Rick Monroe

Rick Monroe

BandCountryAcid Jazz

A perfect blend of Alt Contemporary & Classic Country, a dash of Southern Roots Rock and just the right amount of showmanship.

Biography

Born in Florida, he grew up in a variety of places -- California, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, even England.  After settling in Nashville and launching his career, the young singer/songwriter performed in every state except Oregon (an omission he aims to rectify soon). He's sung the National Anthem during Fourth of July celebrations in Vietnam, performed in more than a dozen countries and entertained former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who expressed his thanks by kissing Monroe on the cheek and calling him "pop star."

But as far as he's wandered, Monroe has always stood firm on the bedrock of country music.  And with the release of "Great Minds Drink Alike," the third single from his EP, IT'S A LOVE THING, Monroe brings it all back home.

Cracking the Billboard Top 50 shortly after its release, this good-time anthem triggered an instant thumbs-up from MusicRow ("This oomph rocker is produced and sung with great gusto … Shut up and dance!"), One Stop Country ("Rick Monroe's strong vocals blend perfectly with each chord."), East Bay Express (" … a killer track!") and other media outlets.

"I'd like to say that this song came about from some great epiphany," says Monroe.  "But what happened was, I saw a plaque that read 'Great Minds Drink Alike' and I thought, 'I can't believe that no one has written this song!  I'd better get to it quickly!'  So Dan Adams and I got together that night and knocked it out.  It was one of those songs that are already there; you just have to peel away a couple of layers to get to it."

It's an instant country classic, a snapshot series of barroom escapades set to a pounding beat and sing-along hook.  It also only hints at Monroe's capabilities.  Having already seen more of the world and its people than many get to experience in a lifetime, this gifted troubadour possesses a rare empathy with people from all backgrounds.

"No matter where you go, they key word is 'people,'" he affirms.  "People are people. Everybody has the same wants and needs.  Once I realized that, it actually took a lot of pressure off from me.  No matter where I was playing, I understood that everyone just wants to have a good time.  All I have to do is enjoy what I'm doing onstage and it'll transfer to them, because the more you see of the world, the more open you are to the world."

Committed fully to music, Monroe went to Los Angeles and enrolled in the Musicians Institute, where he concentrated on vocal studies.  He also started picking up gigs in local country bars.  There weren't enough of them to keep him booked full-time, though, so he began adding trips to Nashville to nurture his songwriting skills.  Eventually, as he puts it, "I realized it was stupid to keep going back and forth."

With that, Monroe relocated to Nashville and began building his career.  On a shoestring budget, he recorded a debut album, AGAINST THE GRAIN and cut his first video on "The Midnight Rider."  He learned on the job how to work the business side of music, culminating in long-term relationships with his various sponsors.

His most enduring corporate relationship dates back seven years, with Jägermeister, who welcomed Monroe as the first artist ever to play in their office lobby at Wolfenbüttel, Germany.  He continues to be the Brand Ambassador for the annual Jägermeister Country Tour.  Guest headliners have included Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Randy Houser, Aaron Lewis and other major names; only Monroe has been invited on each trek as the welcoming act and emcee.

While this tour has served Monroe well, this year he assigns top priority to progressing his own career.  He has already clocked around 45,000 miles on radio tours since the beginning of the year.  He has opened for an array of major artists, including Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Church and Montgomery Gentry. He has signed new sponsorship deals.  And by August "Great Minds" was on the rise from No. 49 on the Billboard chart, further broadening his impact among country fans.

"IT'S A LOVE THING shows the kind of diversity I can offer as an artist," he says.  "I'm not so linear in my approach to music; I'm more diversified.  My influences range from A to Z and I always try to put that into my music.  But my home base will always be country because it's not just about the hype of an idea; it's based on songs.  To me, country is like going out for steak and potatoes as opposed to grabbing a Reese's cup on your way out the door -- it might taste good but it's not going to keep you alive."

Lyrics

Dance Hall King

Written By: © Rick Monroe

The whistle blows that means another week is done
Time to cash my check, go out and have some fun
Pick my gal up at a quarter till eight
Come on baby you know we can't be late
This trains a rolling and it won't wait

I feel like a star tonight
I’m executing each step so right
It’s feeling better than it did in my own dreams
I feel like the dance hall king

Fix your hair up right
And put your best dress on
Lets hit the floor ain't that our favorite song
Tip to toe we're stepping down the line
I'm so happy you are mine
You keep moving right in time

I feel like a star tonight
I’m executing each step so right
It’s feeling better than it did in my own dreams
I feel like the dance hall king

Yeah it's on me I'm gonna buy the next round
I can't believe all the new friends I've found
So lift up your bottle and let out a cheer I'm so happy you all are here Let's kick this sucker into gear

I feel like a star tonight
I’m executing each step so right
It’s feeling better than it did in my own dreams
I feel like the dance hall king

I Remember The Music

Written By: © Ashley Gorley & Wade Kirby

Head lights a hundred cars
Behind somebody’s daddy’s farm
Batteries draining blasting those radio
Another long lost summer night
I’ll pass a no trespassing sign
Burning time with friends I use to know

All the years have washed away
The voices faces and the names
But anytime I think about those days…

I remember the music that was playing
The way we were singing right along
I still know every word by heart
And I remember the feeling and the magic
Of the moment the rhythm of that song
Dancing underneath the stars
Well I might forget some things we said
and what we did
When I think about the way it was back then… I remember the music

Don’t know if it was you or me
Different roads or different dreams
All I know is someone said good bye
Maybe we weren’t ready yet to let go of
Our innocents I guess we’ll never know the reason why

Broken hearts tears and mistakes
All vanish like a summer rain
And when I wipe my eyes I see your face…

I remember the music that was playing
The way we were singing right along
I still know every word by heart
And I remember the feeling and the magic
Of the moment the rhythm of that song
Dancing underneath the stars
Well I might forget some things we said
and what we did
When I think about the way it was back then… I remember the music

That song plays in my mind
Like a sweet lullaby every time
I think about you I…

I remember the music that was playing
The way we were singing right along
I still know every word by heart
And I remember the feeling and the magic
Of the moment the rhythm of that song
Dancing underneath the stars
Well I might forget some things we said
and what we did
When I think about the way it was back then… I remember the music

Wrapped In You

Written By: Rick Monroe & Court Conner (©2004)

Another beautiful day
Barely awake
As we watch the sun move across the hard wood floor
We could watch TV
Or drift back to sleep
Whatever we choice
We’re already dressed for

And you ask me what I want to do today
I just smile and say…

I want to be wrapped in you
The whole day through
If there’s a heaven on earth
It’s already there
I want to be wrapped in
Perfect world for two
You ask me what I want to do
I want to be wrapped up in you

Put the coffee on
Pull the shades down tight
We’ll let the world outside just fade away
How you like your eggs?
Over easy for me
We got everything we need
We’ve got it made

And you ask me what I want to do today
I just smile and say…

I want to be wrapped in you …

Just A Pretty Picture

Written By: Rick Monroe, Joshua Carre & Matt Troja

I found a photograph of us today
We were holding hands and cracking smiles
The two of us looked so much in love
I guess pictures can lie

The faces we put on for the outside world
Don’t tell the story at all
The lines of pain were running deeper than they seem
It looks much better than I recall

CHORUS:
It’s just a pretty picture in black and white
It was all so perfect there in that forgiving light
It’s just a moment captured in a frame
What a pretty picture, I wish we really felt that way

I stared for hours trying to rationalize
Why you never smiled like that for me
Got me wondering if I’d lost something there
But I remembered that’s not who we really used to be

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
I remember nights of fighting
And how we never forgave
I keep searching through my long lost memories
I can’t seem to find this face
Was it all erased?

No use crying over what never was
Guess I’ll just throw it all away I start to throw it (the picture) aaway, then
But I choose to hold on to this photograph because
I’d rather remember us this way

CHORUS

OUTRO CHORUS:
A pretty picture, a snapshot in time
A faded portrait taken between the lines
Forget the story of all we’ve been through
This pretty picture will be my memory of you

Honky Tonk Road Trip

Written By: Rick Monroe / Larry Holden

Honky Tonk Trip
©2007 R. Monroe / L. Holden

There's a map on my dash with whole US of A
It's got every honky tonk marked in about every state
And the way that girl broke my heart I couldn't hang around
So I loaded up my old truck and headed out of town..
I was Honky Tonk bound

As I tried to drive her right out of my mind
Saw my first destination under that broken neon sign
I pulled in, hopped out walked straight up to the bar
The band played Waltz Across Texas with that slow steel guitar

I bought them all a round, said don't you dare you play nothing sweet
but turn it and show me your best Kick Ass Country beat

Chorus:

Next day I'm late to rise but get right to the road
Headed for the next star on the map called the Grizzley Rose
I heard the girls in Denver could take that heart ache off my mind
I pull right up right at Sunset, I've been making damn good time

I buy the bar a round tell the DJ what I need, is something that will
get this whole place up on their feet

Chorus:

After 10 thousand miles, Wild nights of endless fun
I knew it was time, to bring an end to this run
Almost home don't you know I couldn't believe my eye
When I saw that brand new Honky Tonk sign

Right here in my neighborhood and it's just around the block
i drove that girl right off my mind, and now its time to rock

Chorus:

Not That Complicated

Written By: Rick Monroe / Matt Troja

NOT THAT COMPLICATED

Does she say what she means
Does she mean what she says at all
Does she see what she gets
Does she get what she sees at all

I could never read her mind
(But) was it harder than it had to be
Did I twist things all around
I don’t know

CHORUS:
She’s not that complicated
She’s no real mystery
It’s not that complicated
She just don’t want me

Does she need what she wants
Does she want what she needs at all
Is it all the same to her
(And) does she think about these things at all

Was she ever really mine
Did I push her farther away from me
Did I turn it (things) upside down
I don’t know

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
She won’t try to break my fall
She don’t want a thing at all from me
She don’t take and she don’t give
That is just the way she is
But I know she knows the moment it’s over
It’s over, over

SOLO

Repeat VERSE 1 B SECTION

CHORUS 2x

OUTRO

Discography

2010"Get UR Country On"
2008 "Honky Tonk Road Trip"
2007 "Ace Of Spades"
2006 Against The Grain
"Midnight Rider" single on Music Row for 11 weeks & the Video on CMT
http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/monroe_rick/artist.jhtml

Charted Singles:
"Can I Call You Home" #19
"Life Goes On In LA" #25 Gold Award winning video.
"Day by Day" #40

Set List

RICK MONROE SET LIST
RICK MORNOE SET LIST

AC/DC
Shook Me
Back In Black

Alabama
Dixieland Delight

Jason Aldean
Hick Town
Johnny Cash

Gary Allan
Alright Guy

Keith Anderson
Wildflowers

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Fishin' In The Dark

Dierks Bentley
Whole Lot Of Leaving Left To Do
What Was I Thinking

Garth Brooks
Callin' Baton Rouge
Pappa Loves Momma
Aint' Going Down
Friends In Low Places
The Dance

Allman Brothers
Midnight Rider
Melissa
Whipping Post

Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison
Ring Of Fire

David Allen Coe
Best Damn Country Song Ever
The Ride

Buck Cherry
Crazy Bitch

Kenny Chesney
Summer Time
No Shirt No Shoes

Elvis Costello
Alison

Social Distortion
Ball & Chain

Brooks & Dunn
Ain't Nothing About You
Boot Scootin' Boogie
Husbands & Wives

Rascal Flatts
What Hurts The Most

Marvin Gaye
Let’s Get it On

Pat Green
Wave On Wave

Montgomery Gentry
Hillybilly Shoes

Jimi Hendrix
Little Wing

Billy Idol