“I was determined to carve out a music of my own. I didn’t want to copy anybody.” ~ Bill Monroe
Since the band’s inception four years ago, the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Band of the Year, Monroeville, has been on a mission; bring musicians back to music. At a time when live show auto-tune reigns supreme, and even country music’s elite are lip-syncing, Monroeville is true blue. Ranging in age from 20 to 33, each member of Monroeville is not only a seasoned performer, but a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Fans love their “new songs that sound old” and that sound is unmistakeable; these young men are playing country music from a fundamentally country background- their combined 120 years of bluegrass playing.
At the band’s core is a belief that good music knows no boundaries.
“Can’t Put Me Out” Released on April 1st”
“Can’t Put Me Out”, Monroeville’s first full-length project, is personal. It personifies their ability to keep moving forward despite heartbreak or obstacles. It’s a project that showcases their true uniqueness.
“Can’t Put Me Out” has 11 original songs, all written by members of the band, and explores several different genres, with one Doc Boggs traditional, re-tooled in Monroeville’s signature style.
Matt Munsey, founding member and leader of Monroeville, states,
“The title of the project, named from the first song on the album, “Can’t Put Me Out”, is for the underdogs – the ones that get underestimated and overlooked. You might get stepped on, but they can’t put out your fire. It was a fitting theme that also translated very easily to artwork.” – Matt Munsey
Monroeville has a sound that’s earned the respect of their peers, with original songs from previous recordings being performed and recorded by other groups. But the greatest honor has been in an ever growing fan base across different genres from all over the world. The social media sites have shown their appeal in country, bluegrass and underground rock genres. Their music appeals to everyone, from every walk of life.
The first two- yes, two releases: “Drunkard’s Lone Child” and “Be Natural”, are being released simultaneously to not only show the industry two distinct styles of the band, but to allow the fans the choice within the musical spectrum Monroeville. “Drunkard’s Lone Child” is a dark, classic song given the full Monroeville treatment, and “Be Natural” is a timely reminder to be who YOU were created to be.
Monroeville is no stranger to the stage. Each member individually has a long a long resume of performing for thousands of crowds in venues all over the world. As a unit, they have performed at Grey Fox in New York 3 years on the main stage, RockyGrass in Colorado, ROMP in Owensboro, KY, for CMA Week 3 years, hosted the Hard Rock AcoustiCana Series in Nashville during International Bluegrass Music Association Week, sang the National Anthem for the University of TN, The Smokies, and NASCAR, and performed for NASCAR Bristol Motor Speedway on the GAC Stage. And, when not traveling, since 2010, Monroeville has been wowing visitor’s at one of the country’s top tourist destinations, Gatlinburg, TN. It is here, over their 10 hour work days playing music, that the group has been honing their show, and gaining fans from all over the world.
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