Founded in 2000, Monroe Crossing plays 140-150 shows each year, to include The Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield
WI, Branson’s Silver Dollar City, the legendary Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View AR, The Kennedy Center in
Washington DC, and a command performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014 following their debut concert there in 2013!
They are the only bluegrass band ever inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (2007), and have been
invited twice (2007, 2014) by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as an Official Showcase Artist
at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention.
Just released in January, 2015, “Because You Asked” is Monroe Crossing's 14th CD in their 15 years together. One
of their trademarks is their willingness to perform audience requests. Since it's such a large part of each show, they
assembled a collection of popular requests recorded live throughout the past year for this latest CD.
Included in their discography is composer Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” recorded with
the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers in 2007. They have been honored to perform this work over fifty times with
choirs from coast to coast.
Monroe Crossing regularly performs to sold out Theatres and Performing Arts Centers across the country, headlines
bluegrass festivals, state & county fairs, and makes numerous other public and private appearances. They are
renowned both for their dynamic stage show and for the warmth they share on and off stage, interacting with the
audience and always honoring requests after the intermission.
“Frankly, even as familiar with the band in live performance as I am, I did not expect a performance as spectacular
as this one was, one of the most memorable shows I've seen during the 30-year run of the Emelin's bluegrass concert
series.” — Arnie Fleischer, Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck NY
“I dare ANYONE to watch Monroe Crossing and not get happy!” — D.A. Callaway, Silver Dollar City, Branson
“Your stage presence and interaction with the audience was outstanding. The vocals were amazing, and your
musicianship was absolutely top-notch.” — Marty Scarbrough, KASU’s Bluegrass Mondays, Paragould AR
Monroe Crossing’s two-set performance typically features original compositions and unique arrangements of
bluegrass classics such as “Orange Blossom Special” and “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow,” and gospel favorites
like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace” and”Down To The River To Pray.” And don’t be surprised if they include
some great “crossing” tunes like The Temptations’ “My Girl” or Etta James’ “At Last,” both found on their 2005 CD
“Somebody Like You.”
For interviews, contact:
Derek Johnson at 612-720-3746, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Matt Thompson, 651-276-7778, email@example.com
Monroe Crossing’s Road Manager is Mark Anderson: 612.386.1070, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monroe Crossing’s tour schedule and recordings can be obtained at www.monroecrossing.com
To book Monroe Crossing, contact Art Blackburn at 763.213.1349, email@example.com
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