Devil’s Rope from Monroeville

Monroeville, that feisty young bunch from the Blue Ridge mountains, have released a music video of themselves performing Devil’s Rope live, in a quasi-studio setting. Another studio version of the song is included on their recent, self-titled debut album, which also features a guest spot from one of the songwriters, Skip Ewing.

The video was professionally shot and edited by Wes Jones, with multi-tracked audio. It comes off a bit like a performance on a daytime TV set, shot at the Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park, site of the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival.

The band is notable not only for their youth and musicianship, but for the attention they pay to publicity and promotion. As the saying goes, it doesn’t matter how well you play if nobody hears you.

This could be the breakout effort for Daniel Salyer, Monroeville lead vocalist, who has been impressing close observers of the bluegrass scene for the past couple of years with his fine singing and songwriting. The group also includes Matthew Munsey on mandolin and vocals, Matt Flake on fiddle, Travis Houck on resonator guitar, Seth Taylor on guitar, and Zane Petty on banjo.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.