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Monroeville - CMA Week Appearances and New Recording

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MonroevilleAnyone knows that to do something right, there must be a lot of hard work and persistence. We're learning what that means more and more as our band grows. There are always paths to choose and decisions to make. We have consistently tried to make the wisest choices with the information provided to us. This is especially difficult because there is no rule book for what we want to do. There is no airplane safety sheet with pretty little pictures telling us what do in case of emergency. In some ways that can be daunting, but in other ways it allows you a lot of freedom.

From the very beginning of Monroeville, we have had a vague idea of what the band was capable of and where we wanted to go with it, but only now is the mist rising enough for us to actually see how to get from point A to point B. The next chapter of Monroeville is the part of the book that really starts to draw you in.

We are releasing a new single in June. This new song is just a taste of the creativity coming from our group. Our guys are really tuning into each other musically and creatively. Part of that has been from the amount of time we have been playing together. Our good friends at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery have given us an opportunity to play together up to 50 hours a week. Granted, "Rocky Top" and "Dueling Banjo"s have become a regular part of our set list in Gatlinburg, but this amount of playing has kept our chops up! Another part of Monroeville syncing together has been in our songwriting and arranging. Monroeville is fortunately blessed with some amazing lyricists and imaginative ears. Now, we are writing as a band, and developing material that captures each musician and what they bring to the table.

At Ole Smoky Moonshine in Gatlinburg, Monroeville was honored to perform The National Anthem and "Rocky Top" for the Tennessee State Rocky Top Trails Unveling.

All of this has culminated into our latest recording session... With everything out of the way the creativity would just happen organically and most importantly, live in one room...The way we were able to capture what we imagined in such a transparent way just blew us all away. Right then we knew that this combination was something we needed to stick with.

Live from Music City Roots, May 16, 2012. "Rambler's Song" by Daniel Salyer...

Looking back down the last two years since we formed Monroeville, we can see how we have providentially been lead to the exact places we needed to be at the exact times we needed to be there. The right people have been lead to us. It’s like we are creating a mass with it’s own gravity.

People are drawn to us and immediately know there is something different and special about this group. They want to be a part of it because they know something will come of it. There is NO DOUBT in our minds that there is no limit to what we can do. With a humble spirit and a sharp mind we can achieve amazing things.

Look for us on the road this Summer. We are blessed to be a part of many great shows with many more in the works right now! ~ Matthew Munsey

Check out our schedule here:

Upcoming dates:

  • June 10, Dollywood, WDVX Stage, Pigeon Forge, TN
  • June 29, ROMP, Owensboro, KY*
  • July 19 and 20, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY*
  • July 28, RockyGrass, Lyons, CO
*denotes performances and scheduled workshops offered by bandmembers

This next week's appearances:

  • Friday, June 1 - 1:20 and 5:30 p.m. - Graves Mountain Festival of Music - Syria, VA - Listed as one of USA Today's top 10 Bluegrass Festivals to not miss.
  • Saturday, June 2 - Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival - Preston, CT - Also featruing Dailey & Vincent and The Steeldrivers
  • Monday, June 4 - 8 p. m. - Margaritaville AcoustiCana Series - Nashville, TN
  • Wednesday, June 6, 6 p.m. - Hard Rock Cafe' - Nashville, TN

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