|Nashville, TN (May 8, 2017) -- Singer/songwriter Rick Monroe has been hard at work for the last several months promoting the May 12 release of his new EP, GYPSY SOUL. Now, with the clock ticking to Friday's official release, Monroe is doubling down. One Country will premiere the disc's title track today, and fans can listen live tomorrow, May 9, when Rick visits with Devon O'Day at 5:15 p.m. CT on WSM-AM's "Nashville Today" show. On Wednesday, The Boot will premiere "Rage On," the Outlaw/Southern Gospel sensation from the six-track EP; The Alternate Root will feature the gritty number in their Top 10 Songs of the Week on Saturday. Sean Giovanni (John Rich, Clint Black, Big & Rich) produced five tracks for the project, while renowned engineer/producer JD Shuff (Collin Raye, CeCe Wynans) helmed one. GYPSY SOUL can pre-ordered now at iTunes.
Early reviewers are saying:
"Really enjoying this EP. Fine original Country with some great perceptive lyrics."
- David Allan, Country Music People Magazine
"A great introduction to Monroe's skills as a singer and songwriter. It's a journey that visits just about every facet of his musical soul, and with sumptuous results."
- Greg Victor, ParcBench
"The face of tomorrow's Country. Well done." - Midwest Record Recap
The EP's groove-based first single, "This Side Of You," is already resonating with radio and listeners alike. The track is currently sitting at #52 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart, and holds the #60 position on the BILLBOARD Indicator Chart. Fans can enjoy the track on Spotify.
Rick's live shows are also garnering attention, and promoters are applauding his talents:
"WOW! People were talking about this for weeks after his performance. Not an empty seat in the house. Oh, did I mention, he was up against Miranda Lambert who was in concert down the road?"
- HonkyTonk Saloon / Ladson, SC
"Rick Monroe put on an awesome show; he had the crowd rocking from the first song till the last."
- Ben Owenby, Owner of Johnny and June's / Winston-Salem, NC
"Rick is a favorite at the Mad Boar. A class act, one of the best we have ever had, can't say enough about him as an artist and a person."
- Julius L. Wilson, Director of Hospitality / Mad Boar and River Landing / Wallace, NC
In addition to performances and appearances at CMA Music Festival 2017, Rick's upcoming shows include:
MAY 8 - Nashville, TN - Blue Bar
MAY 12 - Savannah, GA - Saddle Bags
MAY 13 - Augusta, GA - Coyotes Nightclub
MAY 16 - Murrells Inlet, SC - The Little Original Beaver Bar
MAY 17 - Murrells Inlet, SC - The Little Original Beaver Bar
MAY 19 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC - Pirate's Cove Lounge
MAY 20 - Wallace, NC - The Mad Boar
MAY 26 - Rock Island, IL - RIDRS
MAY 27 - Wisconsin Dells, WI - Edge O Dells Resort
MAY 29 - Madison, WI - The World's Largest Brat Fest with Joe Diffie
JUNE 2 - Shawnee, OK - Brickhouse Saloon
JUNE 3 - Oak Creek, WI - Bootz Saloon & Grill
JUNE 9 - Madison, WI - Red Rock Saloon
JUNE 10 - Nashville, TN - CMA Music Festival - Budweiser Forever Country Stage
JUNE 10 - Nashville, TN - CMA Music Festival - Roper Booth
JUNE 16 - Alamosa, CO - San Luis Valley Brewing Company
JUNE 23 - Shelbyville, IN - Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
JUNE 24 - Roanoke, VA - Sidewinders
JUNE 25 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival
ABOUT Rick Monroe
Born in Clearwater, Florida, Rick grew up in California, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, and England. His outgoing personality and love of music naturally drew him to the stage - and he's never looked back. Rick's previous EP, IT'S A LOVE THING, includes his third Billboard hit "Great Minds Drink Alike." The "Great Minds" music video has logged over 300,000 views to date on YouTube, and helped boost Monroe's already impressive fan base. The seven-time Jagermeister Country Brand Ambassador has opened for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and more. Rick entertained former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and U.S. troops in Vietnam. In 2016, he traveled over 100,000 miles and performed over 120 shows. Rick enjoys sponsorships and/or endorsements with Monster Energy Drink, Banded Brand (Clothing and Water Fowl Gear), Framus Guitars, Speakeasy Original (custom jewelry), CRKT Knives, GHS Strings, Shubb Capos, Westone (In Ear Monitors) and Fishman Audio.
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