Brad Monk and the Union Band
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Canadian Boys, also known as Monk and The Union Band have become known for their outstanding performances, songwriting and stellar musicianship. Each of the players brings an impressive set of influences and pedigree to the mix: noted Producer and songwriter Gerry Mosby presents himself on Bass and backing Vocals. Gerry has produced the last two Monk records. Also a mainstay in the Union Band are Steve Briggs, (BeBop Cowboys) Guitar and Burke Carroll, Pedal Steel, Brent Barkman, Hammond Organ and Blake Manning (Jim Cuddy) on Drums. Within the band, they have played and toured with everyone from Gowan to Merle Haggard to Blue Rodeo.
Recently focusing on recording, the band has never sounded better and with a much anticipated new record being released in the Spring of 07, this could be the year for this very talented group.
- Vancouver Skyline Press


As part of this years NXNE festival, playing this Friday night at the Cadillac Lounge is a full line-up of talented Country musicians. Among them you'll find one of Toronto's more exciting Country Rock bands, Monk and the Union Band. Their debut self-titled record was a top seller in the American south college scene and their high energy, rock solid country pedigree is worth the price of admission.

Now pick: **** (out of five) - Now Magazine


Monk and The Union Band showed up to impress a sold out crowd in Guelph's Stampede Ranch. The seven piece band of Canadian "who's who of country players" were there to win this final round of the competition. Over the next three months Monk and his band of highway men will compete nationally to win the grand prize of opening for Paul Brandt at the Country 95.3 Canada Day Jam. - Country 95.3


Brad Monk and the Union Band have done themselves proud by making the top sellers list in the category of Americana/Country, at CD Baby. The Debut Record 'Monk' was a hit with College and University crowds in both Canada and the US. This 'live' sounding high energy Country/Americana is a CD worthy of keeping in the dashboard player for a long time. - CD BABY. Com


Discography

1. Monk
Released 2005
Available at CD Baby and on i-tunes

2. Down To the River
Released 2007

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Brad Monk is a Toronto born singer/songwriter. While he enjoys writing for other artists, recently Monk has released his second record 'Down To The River' to a sold out show in Toronto. No one sits down when this band is playing. Monk's music gets people standing. The high energy band is really the who's who of Canadian country music. A must see in '07

Influences include:

Lyle Lovett, Bars, Summer, Ry Cooder, Jack Daniels, The Band, Stars, Ricky Skaggs, Gospel Singers, Tom Jones, Twister, Tour Buses, Jeans, Hank Williams, Motorcycles, Beer, Lucinda Williams, Zack Starkey, Steve Gadd, Oscar Wilde, Gene Autry, Kurt Swinghammer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Andy Warhol, Brett Favre, John Cleese, Willy Loman, Emmylou Harris, Harmonica Solos, Fishing, The key of G, Bill Collings, Steve Briggs, Casablanca, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart, Country Highways, Barney Fife, Black Cat Gum, Tim Thorney, Nashville, The Dixie Chicks, Steve Martin, Tom Waits, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Texas, Ron Sexsmith, Martin, Pie, Rodeo, Martin Luther King, Triumph/Ducati, Pedal Steel, Roy Rogers, Jack Palance, Sheryl Crow (without Lance) Niagara Falls, Chris Farley, The Wood Brothers, God, Lucille Ball, Holidays, John Lennon, Ocean Views, Troy Feener, Blake Manning, Old Cars, Sunsets, Banjos, Superbowl Playoffs, Nick Hornby, Alice in Wonderland, Coffee, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sleep, James Dean, Girls who dance, The Killers, Black Eyed Peas, Robert Johnson, Carol Burnett, Ray Ban, Brent Barkman, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, Oscar, Janis Joplin, The key of E, Dan Tyminski, Ralph Stanley, The Radio, Black and Decker, Gerry Mosby, Joe and Sam Monk, Fender, Tequila, Bonfires, A Good Suit, Neil Peart, Journey, Blue Rodeo, Carol Pope, AC/DC, Roy Rogers, Steve Earle, Eric Yealland, Willie Nelson, Bare Feet, Going to the 7th, New York, Wyatt Erp, The Tin Man, Leslie Neilson, James Stewart, Speed, Life, Faith, Love

(and Bob Dylan)