm
the Northwest has had in many years. For two days it was
Now it's back to business.
Here are some recent fan reviews: We are grateful for their
"WOW! BRILLIANT! EXCELLENT! It
is delightful and a great pleasure to listen to your
tuneful, harmonious, moving, optimistic and wonderful
music. Great tracks, great tunes great musicians, and
fascinating and gorgeous vocals. AMAZING!"
The following is a poem written to us from our friends at
ReverbNation: Their words are a priceless gift to us! "Portland swings, the fiddle does too. Glass
that’s blown, grass that’s blue. The sweet sweet smell of
a garden rose. The sweet sweet sound of the Urban Monroes!
" Songs Unsung
What a wonderful start to 2014. We are in
the Top 20 Bluegrass Radio Favorites
The Pony Express has
finally arrived and we have some new Appaloosa
Daydream reviews to trot out:
“Appaloosa Daydream is exceptional.”
“The band is beyond tight.”
“When four talented musicians convert four very
different acoustical instruments into one blended sound it is
what I call magic.”
“You create magic in this CD.”
“…the arranging you have done here is brilliant.”
“All of the tunes
on the CD are superb. There is no fill and no “hit
next track” on the CD and they flow together well.”
“I was listening to “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and
fell in love with the vocalist just as I did over 30 years ago
with Emmylou Harris.”
crisp, sweet and truly captivating.”
Daydream is brilliant!.”
Mondays.......you HAVE to endure them. Just keep the coffee
Here is an article in Music News Nashville
published today about our new CD Appaloosa Daydream
It has been an amazing year. Words could
never describe the ride that we've been on. Seriously....BUT if
you tune into Bluegrass in the BASSment
on Saturday January 11th 2014 on World Wide Bluegrass you will
hear an interview between DJ Jim
Chatfield and Fran Kent of the UM's who will detail
some of the distinguishing moments and talk about their brand new
CD Appaloosa Daydream which Jim also played on. Tune in at 10 PM
EST. Just go to www.worldwidebluegrass.com and hit the Listen button and it will
As of today we are:
- in the Top 50 most played
bluegrass albums for Galaxie Radio
in 2013. Thank you so much for playing us Galaxie.
13 -- Alan Bibey -- The Mandolin Chronicles -- Pinecastle
14 -- The Infamous Stringdusters -- Silver Sky -- High Country
15 -- Marty Raybon -- The Back Forty -- Rural Rhythm
16 -- Shannon & Heather Slaughter -- One More Road -- Elite
17 -- Dailey & Vincent -- Brothers Of The Highway -- Rounder
18 -- Urban Monroes -- Appaloosa Daydream -- Mountain Sky Media
19 -- The Roys -- Gypsy Runaway Train -- Rural Rhythm
20 -- Jason Davis -- Second Time Around -- Mountain Fever
We are #1 on the Roots Music Report
Top 50 Bluegrass Chart
We are #3 on the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart
We are #1 on the APD
ALL-Time Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart for
8330 DJ downloads
We hope that everyone had a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful
Holiday Season. Here comes 2014. Whew!
We have a new Christmas Single entitled Underneath the Stars
available at Airplay Direct.
We are #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass and in
the Top 5 on the APD Global Bluegrass Chart
Appaloosa Daydream will be shipped in about a week . We are
excited about some of the things that have already happened for
Stop by our new video site at Fandalism if you get a chance
We are in
the Top 5 of the Roots Music Report Bluegrass
Chart. We are also in the Top 5 of the ADP Global Top 50
Our new Bluegrass
Christmas Single is featured as the song of the week at the
Appaloosa Daydream Album Art!
To view larger click the"music" link
to the left of this frame.
One of our videos is featured at Fandalism. Stop by our new video
page there if you have time
We have released our new single entitled "Underneath The
Stars". Read more at CYBERGRASS
It was originally written by Fran Kent and also appears on the
Menard's retailers Holiday CD.
It is now available on Airplay Direct along with other of the
Urban Monroes Christmas singles.
We were #1 on the Roots Music Top 50 Bluegrass Chart this week and
again we are so grateful to those DJ's who are playing our music.
Our long time Fiddle Friend Annie Staninec has been in the studio
recording with us for the last couple of weeks. She is awesome!
We are excited to let you know that we will be on the Mountain Folk Show in December.
Mountain Folk is produced in Pennsylvania near the beautiful
and beloved Poconos Mountains.
Special thanks to Bob Cherry at
Cybergrass for sharing our news!
Thanking Gentleman Jim from World Wide Bluegrass for playing the
Urban Monroes on Bluegrass in the BASSment.
-We have a new Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/urbanmonroes
-Also Join us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/urbanmonroes
-We are in the Top 5 on the Global Bluegrass Chart at Airplay
-We are also in the Top 5 on the Bluegrass Chart at Roots Music
**We thank the DJ's profusely for playing our music**
-We are releasing a Christmas EP at Airplay Direct called the 5
Strings of Christmas.
-Halloween is coming...YAY!!!! This is the official start of the
Candy and Cookie Holidays. You love chocolate you know you do!
-We are in Direct Buzz Magazine from Airplay Direct because we are
in the Top Artists ,Top 10 Bluegrass chart and Top Albums Chart
We are #2 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart this
#3 on the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. Thank you Dj's!
Please join us at
twitter.com/urbanmonroes. Would love to connect with you there.
Had a great time at the Dam Jam in Utah and now off
to Centralia, Washington
We are #3 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart for the
and #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Music Chart in all genres
for the region.
In Utah at the Dam Jam picking and having a great time visiting
with old friends
We opened up the Mountain Folk TV Show from Pennsylvania.
Thanks to Eastside Dave for having us.
view at the following LINK Starts off with a little Ralph Stanley, some Bill
Monroe and we come on after that "...the band is
high-energy, a fusion of the traditional and contemporary,
like their name." -Janet Davis Music
Please join us at Twitter
We are #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50
Bluegrass Chart for the fourth consecutive week
We are #1 on the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass
We are #1 on the Roots Report Top 50 Bluegrass
New Video- You Don't Have To Move That Mountain
Excerpts from a review by Janet
"Once I heard them, I knew we should help them
get to the top." -Janet Davis
"...the band is high-energy, a fusion of the traditional
and contemporary, like their name." -Janet Davis Music
"Their CD, Pavement and Pathways ranges from beautiful original
tunes like When The Aspens Turn to exciting versions of
Bluegrass staples like Fireball Mail, Old Joe Clark, and Wheel
Hoss." -Janet Davis Music
Looks like the new Acoustic
Rainbow Sampler is out and we have a track on it entitled
"Never My Love". That track is from
the CD Appaloosa Daydream and four
cuts from the CD are available at Airplay Direct.
Salt Creek performed in a special duo set at
We are # 1 on the APD Global Top 50 Bluegrass
We gave a special vocal/guitar/banjo
performance of Little Maggie at Powers Auditorium and had a
wonderful time. Here is a clip of that special night. Don't forget to
turn off the music player on the right side of the page first
Meet Athena: She came back from the National
Fiddle Championship and is the newest member of the Urban
Monroes. She is an unspeakably gorgeous piece of craftsmanship
and art via Docs Banjos
We are in Weiser, Idaho at the National
Fiddle Championship. Having a great
time playing, hanging with old friends and eating biscuits and
It's June and it's really
starting to look and feel like summer around here. That means we
can play music outside again without the need to make jokes
about which instruments can and can't be used as flotation
Again this week we want to thank all the DJ's that spun UM's
cuts this week.
If you haven't had a chance to do so, you can stop in at Janet Davis Music where our CD
Pavement and Pathways is still on their front page. You can
order that Martin HD-28 and pick up the CD all in one quick
We are preparing for a trek across the arid plains of the
Columbia and Oregon's high desert on a musical foray which is
still a week away. These things take planning. When Lewis and
Clark did it, they apparently forgot all kinds of important
stuff, like the cell phone charger. There's not a record of them
making a single call the entire time they were gone.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
In this week's Roots
Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart, the Urban Monroes
have reached #3. Now that's the way to kick off the weekend! As
always, our many thanks go out to the DJs who included the band
in their playlists. THANK YOU!!!
We are #4 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. We
like that very much! Thanks so much to the wonderful DJ's
including us in their shows! We are grateful to you!
The Acoustic Rainbow Radio
Sampler is about to be mailed out to 1200 dj's world -wide from
Kentucky's Poetman Records. We are proud to be on that release
and have a corresponding new CD to go along with it. DJ's let us
know if you want a copy.
Please tune in to Bluegrass in
the BASSment on Saturdays 10 pm-1AM ETwith Gentlaman Jim on World Wide
Bluegrass. We are usually in the chatroom. It's such a great show and so much
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
We are very honored to be on
among Derek's Finds at Janet Davis Music. For years several
members of the band have been buying bluegrass CD's, special
picks and instrument related equipment from these Bluegrass
Specialists! They didn't know that. We just went there because
it was the best place to get the music we wanted. So we are very
honored to be featured on the front page today at Janet Davis
Musicand we thank
them greatly! http://www.jdmc.com/
Thanking Gentleman Jim for
having us on "Bluegrass
in the BASSment" on World Wide Bluegrass last Saturday . Tune in on
Saturdays at 10pm -1am Eastern Time. We
are often in the chatroom at around 9pm Pacific time. Join us
there. It's always a lot of fun. Listen to Bluegrass in the BASSment
on Thursday afternoons as well. Great show...Great fun.
Profound thanks to the DJ's for
including us in their playlist
-Thanking Gentleman Jim for
having us on the show on Saturday. We had so much fun in the
A Few Recent
”I love your‘Never My
”Fabulous music and
outstanding vocals. You gave us the chills.”
"Never My Love" is a beautiful song!!”
”Love your music. I fanned you. Smokin’ hot here...Love your
energy....!!! ♫。 ♪。 ♫。”
”Enjoying the talented musicianship here. Beautiful vocals and
More tremendous surprises today
include the review we found at KWMV. We thank this
station very much for playing our music and
including us in their reviews. http://musicblog.kwmv.org/?author=3
We are now on our way to 700 subscribers at YouTube. We hope you
will join us there as well.www.youtube.com/urbanmonroes
YouTube Fan Reviews:
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
"You guys are so awesome! You
We are so grateful to our fans and friends. Thank you so much!!!
The Urban Monroes have had 3000
DJ downloads at airplaydirect.com. If you are a DJ, you can
download our music there, or you can contact us directly.
Thanking our friend Gentleman Jim from Bluegrass in
the BASSment on WWB for playing us on the show. Jim has been
playing us on his show since 2008 so we all decided that we
needed to have Jim become an UM. Jim plays bass on our new
single "Never My Love" and other cuts on our upcoming CD
Appaloosa Daydream. We
Thanking all of the Soundclick DJ's for playing us. We are
grateful for your sharing us with your fans.
Thanking Gentleman Jim for
playing two of our cuts last night on his show, Bluegrass in the
BASSment on Worldwide Bluegrass! We also thank Lee Michael
Demsey for having us on his WAMU show Saturday morning.
Thank you too to Lili for surprising us and playing our new
single on the Bluegrass Review as well as on the Folk
Festival on WDCB. We are honored be a part of the these
great shows and could never thank the DJ's enough for having us.
The work they do is a labor of
love, but it's still very hard work...and takes so much
dedication and commitment.
We also wish to thank Vonne's
Music Showcase for playing and featuring our music at
We are happy to announce that our music is now available at
Janet Davis Music.
The subscriber count at
our Youtube page is nearing 600. We hope you'll
join us too!
In the coming week, we will be
posting a new CD review from a wonderful station in Colorado.
More details will be posted along with the review. We had
no idea they even did reviews. It was a great surprise!
Please tune into the Folk Festival on WDCB
Public Radio in Glen Elyn/Chicaco tonight 3/19. Their
pledge drive is going and they will be playing our new single
Never My Love.
Please tune in to the Lee
Michael Demsey Show on
Saturday 3/23 at 11AM Eastern Time to hear the Urban Monroes. He
will be playing our latest single along with a host of other
fabulous music. Follow the above link for more details.
On Wednesday 3/20 tune in to theBlue Ridge Expresswith Linda Axman at
7:30 PM Eastern Time on CKWR. Broadcasting out of Ontario Canada
(rather than Ontario, Oregon...), she will be spinning our
latest single on her Canadian flavored bluegrass show.
We are proud to have our musicavailable
at Janet Davis Music.
They are "the" one stop store for bluegrass "anything" it
seems. They are a highly reliable and prompt business
focused on the music you love "Bluegrass". If you are interested in purchasing
a copy of Pavement and Pathways please click on the following LINKor copy and paste into your
http://www.jdmc.com/product/CD-UMPP.html if you don't want to view the
page in this frame. :)
Reviews of Pavement and Pathways
"Passionately executed high
flying fun"- the Oregonian
"Bluegrass in all-wheel drive"- the Register Guard "With a panoramic view through
inspiring originals and a driving rootsy style unrelentingly
their own, Pavement and Pathways is a joyride down the Appalachian Trail's fast lane.
"The Fireball Mail
We have new music at Airplay
Direct. The final cuts of "Never My Love" and "Blue Moon of
Kentucky" are currently there. They are on our upcoming CD
Appaloosa Daydream which we expect to have out very
We just got our 500th
subscriber at Youtube. Time for a piece of chocolate cake!:)
We hope you'll connect with us there as well. www.youtube.com/urbanmonroesand we thank all of those who
have already subscribed.
Our music will be available at Janet
Davis Music in the coming days. We will provide links
on our CD order page and here in our news feed. Here is the New Release link they
have for us. We buy
everything bluegrass from Janet Davis Music. Everything from
CD's to Banjo picks. It's a wonderful place.
We are on the Nashville DJ
Showcase list again. Thank you to the wonderful dj's playing our
music. They are awesome people whose work is un-ending. Thank
Gentleman Jim played the Urban
Monroes tonight on World Wide Bluegrass (largest internet
bluegrass station in the world) and we thank him profusely. Tune in to his show
Bluegrass in the BASSment on Thursdays and Saturdays. It's
Weekend Fan Mail
"Hi Urban Monroes..I think the Great Bill Monroe is smiling down on your band.. I love & enjoyed all of your songs and added Time of my Life on my Vonee Showcase Station. Vonee" (We appreciate it so much Vonee. Thank you)
Thanking Evan (fiddle player
for the Radio Ramblers for engineering the studio work
which Jim Chatfield did for us. Jim (WWB DJ) is also an amazing
bass player. He joined us on the songs "Never My Love" and
"Wheel Hoss" which will be on our new CD to released soon
Thanking Lee Michael Demsey for
playing "Never My Love " on WAMU's Bluegrass Country
We have a new music video "28 Seconds
of Adrenaline" It takes only 28 seconds of your time:) to
watch and is posted just above all of this
To Read about our new single
"Never My Love" head to Music News Nashville at the
We were featured on the World's
largest bluegrass station World Wide Bluegrass last night and
had a delightful time in the chat room with Gentleman Jim the
host of Bluegrass in the BASSment. We are always so honored to
be on his show.
We have some new live show audio
posted in the players on our page at www.urbanmonroes.com.
Hope you'll come by and listen
We are on Nashville dj showcase
this week. We thank the wonderful dj's who played us on their
The Urban Monroes are on the
Forward Roll Bluegrass Show this week. Hope you'll tune in!
Please join us at ReverNation
and YouTube www.reverbnation.com/urbanmonroes www.youtube.com/urbanmonroes
A Few Fan Reviews from
our network sites from the last several days
”I love your‘Never My
”Fabulous music and
outstanding vocals. You gave us the chills.”
"Never My Love" is a beautiful song!!”
”Love your music. I fanned you. Smokin’ hot here...Love your
energy....!!! ♫。 ♪。 ♫。”
”Enjoying the talented musicianship here. Beautiful vocals and
”Great music Love your Never MY Love!”
-We are on the European Top 40
and Top 200 Countdown chart for 2012. Thanks to those great DJ's
playing our music. We are honored to be included in the European
Bluegrass Community of dj's and listeners.
We are on the APD ALL TIME
Bluegrass Top 50 Chart with 2600 dj downloads. Thanks to all of
those great DJ's playing our music.They are Beautiful people!
-Thanks to the Rhythm n Roots
show for having us on again recently. We are grateful to them
over the last couple of years for their support.
-Please tune in to Bluegrass on
the Hill with Jeanie Evans who has been playing us for the last
several years. We appreciate it so much.
-Thanks to Bluegrass Planet
Earth and WAMU for the many spins.
-Thanking our friends at WYSO
for playing us on the show. Also thanking GotRadio Sacramento
and the Addicted to Bluegrass Show in Chicago for playing the
Urban Monroes practically every day for the last couple of years.
We sure do appreciate the great
folks who are the dj's that work so hard promoting
bluegrass. We are honored to be on these wonderful shows.Also tune into Golden Country
Radio at Gotradio to hear us in the playlist..
-We are on the Fireball Mail's
Best of 2012.
-Our Email sign-up is maxed out
at Reverb Nation. If you wish to be on our list to receive our
updates send a message to email@example.com
-Pinterest is a happy place.
It's like McDonald's in that regard. Except there's no food, no
partially-hydrogenated oil and no big clown guy running around.
Okay so it's not that much like McDonald's, but it's still a
happy place. Here's the url for our bulletin board where we pin
our posters and ads. We add new stuff all of the time. https://pinterest.com/urbanmonroes/urban-monroes-posters-logos-and-fun-stuff/
- For some reason our Myspace
page is getting hundreds of hits a day. If anyone knows why
please drop us a line :)
-Thanking our friends at
Stardust Nashville Showcase for featuring all of our Christmas
cuts on the show throughout the Holidays.
-Tune into the "Under Country". In the
coming days they will be featuring our track "Fireball Mail"
from Pavement and Pathways. Many thanks to Neil for having us
-Join us at the New Myspace at
new.myspace.com/urbanmonroesbluegrassIt's really fun. We like this
network a lot. It's easy to connect and easy to interpret. It's
streamline an beautiful to look at.
Thanking our friends at KASU for
playing the Urban Monroes.
Please Come to our new Pinterest
Board. Copy and paste the url in to your browser https://pinterest.com/urbanmonroes/urban-monroes-posters-logos-and-fun-stuff/
A few recaps from a wonderful
year. First we thank Gentleman Jim for playing the Urban Monroes
on Saturday's show and on every show since 2008. We are so
grateful to Jim.
Welcome to 2013....It's almost
here! We sure hope that everyone is continuing to enjoy the
CHRISTMASTIME!!!! The more you share it, the
longer it lasts.
Our bluegrass Christmas release
has been jingling all the way.
Here are a few of the chimneys it has slid down:
-APD All Time Global Bluegrass
Chart (2662 DJ downloads) -APD Global Bluegrass Top 50
November and December -Fireball Mail Sizzling Top 10
Bluegrass Singles ChartNovember and December -#2 on The Mistletoe Top 10
Special thanks to to
following DJ's and shows - Spintron Christmas playlist - The Mountain Folk Show
Christmas Special - Bluegrass in the BASSment WWB - Bluegrass World Traditional
Ties - GotRadio Sacramento - Addicted to Bluegrass Chicago - TwangCity Oakland - Hillbilly Rockhouse - DownHome Playlist - Country Festival
Please Come to our new Pinterest
Board. Copy and paste the url in to your browser https://pinterest.com/urbanmonroes/urban-monroes-posters-logos-and-fun-stuff/
-We had an amazing time at the
University of Idaho. Awesome folks and an awesome town.
-We are again on the Fireball Mail Sizzling Top 10
Bluegrass Singles chart for December as well as on the APD
Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart.
-We have another single coming out that will be released around
Dec 11 plus a single released on Kentucky's Poetman Records
Bluegrass Sampler in the coming months for distribution to1000
-Many thanks to all of the DJ's that play the Urban Monroes. We
appreciate it very much.
-We hope that everyone is enjoying this wonderful season!
With 2517 DJ downloads we are in the APD All Time Top 50
well as in the Top 10 on the Bluegrass Albums Chartwith our new Christmas Single Hark
The Herald Angels Sing
Urban Monroes are #1 in the
Fireball Mail Sizzling Top 10 Bluegrass Singles Chart
-F.O.B (Fans of
Bluegrass)- we will be in the main ball room at University of
Idaho on the 27th at 8 pm. Hope to see you there.
-Join us on World Wide Bluegrass
Bluegrass in the Bassment -Stay tuned to the Mountain Folk
Show in PA for their Holiday program which we are a part of.
Thanks for tuning in
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
-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,
WAMU, 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.
We are in the Top 50 Global
Bluegrass Albums Chart for November. We are also in the All Time
Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chartand in the Top Albums Today
Matt during an Urban Monroes
show, a full house at the Opry in Eugene.
Annie recording in November for
Urban Monroes performing in a
pleasantly packed theater in Lincoln City
Another one from the Performing
Arts Center in Lincoln City, Can you tell we're smiling?
Sept 14, 2012
-We are featured in Portland Talent
Magazine. Thank you to PTM
-Thanks to Bluegrass Planet
Earth for the spins and always to World Wide Bluegrass and
-We had a wonderful time at
Emerald Valley Opry! Always so much fun...great people. Extending our deep thanks to all of
those who came out.. A packed full auditorium is always a blast
to play to.
-Thanks to GotRadio Sacramento
and Chicago for playing the Urban Monroes contstantly for the
last couple of years. We always enjoy tuning in! They play a
great variety of bluegrass.that we are always proud to be a part
Thanking World Wide Bluegrass, WAMU,
Bluegrass Planet Earth and WGCS for the spins
August 6, 2012
We played the Lincoln City
Performing Arts Center Saturday night. A perfect day to be at
the coast : 67 degrees as opposed to 100 degrees in Portland.
Advance ticket sales were great and then the room sold out past
capacity and chairs had to be brought in to accommodate
everyone. The crowd was wonderful and we all had a fantastic
August 4, 2012
"A rockin' bluegrass trio" - KPTV
Hope you can join us for two hours of bluegrass with the
Urban Monroes on the beautiful Oregon Coast at the Lincoln City
Performing Arts Center
off HWY 101 Saturday August 4th 7-9 PM
-Thanking our friends at WAMU
for featuring our music!
-We have a new single which will
be serviced to bluegrass radio on AR Bluegrass Sampler 3.
-Fan Review for
Pavement and Pathways from CD Baby: "Some of the tastiest sounds and most
compelling singing around;
one listen, your ears will love you
forever. (+ the pace of most of these gems would
make speed metal bands jealous ... "
-We are on the Fireball Mail Top
20 Bluegrass Singles for June
July 2, 2012 Please tune in to the Wall to Wall Bluegrass Show on
World Wide Bluegrass on July 2nd at 5PM PST. They will be
featuring our music. We will be in the chat room at 7Pm PST.
Join us there or just tune in. You can stream it live at
the WWB site
-We are releasing another single
on AR Bluegrass #3. This will be our fourth single release on
Kentucky's Poetman Records. Read more at Mountain Sky
-Join us on July 24th at
Eastside Bluegrass Concert Series.
-We are on the Fireball Mail Top
20 Bluegrass for June
June 3, 2012
-We are in the Fireball Mail
May Top 10 Sizzling Bluegrass Singles chart
-We were on the Blue Plate Special show and we thank them for
-Thanking Bluegrass on the Hill, the Bluegrass Special,
The Bluegrass Ramble and our friends at Spintron for the spins!
-We are on the All Time APD Global Bluegrass Top 50 Chart
-Thanking New Folk Radio for featuring our music. How grateful
we are. More news regarding the Urban Monroes and NFR soon.
-We are grateful to all of the DJ's who play our music. We could
never express our thanks enough.
Monroes CD Pavement and Pathways was nominated for the
Best of Portland awards
May 21, 2012 Had a wonderful time playing in California. 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 Air
Force A-10 pilot. Who ever 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!
We are #1 locally, nationally
and globally on the Bluegrass Charts at Reverb Nation.
Thank you to all of those who have connected with us there
and shared us on your Facebook
We also have a few special
broadcast "thank yous" we'd like to say thanks to: Gentleman Jim
and WWWB, Jeanie Evans and KRSC, WDRT the Newgrass show
for spinning the Urban Monroes, WOBC-RadioActivity, Bluegrass
Radio Sacramento, Bluegrass Radio Chicago,Real Kentucky Radio,
Mostly Folk Show, Ranch Breakfast WPR, Honkytonks and
Heartaches, Classic Tracks Radio, Country Bear Radio,
WAMU, Bluegrass Planet Earth and World Wide
Bluegrass in general.
May 17 2012
We are #1
locally, nationally and globally on the Bluegrass Charts at
Reverb Nation. Thank you to all of those who have
connected with us there and shared us on your Facebook.
Thanking Planet Bluegrass, WYOX,
Worldwide Bluegrass and Gentleman Jim, Bluegrass Radio in
Sacramento, Chicago, D.C., and Europe for playing the
Urban M onroes.
With deep appreciation we thank
Jeanie Evans and Bluegrass on the Hill on KRSC for
her constant support of the Urban Monroes over the last several
years. How grateful we are to her.
May 1, 2012
Happy May Day!
We are in the DownHome Den
Weekly Top 10 with our song Black Hole. Thanking Gentleman Jim and
Bluegrass in the Bassment for playing the Urban Monroes. Thanking CMR Nashville Radio for
spinning the Urban Monroes. Thanking Rhythm and Roots for
having us on the show. We are in hard rotation on Bluegrass Radio Germany,
Chicago and Washington DC . Thanking Bluegrass Etc...for the
many spins. We deeply appreciate every DJ
playing the Urban Monroes for their hard work and dedication
Please also join us at YouTube www.youtube.com/urbanmonroes
April 25, 2012
“Honest like a hard
day’s work and tasty like a cold beverage at the end of
that day” - The Colombian
Thanking WAMU Bluegrass Radio for
playing the Urban Monroes
April 24, 2012
executed, high flying fun”-The Oregonian
Please also join us at Reverbnation:
Thanking Gentleman Jim for
playing the Urban Monroes on Bluegrass in the Bassment.
Thanking Festival Radio and
Bluegrass Etc... for the spins.
Thanking Bluegrass Radio in
Sacramento and Chicago for playing the Urban M onroesin hard rotation
We so greatly appreciate all of the dj's that play our music.
April 11, 2012
We are in KZSU's Top 20
Bluegrass Chart for April
We thank the Bluegrass
Etc...show for playing the Urban Monroes.
We are in hard rotation on
Bluegrass Radio Sacramento and Chicago.
We also thank Planet Bluegrass
and World Wide Bluegrass for spinning us.
Favorite April Fan Review:
of the tastiest sounds and most compelling
one listen, your ears will love you
forever. (+ the pace of most of these gems
would make speed metal bands jealous ...
April 4, 2012
-Please join us at
-Some new performance videos to check out
-Little Maggie March
2012- Powers Auditorium http://youtu.be/nOOD7F0O0y8 -John Hardy and the Baby Elephant
Walk-PNW Festival http://youtu.be/6gjquT4Lz30
-Salt Creek at Powers Auditorium March
-High on A Mountain Top-
-We have a new song going
Kentucky's Poetman Records
Radio Sampler . -We are in the Neon Spotlight on the
Bluegrass Delux Radio Show. We thank them for having us
-In February and March we were
in the KSVX Top 30 and Top
10 on the bluegrass show.- Many thanks to them for
playing the Urban Monroes
March 8, 2012
We are in the APD Global Top 50
Bluegrass Albums Chart as well as the APD All -Time Top 50 Bluegrass
We have some exciting news coming
regarding the release of new Urban Monroes music. Please stay
March 6, 2012
We are on the Fireball Mail
Sizzling Top 20 Bluegrass
Singles Chart. Thanks to all of those great DJ's
playing our music. We so greatly appreciate you.
March 5, 2012
We are in the artist spotlight at
WVGN. We thank them
very much for sharing our music with their audience.
March 3, 2012
We played to a packed Powers
Auditorium in Eugene for the Emerald
Valley Opry and had a wonderful time. Those folks are
always wonderful. Thanks to everyone who came out and to the
hard work of the people putting on the show.
We hope everyone had a wonderful
Valentine's Day! We received some news sweet enough to put on
one of those little heart-shaped candies regarding the release
of more new Urban Monroes music. We will be sharing that with
you in the coming days. Stay tuned and check your confections
In February, we are in hot
rotation on CFBX and have received numerous playlists from so
many wonderful stations. We could never thank them enough.
Please tune into World Wide Bluegrass on Thursdays and
Saturdays to hear us on Bluegrass in the BASSment.
Feb 1, 2012
Happy Ground Hog Day! We are
#1 in the Weekly Voted Top 10 chart at the Down Home Den
and are still in hot rotation at CFBX. We thank the DJ's in
Europe for playing us on their shows and Bluegrass Music
Profiles for the video coverage on our song "When the Aspens
Turn" as well as the European Bluegrass Blog posts on our
music. As always, we thank Gentleman Jim on World Wide
Bluegrass for including us in his shows which air on Thursdays
Jan 17, 2012
Pavement and Pathways is on the
Top Albums of 2011 Chart for FolkDJ Org. It was based on over
162,000 spins...whew! that's a lot of compiling.
We are currently in the Top 5
of the APD Global Bluegrass Top 50 Chart. We are also in the
singles chart with our new rlease " Lamp in the Window" and on
the "All Time" Global Bluegrass Top 50 Chart.
Peelgrass, Spintron, WYSO, WWB, The Bluegrass Ramble and Bill
Knowlton and so many others for playing the Urban Monroes
The ECMA (European Country
Music Association) Archangel Michael for spinning our new
single Lamp in the Window
Jan 12, 2012
Here is an article in Music
News Nashville about our
recent single release entitled " Lamp in the Window"
We are in the Bluegrass
Special Top 20 in 2011 Roundup. We thank the DJ's that are
playing our music. We are grateful!
January 7, 2012
Please tune into the
Bluegrass Ramble with Bill Knowlton to hear our new single "Lamp
in the Window."
We want to thank WYSO for
including our Holiday singles on the Christmas Eve show
and Peelgrass and the Nashville DJ Playlist Showcase for
playing the Urban Monroes and for the posts.
We are in high rotation at CFBX
again. Thanking them for the spins which are so greatly
Please tune in to World
Wide Bluegrass and Bluegrass in the BASSment on Thursdays and
Saturdays to hear the Urban Monroes.
We are still in the Top 50 Global Bluegrass Album Chart
January 1, 2012
Happy New Year Everyone! Hope
your Holidays were exceptionally stunning! We have a new song that we
just released . It's an original called "Lamp in the Window".
Tune into Gentleman Jim's shows on World Wide Bluegrass and
you will hear it and other Urban Monroes songs.
Dec 19, 2011
Thanking Gentleman Jim
and World Wide Bluegrass for playing the Urban Monroes on
Saturday's show. The Christmas show is this Thursday so please
tune in. Our Christmas single is in the Top 5 on the APD
Global Top 50 Bluegrass Chart. We entered onto the APD
All Time Top 50 Bluegrass Chart with 1476 downloads. Thanks to
those DJ's for playing our music. We are #1 on the Weekly Top
10 on the DownHome Den and have two songs on the Fireball Mail
Top 20 Bluegrass Singles Chart. We would like to wish
every one a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for a wonderful season of
Dec 16, 2011
We are #1 on
the Weekly Top 10 Voted Songs on the Down
Home Den. Thanks so
much to the DHD and the listeners supporting the Urban Monroes
Dec 12, 2011
Thanking Gentleman Jim
and World Wide Bluegrass for playing our new Christmas singles
on World Wide Bluegrass on Saturday night. Tune into his show
on Thursday and Saturday to hear that and more by the Urban
Monroes. Nov 30th we had the #1 album in all genres at
Dec 8, 2011
Listen in to Highway 61 with
Massimo Ferro to hear our new Christmas single.
Dec 4, 2011
On Nov 30th our new singles
3 and #5 in ALL genres at Airplay Direct.
Many thanks to the DJ's
playing the Urban Monroes!
Dec 2, 2011 It's
official. On November 30th, the Urban Monroes had the #1 Album in all genres
at Airplay Direct. The band would like to
thank all of the dj's playing our music!
Nov 28, 2011
We released two
bluegrass Holiday singles on the 22nd of November. On Nov 28
we are in the Top 10 on the APD All Genres Albums Chart and
are on the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart.
Please tune into
Gentleman Jim's Show on World Wide Bluegrass on Thursday and
Saturday nights to hear our new Holiday single and other songs
by the Urban Monroes.
Nov 22, 2011
Please tune in to 1670
AM Dewberry Jam or stream it live at www.am1670.orgon Wednesday night at:
9 to 11 (Central) 10 to 12 midnight (Eastern) 7 to 9
to hear us on "Real Fine Tunes for Real Fine Folks.
Nov 14th, 2011
We are on the APD
Top 50 Global Bluegrass Chart with several cuts from Pavement
and Pathways. We are also in the Fireball Mail Top 20
Bluegrass singles chart.
Video of the
Urban Monroes performing "When The Aspens Turn"
"Pavement and Pathways,
the Urban Monroes' second CD, rolls down the band's backwoods
super-highway on a tour of bluegrass' rural roots and modern
skylines; a stretch of road where Old Joe Clark and Secret
Agent Man merge from the same onramp. The vehicle that drives
Pavement and Pathways is an adroit arranging ability fortified
with a divine pairing of sublime voices and precision
picking. Navigating that pavement and those pathways,
the Urban Monroes put an added twist into every mile of the
excursion, taking the most scenic route at every opportunity
and seeking the adventure in every song. With a
panoramic view through inspiring originals and a driving
rootsy style unrelentingly their own, Pavement and Pathways is
a joyride down the Appalachian Trail's fast lane." The Fireball Mail
Sept 19, 2011
Urban Monroes are on the
Fireball Mail Bluegrass Top 20.
We thank those DJ's for playing our music and for their
support of bluegrass in general. They are amazing people!
Sept 16, 2011
"Urban Monroes Flying
into Fall at the Historic Old Liberty Theater" ------>To
Read article Click HERE
The link below goes to an
article in Music News Nashville about an upcoming show we are
playing." Two Days and 100,000 People Jammin' with
Salmon" Music News Nashville
Aug 14, 2011
This month we are again on the
Folk and Bluegrass DJ's "most played bands" chart . We sure do
like being there!
We also received a very shiny
magazine in the mail from Nashville TN showing that we moved
up nine spots on the Top 35 Bluegrass Chart in Powersource
with our latest Single "You Don't Have to Move that Mountain"
Thanks to the wonderful
DJ's playing our music
Fan Review: "...the music
itself is like a portal to another world... It's hard to
explain, but really well-done bluegrass always makes me feel
like this. "
Fan Review: "This reminds me of
the music I was raised on. It brings back wonderful memories
of another time... Her voice, those guitars and banjos, the
way they're used for percussion as well as playing, I like
pretty much everything. "
July 23, 2011
an article at Music News Nashville with Urban Monroes News Click Here
Our most recent
single "You Don't Have To Move That Mountain" is on the Top 35
Bluegrass Chart in Powersource Magazine
July 21, 2011 Here's a
new article on the Urban Monroes at the Bluegrass Music News
Network Read Here
July 18, 2011
"I received the
new CD today and all I can say is WOW!! Every song is
great!"-Jim Chatfield World Wide Bluegrass
Review from Blue
Jam Magazine "Pavement and Pathways, the band's second full
length CD travels across 38 minutes of high flying,
energetically infused bluegrass that spans the gamut from
powerful original vocal beauties like "Hole in My Heart" to
the adventurous instrumental arrangement of Old Joe Clark and
the picturesque "When the Aspens Turn". Read More
Click Here for Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News Network article
July 12, 2011
Event Listing on
Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival http://classifieds.thestranger.com/seattle/ViewBand?oid=1275234
DJ reviews for
Pavement and Pathways July:
"Nice Work!"- KRCC "The CD Sounds GREAT"-CHRW "Great CD!" -WMSR Radio "You Sound Great"-KBVL
June has come and
gone and we look back on a wonderful month. Our new CD
"Pavement and Pathways" spent 3 consecutive weeks on the RMR
Top 50 Bluegrass Chart and all four weeks in the Top 10 on the
APD Global Bluegrass Albums Chart with seven singles in the
Top 50 Bluegrass Singles chart. We were also in the APD Top 50
Albums for all genres in the last week and on the Top Artist
of June Fok Music Airplay Chart: A very successful CD release!
Besides that...Just got back from a great week at the festival
in Weiser. We all needed showers ...badly!...and a lot of
ClickHERE for Urban Monroes at Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival
Event Listing. Also, for our schedule check below.
The following is a list of recent
shows playing our music that either sent us info, or that
fans let us know they heard us on, or that we heard
ourselves: Thanking, Pacific Pickin, KPVL-Yellowstone Public
Radio, Sirius XM, Galaxy Radio, WGWG, KRSU, Bluegrass
Mix,KRLC, WMNF WXCS,WKSU,WGLT,WAMC-Bluegrass Time,
KCSN-Bluegrass Etc...,KVMR, CHRW,KAFM, the Bluegrass Ramble,
WAMU-The Bluegrass Breakdown, Worldwide Bluegrass-Bluegrass
in the Bassment,WNHU,Festival Radio,Radio Eagle-107-FM,
WVGF, Peelgrass Radio, Daybreak in Dixie, KPFC, KXCV,
Southern Style-PBS-106.7 FM, Hillbilly Rockhouse, CITR,
WYSO, WMNF, Highway 61, KCSN, WUSB, ECMA, WNHU, WHFR, WNEC,
CKUT,Inner-fm org, Mike Kears,WildmanSteve Radio, Backroads
Bluegrass, Lonesome Pine RFD, The LION FM, KPDO, WSPN,
GotRadio, Siskiyou Bluegrass Show, Hillbilly Rockhouse,
It is impossible to know each station playing us and we know
there are many. We extend our gratitude to all of you. Thanks
so much for playing the UM's! We greatly
We officially released Pavement
and Pathways in May and the response couldn't have been better.
We were in the top sellers at various outlets. We had three
singles released from the album on Kentucky's Poetman Records.
The singles were "You Don't Have To Move that Mountain", "When
the Aspens Turn" and "Time of Your Life". The CD showed up
on many different charts and we appreciated all of the attention
it got and the people who featured our music. We especially want
to thank Gentleman Jim from World Wide Bluegrass who has been
playing our music on every show, twice a week since 2008. We
could never thank him enough for his support and
friendship. We selected the song "Secret Agent Man" and
recorded it with Jim in mind. It's dedicated to him and his show
Bluegrass in the BASSment. So when we got the following review
from Backroads Bluegrass yesterday, it made us very happy: "The
piece de resistance was "Secret Agent Man". What a great
finish!! I was speechless the entire time this project
Some of the songs from the album were released as singles in prior months in
advance of the release of the full project andthe following are some of the
charts that we have been on going back to October.
Here are some new reviews for Pavement and Pathways:
"With You Don't Have to
Move that Mountain and Hole in My heart you have taken it to a
whole new level"-Fan Review
"I love your voice and the soul in your sound" Lonesome Pine RFD
"You have a great sound! I
can't wait to share your music with my listeners" Jeanie at the
"...You then took a breath before burning the paint off
the walls with "My Window Faces The South & Wheel
Hoss". Wow!! I wish I had that much energy!!
Building the crescendo even more you played "Old Joe Clark,
Swing Low Sweet Chariot, & Fireball Mail". The piece
de resistance was "Secret Agent Man". What a great
finish!! I was speechless the entire time this
project was playing. I played this project several times
& I'm sure I haven't heard everything. I keep finding
different pockets of "goodies" that I haven't heard before. The
instrumental work by the band was AWESOME... I thoroughly
enjoyed the project & I can't wait to share it with my
listeners. This project will be getting a lot of
airplay... It was worth the wait!!
We want to let DJ's know that if you haven't received the CD
yet, we also have singles from Pavement and Pathways released on
Poetman AR Volume 35 (When the Aspens Turn) and Volume 33 (Time
of Your Life). You might have those in your library.
Pavement and Pathways
has been shipped to dj's and should either be there already or
is on its way. Thanks to those many dj's who have received it
and are spinning tracks from the album. We really appreciate it!
Thanks to Prescription Bluegrass and Bluegrass Music Profiles
for posting our info.
makes up the biggest part of my show. I love your
track - such superb musicianship with a very distinctive
sound. " WYN FM "My listeners keep asking for
the cd that contained "You Don't Have to Move That Mountain".
"It is very good stuff
indeed, very fresh and appealing approach to bluegrass!"
April 3, 2011
Click the link to read
all of the details at our BLOG at Blogspot
"Hi, I just "discovered" you
on Reverbnation..I love the freshness of your BG." Charles
March 22, 2011
Just what is OFOAM: Origami Fields Out Around Mars? Originally
Found On A Meatloaf? You can find out at Cybergrass by clicking
here. We'll be visiting the nice folks of OFOAM when we
play the Ogden Music Festival. You should stop by and visit
too if you get the chance.
March 18, 2011
I hate trying to make the
transition to Daylight Savings Time, so I've been setting my
clock ahead two minutes every night and should be caught up by
about April 11th. My short day leaves just just enough time to
mention a couple of things. First, Poetman Records' Bluegrass
Sampler is out and we've been getting some wonderful feedback
from that. Second, APD has the Urban Monroes at #7 on their
top 50 Global Bluegrass Chart. Those numbers are driven by DJs
at stations like KALH, which has the band in high rotation,
WAMU from whom we've received five playlists this week, and
CFBX which has us in their top 30. We would not take one
breath without thanking WWB for all of the airplay they have
given us. We're very grateful to all the stations and DJs
playing the Urban Monroes as well as to everyone listening to
the music. We added some new dates to the schedule and check
our reviews. There are some updates there too.
I hope everyone had a
wonderful St. Patrick's Day!
Feb 28, 2011
In case you hadn't heard, the planet Pluto has been demoted in
the Solar System's hierarchy of who's who among celestial
bodies. The last time I checked, Pluto had been reclassified
as a dwarf planet. In honor of that, I think the 28.25 day
long February should also be reclassified as a dwarf month. It
deserves special recognition for supporting President's Day,
Valentine's Day, Washington's birthday, Lincoln's birthday,
and Oregon's birthday all during its short span.
But even as the abbreviated month passes into history for
another year, we managed to pack it full of UM-activity. For
the month, tracks from our new CD Pavement and Pathways as
well as tracks from our first release One Fret Makes a
Difference put the band on the "All Time" APD Top 50 Global
Bluegrass Albums Chart. Click
here for February chart That made five straight months
of charting there. Thanks to a lot of DJ's playing our music,
in January we were on the Top 50 APD Global Bluegrass "Albums"
Chart. We were there for the entire month just as we had been
in December for our Christmas release. Earlier in October and
November, we held the #1 spot on the Top 50 Global Bluegrass
Albums Chart and the Top 50 Global Bluegrass Singles Charts.
Click here for January chart We also managed to squeeze
in having the CD of the Month at Country Festival Radio.
Looking forward, some things have already overlapped from the
tightly packed February into the more spacious March. One of
these is an article in Cybergrass magazine about our single
release on Poetman Records/Acoustic Rainbow. It can be found
And just in case you missed it, you can read our Artist of the
Week interview in Bluegrass Music Profiles by clicking on the
We hope everyone had a wonderful February full of chocolate
candy and Federal holidays, but if your February wasn't the
greatest... well, at least it goes by fast!
~the Urban Monroes
Jan 9, 2011
Urban Monroes' New Year's resolution: Tell everyone "Happy New
Year!" So here we go... Happy New Year! Glad that's taken care
just a few tidbits to start off 2011: Country
Festival Radio in The Netherlands has the Urban Monroes
featured as their Album of the Month for January. That was a
nice way to transition out of December since the band
was able to finish that month in the Top 10 Global Bluegrass
Albums at APD. We've managed to remain there for three months.
Thank you to the DJ's playing the Urban Monroes. One of the
songs recently added there, our version of You Don't Have to
Move That Mountain, will be on Poetman Records' premier
bluegrass sampler, which comes out at the end of January. The
sampler will also include cuts from the Grascals with Dolly
Parton and Kathy Matea with the amazing Jens Kruger. I'm
looking forward to hearing this CD myself. You can get a
preview of that brand new UM's cut along with our other new
tunes in our player at www.urbanmonroes.com or
www.myspace.com/urbanmonroes. The new songs feature Martin
Stevens who is a recent addition to the Urban Monroes.
Martin's playing is hot enough to melt tortise shell picks so
it's a good thing you can get a chance to listen to him now
during the cool winter months.
Comment of the week:
"I've been listening to your
songs on Myspace and I am truly hooked on your sound" Andy
T Fan review from Myspace
That was an excerpt from a
wonderful letter that Andy wrote to the Urban Monroes.
Thank you Andy. We are so glad to meet you.
November was fun: In addition
to having 4 singles from our new CD Pavement
and Pathways show up in the Top 50 Global Bluegrass Singles
chart, we were
also at the Top of the chart for the Top 50 Global
We finished the month on the "Alltime" Top 50 Global Bluegrass
Top 50 Global Bluegrass
Top 50 Global Bluegrass
We wish to thank all of
those wonderful dj's who have played our music and have been
so good to us. You are so awesome!!!
Oct 15, 2010
Urban Monroes at the Florence Winter Folk Festival. A
fantastic sound...really impressive."
Click HERE to read
review and see photo
Everything is finalized for Coombs Bluegrass festival in BC.
Can't wait to get up their. This will be our 2nd bluegrass
cruise. We love those ferry rides! To see photos from the
Bluegrass Cruise we took August go to our Whidbey Island
Bluegrass Festival Blog at Myspace. Such a beautiful place...
Oct 1, 2010
The Urban Monroes are # 9 in
35 Bluegrass artists reporting on the national
folk chart at ReverbNation.
and Dirty Kitchen
for the Hills
to the Rule
We have a new video out for the song Fireball Mail
Here is our new CD Pavement and Pathways.
Two singles have gone out from the album. They were released on
Poetman Records. The most recent " Sink or Swim" appears on the radio
sampler with a track from Rhonda Vincent
Festival season is over
but festival booking season is in full swing and we have
confirmed details for Ogden Music Festival in Utah
along with several other great festivals.
Every now and then we like to post a
playlist. Here's one from KGNU-
Urban Monroes- When the
Aspens Turn The Hillbenders- Highway
Gambler Romano Paoletti- Ragtime
Blues Martin Gilmore- Don't Talk
About Hard Times Lonesome Traveler- Right
Where I'm Supposed to Be
Ryan Spearman- Do You Know
What It Means to Miss New Orleans Blue Highway- Lonesome Pine Sam Bush- Sailin' Shoes Giddyup Kitty- Colorado Lonesome River Band- Record
Time Machine Tim O'Brien/Darrell Scott-
Walk Beside Me J Douglas/P Rowan-
Tribulations Jerry Douglas- Little Martha
Jimmy Martin- I Like to Hear
'Em Preach It Laurie Lewis- Going to the
West Tony Trischka- Fox on the
Run Trampled by Turtles- Victory New Grass Revival- Sapporo The Bluegrass Band- Duelin'
God's country Mountain Heart- Deadwood Hot Rize- Climbing Up A
Mountain Frank Solivan and D.K- Line
drive The Farewell Drifters-
sunnyside drive Blue Canyon Boys- Rocky
Mountain Bound The New Tradition- Daniel
Prayed The Dillards- The Old Home
Place Peter Rowan- The Family
Tim O'Brien- I've endured Gillian Welch- Red Clay Halo Yonder Mountain S.B- rain
still falls Strength in Numbers- Slopes Ralph Stanley- Mountain
Folks Bluegrass Patriots- High
Country The Churchmen- Take Me in
Steve Martin- Daddy Played
The Banjo Punch Brothers- rye whiskey Del McCoury Band- Recovering
Pharisee Tony Rice- Church Street
Blues John Hartford- I'm Still
Here Pete Kartsounes- Old
Bluegrass Home Psychograss- hot nickles Laurie Lewis- Maple's Lament
Sept 4, 2010
Comments of the Week-.
"...I didn't know
what I was missing. I "picked up" your set at the
NWSS. I really enjoy your sound, great bluegrass. Hope
'yall make it to Kansas some day."-Mike
"I just saw your performance at Whidbey Island.
Thank you. Listening to your music under the trees was pure
We have new blog entries at urbanmonroes.blogspot.com
and also at our Myspace site at www.myspace.com/urbanmonroes
They have photos from our recent shows and other fun
Here is a Review from NWSS
Interview at Bluegrass Music Profiles
We will be giving an interview with England's
"Bluegrass Around the World" with Lynne Butler this
August 13, 2010
Below is a link to a review of the Urban Monroes
at NWSS. Many thanks to Northwest Festival Reviews
August 12, 2010
Stop by and read an article about us at Cybergrass
July 20, 2010
Comment of the Week about Darrington Bluegrass
Festival - "The Urban Monroes blew me away" Betty Jo
There is an interview with the Urban Monroes in Bluegrass
Music Profiles Magazine. If you are interested, you
can read it at
July 16, 2010
- Comment of the Week- " I love your sound and
your music, can't wait to hear you this weekend" Ki
Here are a couple of articles you can read in
Cybergrass Magazine about our shows at Darrington and String
Darrington Bluegrass Festival Read
Article on Urban Monroes at Darrington Bluegrass
Northwest String Summit Read
Article on Urban Monroes at NWSS
Also please visit us at the Bluegrass Mix
In the near future look for an interview with us
in Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine
July 1, 2010
-Comment of the week
"I received the
cd's and to put it mildly, I LOVE THEM!!! definitely my kind
of bluegrass" Keith
It's been a busy couple of months with an even
busier month ahead. Coming up we will be playing Northwest
String Summit and Darrington Bluegrass Festival. At
Darrington we will be playing right before Rhonda Vincent
and at NWSS we will be right before the Stringdusters. We
have a new single coming out in July. This will be the
second from our new CD "Pavement and Pathways" The first
single "When the Aspens Turn" was released earlier in
the year and returned an impressive airplay report.
Our latest video will be featured on tv in North
Carolina on Chester Thompson's Old Time Radio Jamboree who
has also been playing our music on their radio show for the
last couple of months. The show recently moved to
television. We will be giving an interview with them soon.
In the coming weeks look for an interview with us
in Bluegrass Music Profiles magazine. When we know the date
and issue we will let you know. Happy 4th of July
April 29, 2010
It has been a very exciting April. Below are
several reviews and artcles published this month. We'll just
let those do the talking for us. Happy Spring to everyone!
-Facebook Message of the Week
"I checked out your
website (urbanmonroes) yesterday and played all the songs on
my computer at work all afternoon for all to hear...loved
it!! I'd love to catch a show sometime...great grooves!! Pamela
-"As a music journalist it is my duty to report
the facts. I followed the Urban Monroes in two consecutive
shows. The first was a festival in Florence, the second was
in Eugene at the Emerald Valley Opry. Beautiful Alison
Krauss-like vocals in a consistenty captivating delivery had
every eye and ear focused on this band. Explosive
instrumental picking from each of the Urban Monroes made for
two very exciting evenings. I can not recommend this band
more." Steve's Bluegrass Blog
-"I'm listening to the Urban Monroes tracks right
now and your music is ridiculously HOTTT!! Thanks for
sharing your music with me and I can't wait to play you on
my show!!! The Bluegrass
-"I got your single "When The Aspens Turn" in the
mail this past Friday, and I really enjoyed it. I also
played it on my Bluegrass Show this past Sunday evening, and
I had a nice response from my listeners. Please send
me a radio air-play copy of "Pavement & Pathways" to
share more of your material with them when it's
-We are featured at World Wide Bluegrass- the
largest listener supported bluegrass radio station in the
world. Please stop by.You'll love the place:
April 9, 2010
Facebook Message of the Week
blew my hair back" Angie
We all survived April 1st, although it's not
nearly as scary as April 15th. For some reason, it seems
appropriate that the tax deadline and the anniversary of
Abraham Lincoln's death fall on the same day. So with these
deeply contemplative thoughts possibly troubling our minds,
we would like to shift gears to something more uplifting and
once again thankCybergrass
for their work in supporting the bluegrass community and for
the article they ran on the Urban Monroes appearance at
Darrington Bluegrass Festival this summer. This will be our
second consecutive time at the festival and it will be a
whirlwind weekend. We are playing a 9 pm show on Friday
night then scurring off to Portland to play in the Northwest
Spotlight at String Summit on Saturday. Then back, back,
back we go to Darrington to play a 1pm Sunday show. Should
be lots of fun with much jamming and wonderful memories to
We wish to thank KGNU "Old Grass Gnu Grass" and
KRSC 91.3 "Bluegrass on the Hill" for spinning our music
over the last couple of weeks. A ginormous thank you to
World Wide Bluegrass (www.worldwidebluegrass.com) for
featuring us again. We also want to thank RiverCity Music
Festival for sponsoring our performance at the Energy Trust
show at the Portland Expo Center. It was a huge event packed
with thousands of people and it was fabulous to be a part of
March 18, 2010
Well, it's always nice to be featured at World
Wide Bluegrass, and if you swing by
www.worldwidebluegrass.com you'll see that the Urban Monroes
and the CD "One Fret Makes a Difference" are featured there
again. That CD is about have some company though as our new
CD "Pavement and Pathways" is almost here. In support of the
new project, We did an interview with Uncle Billy Dunbar. An
award winning bluegrass DJ, Uncle Billy hosts a couple of
bluegrass shows in addition to a WWB show and the interview
will be airing on all of his shows in the coming weeks.
In the last few days we've also added a couple of
major festivals to our schedule. First, we're very pleased
to be part of the line up for Northwest String Summit on
July 17th this year. This is an amazing larger-than-life
event that should be incredibly fun. Second, we've been
invited to Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival in Denver Feb
18-19, 2011. Another excellent festival that we're
extaordinarily pleased to have on our calendar. Prior to
that we added Rivercity Bluegrass to our 2011 lineup, also
Coombs Bluegrass Festival (B.C Canada) and Ogden Bluegrass
February 18, 2010
A Review from our Performance at
"I was prepared for a good time, but I wasn't
prepared to be blown away by one of the bands on Saturday's
roster. The Urban Monroes, a bluegrass band from the north
part of the Willamette Valley, are just a superb example of
a contemporary take on traditional bluegrass. Their playing
was tight and fast when it needed to be--just listen to
their take on "My Window Faces The South"--and swingy and
slow in their lovely version of Karla Bonoff's "Home."
Listening to the CD here at home, we get to play our
favorites over again and focus on the musicianship as well."
January 18, 2010
Here we are nearly three weeks into 2010. It’s at
about this point every January that most New Year’s
resolutions have been compromised or totally abandoned. If
you are among the many frustrated resolvers, take heart! The
Urban Monroes resolved to have this winter update completed
and posted by July and if we can do it, you can too!
The performance year started with the Eastside
Bluegrass Concert Series. With the event’s largest turnout
to date, the evening was a smashing success for the venue
and the band. The turnout and CD sales made it possible for
the band to make a donation for Haitian relief following the
disaster there. Next up this month will be Winter Folk in
Florence, OR. Packing out the Florence Convention Center
every year, Winter Folk takes place not far from Sea Lion
Caves (the world’s LARGEST sea cave); the trip will give us
the opportunity to do a little sightseeing as well as
We’ve added the Darrington and Goldendale
bluegrass festivals to the band’s 2010 lineup. This will be
our second year in a row at both of those and stay tuned as
this summer’s festival season continues to expand. We’ve
also confirmed three new festivals for the 2011 season.
The New Year also saw the release of our single
“When the Aspens Turn” to 1300 radio stations. Stay tuned to
your favorite bluegrass radio station to hear the Urban
Monroes’ latest radio rendering. Feel free to let them know
you liked it, if you’re so inclined.
All of us in the Urban Monroes hope your 2010 is
going great. Let the events in Haiti remind us of how
blessed we are, and consider this an opportunity to help out
those in need.
Dec 7 2009
Facebook message of the week:
"OMG!!! so I just
checked out your website. Love the way y'all MASH
it!!!! I'll be telling everyone to look for you"
Dec 7 2009
A Magnificent Sleigh and Eight Tiny John Deeres:
We had a busy weekend in radio-land and thought
we’d share some of the highlights with you. On Saturday
Morning 12/5, we aired on Boulder’s KGNU “Old Grass Gnu
Grass show” with Cuz’n Nickels and KVMR’s “County Line
Bluegrass” in Grass Valley, CA. That night, Gentleman Jim
was playing some Urban Monroes on World Wide Bluegrass.
(It’s rumored that we also snuck into the chatroom there.)
Sunday 12/6, we aired on “Bluegrass on the Hill” with Jeanie
Evans on KRSC FM in Claremore, OK. Coming up this Wednesday,
if you tune into 98.5 FM CKWR in Ontario “Blueridge Express”
will be playing us as well. I expect our version of “the
Grinch” will be making its annual appearance which it also
did on World Wide Bluegrass last night.
So you're wondering about the 8 tiny John
Deeres...well we sort of made that part up, but it felt
Christmasy and was way less manipulative than planting
subliminal messages of warm, chewy, melty, gooey, chocolate,
Nov 18 2009
Once again we are being confronted with the
inferior quality of some of our American made trees; a
little cold weather, a few gusts of wind and poof…the leaves
fall off! They are doing this all over the place. It seems
to happen every year about this time, too. So predictable,
just like the appliance that breaks as soon as the warranty
runs out. I hope the Douglas Firs aren’t influenced by this
blatant show of mediocrity. The last thing I would want in
cold weather is bare limbs.
In spite of their shortcomings, those dang trees
with the “on again, off again” foliage relationship can
still be influential. A trip through Colorado last year
provided the inspiration for Urban Monroes' guitarist Fran
Kent to write the song "When the Aspens Turn."
Affectionately known as "Aspens" on the set list, it has
become one of our favorites. Poetman Records liked it too.
Saying the song was, "a winner with top notch playing," the
band's recorded version is scheduled for release on
Poetman's Acoustic Rainbow Volume 35 in January, 2010.
To follow up the release of the single, our CD is
slated for release March of 2010 with an event/show to be
held at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington.
The plan is to have it feel like a mini bluegrass festival
that night, with minimal ticket prices and a maximum amount
Hey, we’re featured again at World Wide Bluegrass!
After being sponsored by WWB (the largest listener
supported, 24/7, bluegrass radio station in the known
universe) out of the blue, they decided to once more feature
us on their website at www.worldwidebluegrass.com. The
Urban Monroes have been invited a second time to play Grass
Stock, the Official World Wide Bluegrass festival in Ohio
which happens in August. Hopefully the trees in Ohio will
still have their leaves…we’ll be looking for shade.
If you get a chance, check out our Myspace Blogs.
www.myspace.com/urbanmonroes. You can read about the many
radio stations playing our music and relive some of our
recent travel experiences. Be sure to watch the Road to
Wenatchee video; you’ll see how real trees are supposed to
Nov 7 2009
Read Article on When the Aspens Turn in Cybergrass
A trip through Colorado last year provided the
inspiration for Urban Monroes' guitarist Fran Kent to write
the song "When the Aspens Turn." Affectionately known as
"Aspens" on the Urban Monroes' set list, it has become one
of the band's favorite songs. Poetman Records liked it too.
Saying the song was "a winner with top notch playing," the
band's recorded version is scheduled for release on
Poetman's Acoustic Rainbow Volume 35. The song is scheduled
for release in January 2010
The Acoustic Rainbow radio sampler is distributed
to radio stations worldwide. Past volumes have included
Mountain Heart, Merle Haggard, Pat Flynn, the Del McCoury
Band, and Ricky Skaggs.
Oct 13 2009
(the comment below was found on a Myspace forum
"Listen to The Urban Monroe's "If you Stay" and
their cover of "Time of your life," they leave me
speechless, I mean, literally speechless, they're just that
good ... I'm udderly speechless with the vocal ability and
instrumental ability of The Urban Monroes."
Oct 11 2009
(the message below was sent to us after our show
at Bluegrass and Birdfest on Oct 10)
"My girlfriend, Jean, and I went to Birdfest
yesterday thinking we might hear some good music and enjoy
the beautiful fall day. Little did we know that we'd
discover the best music we've heard in a summer full of
bluegrass festivals. You guys are awesome. That's a much
overused word these days, but in your case it's absolutely
appropriate because Jean and I were truly in awe listening
the power, beauty, and soulful nature of your music.
When people think of Bill Monroe, they usually
think of a very specific way of playing, the so called
"bluegrass tradition" that Bill created. But what Bill
Monroe represents to me is pure originality and soul. He was
so bluesy and soulful. And there was nothing he ever did
that wasn't informed by his personal artistic vision and
straight from his heart, I think. You acquit yourselves very
well in this version of the "tradition" because there
is an authenticity and soul to your music that rings like a
It was a great day for Jean and I. We picked up
your CD and are enjoying it very much...So all in all, this
was a pretty special Saturday for us. We'll be keeping an
eye on your schedule and hope to catch you whenever we can,
especially the festivals next summer. I hope you guys hit
some of the ones here in the NW. Thank you so much for the
music. The world is a better place with the musical karma
you're putting into it."
Yours---William and Jean (Thank you so much William and Jean!! With Love...the Urban
Sept 30, 2009
Thanks to KGNU in Boulder for the spins. Great
bluegrass shows there.
We have added the Eastside Bluegrass Series and
several bluegrass festivals to our calenar. Very
special thanks to World Wide Bluegrass for their awesome
continued support of the Urban Monroes music. They have had
us featured on their site and have plugged and played our
music constantly. We love them. World Wide Bluegrass is
Myspace comment of the week:
"I often come to
your page and listen to your music"
Sept 22, 2009
Reverb Nation message of the week:
"You are my
favorites. I play "White River" over and over..."YOU'RE
Sept 17, 2009
Adding a photo blog at Myspace of the bluegrass
festival at Snowbird Utah. Didn't have a chance to do it
until now. We had a great time up there.
Sept 16, 2009
L.R Baggs rep. John Mooy has been so helpful and
supportive during the time of my endorsement with them.
Whenever there's been any kind of a question he has been
quick to respond no matter where he is. Currently, he is on
tour with Loggins & Messina but still found time today
to email me from the road with an answer to a technical
Sept 15, 2009
to heading up to Ridgefield, Washington for Bluegrass and
Bird Fest. We are playing at the Old Liberty Theater at
1PM on Saturday Oct 10. We understand there will be
bluegrass jams all over town in various venues with shows
going on at a couple of different locations besides the
Old Liberty Theater.
Here is an interview that appeared
in the Skamania County Pioneer for the Columbia Gorge
For the last two or
three weeks the Urban Monroes have held the # 1 spot in the
reverbnation charts in Dallas Texas. We do not know why we
are at the top of the chart in Dallas Texas since we are not
from that region. Not complaining or anything.
have been added to a great bluegrasss show- KRSC 91.2 FM
"Bluegrass on the Hill " with Jeanie Evans who has
featured the Urban Monroes in several of the playlists
Sept 8, 2009
Emerald Valley Opry on Sept 12. This will be our 3rd time
there. That place is always packed to the rafters. Love
playing this event which raises money for local school
music programs. How awesome is that? One listen to this
mp3 of a high school band trying to play Odyssey and
you'll understand the importance of funding school music
August 25, 2009
We played three
shows at Enumclaw Bluegrass Festival. Had a great time. On
Saturday, we drove up to Mt Reineir which was breath-taking.
There are some pictures in our Myspace photo blog. We also
found another tremendous breakfast place called Charlies.
The people of Enumclaw are wonderful. They even set me up
with a bowl of custom blue M&M's in the green room. Read
blog on M&M's for clarification.
Monroes have a new video that was shot by the Port Orchard
Independant for Olalla Bluegrass Festival. You can find it
at the "video" link to the left. We think it's a nice
change of pace from the cell phone coverage we've been
August 17 2009
We played Olalla
bluegrass festival this weekend. This was our second time
there. They said we were back by popular demand. We were
glad. We love it up there. It's right on Puget Sound
in Washington and we wanted to go over and see some killer
whales but we didn't have time. In these parts, a person
can drive an hour to the coast and can always see whales
but rarely are they killer whales. We tried to summon some
whales to the stage with a bowed bass but to no avail.
See new photos
from our festival shows this season. A fun place to see
them is in our "photo blogs"
August 13, 2009
We played a Sandy
Parks Concert yesterday. Oh my gosh what a gorgeous
stage!!! The setting is under huge conifer trees that are
lush and dripping with life. It could have rained and I
don't think anyone would have gotten wet. There was a
beautiful little stream between the audience and the stage
just quietly trickling in the background. To offset
nature's wonders, the event was also marked by the band's
first ever moshing.
There are quite a few
new show reviews for the Urban Monroes' festival appearances
this season. You can see them at the "reviews" link. (to the
August 1 2009
Roast!!! Every show we played all season has
involved large audiences where every eye was on us at all
moments. We love that very much but I think all of us had
forgotten what if feels like to just relax until this
day.It was nice to have everyone worried about the pig for
a change. It was fun. YUM....good food. Nothing like
spending a meal with a good animal. Oh yeah....the bass
almost melted. It was the hottest day on record.
The UM's have been
added to a number of wonderful shows, most recently "Fields
of Bluegrass" with Cary Fields in Indiana in the land of
Bean Blossom and Bill Monroe.
July 27 2009
This year, Columbia
Gorge Bluegrass festival was the best it's ever been.
It's normally a big festival, but the attendance was even
better than in previous years. The String Dusters, Rhonda
Vincent, The Quebe Sisters all put on magnificent shows. There
were also spectacular Gorge views to ponder as well. Every
minute there was something to feast your senses on whether it
was a great band or a beautiful Columbia River sunset. We had
a great show as well! You can see pics on our Myspace Columbia Gorge
Bluegrass Festival Photo Blog
The band has a
beautiful new EPK. If you book shows, let us know and
we'll send one to your inbox. Email
July 21 2009
Darrington Bluegrass Festival was beyond our
expectations. It's known as the grandaddy of the Northwest
bluegrass festivals. It''s sort of a traditional Telluride.
Dale Ann Bradley, Dailey and Vincent and a ton of excellent
bands (click the link to see the line-up) were the deal
there. There were so many night jams of varying levels. I
(Fran) arrived a day before the rest of the band so that was
how I spent my Friday night...just pickin'. After
our first show Saturday, we all drove into the North Cascade
range. Wow. So beautiful up there. Check out our Myspace Darrington Photo
Blog to see pics of the mountains there. Incredible. I
camped on the festival grounds and slept like a baby. I hadn't
slept so well in many weeks.
The Urban Monroes have new playlists for KGNU in
Boulder CO, KUSU-FM Utah, and Allessandria, Italy (don't
have the call letters for the latter.)
June 30, 2009
We were very sad to see
four festivals that we were on the bill for cancel this
season. We still had a great schedule of festivals we were
playing regardless of the situation but you just hate to see
a bluegrass festival go under. The economy has been tough
for these folks and we can only praise them for their hard
work. Amboy BGF, Sandy River BGF, Wilipa Hills BGF, Salmon
June 5, 2009
We headed off to Goldendale to play the Fiddlin
Under the Stars festival.. Any show that takes us up the
Columbia Gorge always has the words "total blast" associated
with it. The Columbia River carved gorge is beautiful to drive
through though very windy. It is the wind surfing capital of
the world. The festival was really fun. We jammed with
many of our friends at night under a gorgeous star
filled sky. There's an observatory nearby where there's really
great viewing. We played three shows and just really enjoyed
ourselves. Found another awesome breakfast place too.
Always a highlight to any trip. We're a breakfast band.
There is going to be a CD give-away on a bluegrass
radio station in Goldendale WA which you can stream
live.Stay tuned here if you want to get a free copy of our
CD "One Fret Makes a Difference." When we get the url
to stream the show from, we'll post the info here. They will
also be playing our music steadily over the next 3 weeks to
promote the Goldendale Bluegrass Festival that we are
playing up there on May 29th and 30th.
Due to the success of
their last radio release, the Urban Monroes were invited to
do another. This will happen in October or November.
"When the Aspens Turn" is the tune. The first release
through Poetman Records returned hundreds of chartable
The UM's have been
added to "Pacifically Bluegrass" on the Bluegrass Mix at
www.bluegrassmix.com. Listen in on Saturday nights.
We received our
airplay report and it was great. Way better than we thought.
We had a song on a radio sampler that also included David
Grisman and Pete Seeger. It has been played a lot!!!
May 15, 2009
We played at the Mississippi Pizza (great music
venue in Portland) with our friends Whiskey Puppy. They are so
much fun and we had a great time. Looking forward to
connecting with them again.
Tune in to World Wide Bluegrass on
Wednesdays at 11 AM Pacific to hear the Urban Monroes
in the show.
Tune in to Feilefm.com at 9:30 AM GMT in Belfast
Ireland on May 1st (FEILE FM 103.2FM) to
hear us in the show Elevansies with Rena Maguire.
March 5 2009
another unbelievable festival with a multitude of national
acts. It was carried off so well. Wintergrass has excellent
organization. We played three shows there including the
mainstage, Ballroom and the Church. The Church is everything
you've ever heard about and more. WOW what a venue. The
acoustics are to die for and the audience is so very
supportive. At Wintergrass a lot of our World Wide Bluegrass
friends showed up like editor Sammie Farnsworth and that
made it that much more special to us.
Summing up the reverb nation stuff, we basically
moved up those charts till we sat at the number 1 spot in
Oregon for several weeks. Lots of people listened and
because of that we stayed there for a long time. At Reveb
Nation people do a lot to keep their songs at the top of the
charts. We didn't do anything like that because we wanted to
get a real sense of people's interest level in our music and
what the songs would do all by themselves. The result was
This is an excerpt from the Nechville Newsletter
published in April: The Nechville company makes banjos
and Matt has an endorsement with them. So this was in their
Spring Banjo Newsletter.
"Matt Gray is well known in Portland's amazing
music scene. His award winning banjo playing runs the range
from hard driving Scruggs picking to single string
progressive work that is emulated by many of the up and
coming players in the region...Matt plays in the Urban
Monroes. They have graced the stage at most of the most
prestigious bluegrass and Americana events in the Pacific
Northwest..." Nechville Musical
the Bradford Street Bluegrass show on WOMR FM in MA 6pm eastern
. Fran will be talking to them live in an interview. Also,
catch the show every Wednesday. You can hear our music
February 11, 2009
Getting ready to
play the Emerald Valley Opry again on Feb 14. I will be
doing a live radio interview at KRVM in Eugene just before
the show. It's a good idea to get tickets early for this
venue as it is always jam packed! Big theater too so that's
a lot of people in order to make it jam packed.
The Urban Monroes are working on a new CD. Two of
the new songs are already being played on several stations
such as Fields of Bluegrass with Cary Allen Fields.
The Urban Monroes music is available on iTunes,
CD Baby and Rhapsody and many other fine stores.
Some of the links are on our front page.
Festival was way too much fun. It was loaded with headlining
acts, everything from Darol Anger and Mike Marshall in
Pschograss, Cadillac Sky, to Ralph Stanley, JD Crowe, Kruger
Brothers, Sierra Hull and...well the list just went on
an on. It was crazy good!!!! We had two shows on the Cascade
Stage. Found these reviews later- "Urban Monroes is a band
to watch for. They have that spark that makes them stand
out... That was from Northwest Bluegrass. Then the Festival
Owner said, "you are magic together, I couldn't tear myself
away from your show" We had such an awesome time
Acoustic Rainbow (Poetman Records) has released
the Urban Monroes single "Time of Your Life" which has gone
out to 1,300 radio stations world wide. Acoustic Rainbow is
the world leader in radio distribution of roots music.
There was an overwhelming response. Here is a sampling of playlists
On August 1st, tune into Worldwidebluegrass.com
and hear our live interview. We will be calling from Cody
Summer Festivals we played :
-Portland Rose Festival -June
-Troutdale Bite and
Bluegrass Festival July 12
-We are at Northwest String Summit on July
18. We will be broadcast across the entire festival grounds
from our live performance on the Peacock Stage.
-We are playing on the main stage at Salem Art
Fair and Music Festival on July 19.
-In August we will be playing Olalla
Bluegrass Festival in Washington
-Bellevue Music Festival in Idaho
-Salmon Festival Oxbow Park, Portland,Oregon
Also coming up- Emerald Valley Opry, Gresham
Little theater and some of our favorite roots based clubs in
Portland this Fall.
Listen to World Wide Bluegrass to hear our music
featured in their stream daily.
Tune into the Blueridge Express Radio Show (98.5
FM Ontario Canada) to hear our music. They profiled our in
May and continue to play us.
We are currently being featured on the front page
of the world's biggest and best Intenet Radio Station, World
Wide Bluegrass (www.worlwidebluegrass.com). They also have
our entire EP in the stream. We will be doing a live
interview with them in August.
Our EP is currently for sale through SNOCAP. The
SNOCAP store will soon be posted on this page.
The Urban Monroes appeared on the Top Artist List
for the national folk and bluegrass DJ organization.
They appeared on the list because of the number of
radio plays they received that were reported in January.
The Urban Monroes are featured at the LR Baggs
Myspace site with their song White River.
-Fran has an artist endorsment deal with LR Baggs.
She has been using
the dual source pickups in her acoustic guitars for several
years and swears by them for the tone they provide while
preserving the acoustic nature of her instruments.
-KXCI Tucson will begin airing our music
-We will be featured on Radio Free FM Germany in
the coming days on the Americana show with Friedrich Hog
-We have new playlists for WVBR, WAER, WLUW and
- We have upcoming airplay on KLCC Eugene
with Frank Gosar, KXCI Tuscon in Henry Hallet and Radio
Upper Galilee in Israel.
-On March 8th we will be playing the Emerald
Valley Opry in Eugene. We hope to see you at this lovely
-Please join us for the St Patrick's Day
Celebration on March 17th at Mississippi Pizza. The show
starts at 9pm and goes to 11pm. We had a completely full
house last time so come on down and enjoy. This is a free
-We are lined out for some really fun fairs and
festivals this summer and fall. We hope to see you
frolicking under the sun and blue skies with us this summer.
-"... you guys are great!" Dallas McCord-Emerald
Valley Opry Board
- During Jan we had many new radio playlist
from around the US and particularly from Europe where we
have had a surge of airplay over the last several weeks. We
thank all of those great dj's for supporting the Urban
- The Urban Monroes were featured today on KVMR
with DJ Eric Rice on the County Line Bluegrass
Show. (Thank you Eric!)
- The Urban Monroes thank Steve Winters -Profiles
in Folk WSHU, and Mara Noelle-Ruby Slippers KVMR for
requesting our music for airplay
- We have had new playlists from Hillbilly
Rockhouse, Country Rose radio shows
- The Urban Monroes thank the following DJ's for
requesting their music. Manechem Vinegrad- Radio Upper
Galilee Israel, Graham Mcdonald -Art Sound FM Australia,
Peter Fraissinet- Salt Creek Show New York, Bill Stuart
-Folk Bluegrass and More Florida, Larry Hoyt- Common Threads
Show New York
-Tune in to KVMR on Saturday for the County Line
Bluegrass Show. They will be spinning several of our tracks.
You can stream it at www.kvmr.org with DJ Eric Rice
- We received an awesome new playlist from the
show "Country Rose" featuring "White River"
-Oh, we received another awesome playlist from
Chicago DJ John Write WLUW at Loyala University. The
Urban Monroes say "Thank YOU"
- we received a great playlist from WRKF
Batton Rouge with our music in it. Thanks for the spin
-The Urban Monroes thank the following DJ's for
requesting their music for airplay: Eric Rice-KVMR,
Gerd Stassen-Hillbilly Rockhouse, Carolyn
VandeWiele-Womanspace &Tue AM Music Mix, Sue
Demond-KLOI, Taylor Caffey-Hootenany Power
-We have been asked to play live over the airwaves
at the California Bluegrass Association Grass Valley
Festival. We will play live in the KVMR tent at the
festival. Should be great fun.
-Last week we were spun on Bowed Radio which then
went out to a rather large network of radio stations who
played the Bowed Radio Show with our song in it. That
was kind of cool.
-Last month we were featured in an entire block on
a radio show called "Misty Mountain Jam"
-Our banjo player Matt has an artist endorsement
with Nechville. Stop in at the Nechville booth at
Rivercity Festival to hear Matt tearing it up on his