We’ve posted before about Monroeville, their strong contemporary bluegrass sound, and their aggressive approach to marketing and promotion. The band emerged almost fully intact from working with Barry Scott, and have been recording and promoting their new venture since they first hit the ground during the summer of 2010.
A first single from a debut project is due before the end of March, and the guys have launched a new interactive web site as a hub for Monroeville and their just-launched independent label, Monroeville Records. Mandolinist Matt Munsey, whose publicity firm (Blu Wav) handles the band’s promotion, said that they entertained offers from a number of existing record companies, but in the end, decided that they should keep it all in house.
“We feel we have a solid team in place to push this band wherever it needs to go. We are confident in the product we are currently making in the studio, and our live performances are getting amazing responses.”
In addition to Munsey, the band consists of Daniel Salyer on bass, Travis Houck on resonator guitar, Zane Petty on banjo, Seth Taylor on guitar and Matt Flake on fiddle.
Munsey is especially proud of their new site, which was created by the Blu Wav folks to allow for fans and friends to communicate with one another, and with the band online. Their focus is on the youth market, and he tells us that younger fans react positively to this format, which draws heavily from the familiar Facebook and MySpace sites.
Blu Wav has created a similarly-themed site for Fitzmaurice, another strong young bluegrass contender. Both sites not only seek to promote the musical endeavors of their owners, but co-promote other young artists at the same time.
While we await the new single, here’s a live video of Monroeville performing the classic Wild Bill Jones.