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Rick Monroe

| Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Established on Jan, 2015
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“Great Minds Drink Alike“ is Rick Monroe’s latest single off his It’s A Love Thing CD. The song was co-written by Dan Adams.

Let me tell you, these guys know how to write a good-time tune. This southern fried rock uptempo anthem makes you feel like you want to get up and dance, just as much as go mudding or riding a jet ski. Like this earworm melody sings, “Having a good time is something we all want to do.”

Listening to “Great Minds Drink Alike” is like hearing a party, and you’re gonna wanna go out, cut loose and get your get on! Definitely a ditty that gives you permission to let your hair down and celebrate life, and that’s what it’s all about.

I hope “Great Minds Drink Alike” reminds you to take a break from life and have fun as often as you can. One of my favorite parts of the song is:

“The captain took a swing at Jack, Evan Williams had his back with his tall cool friend Budweiser”

Perfect lyrics for a feel good party song. I find myself not being able to stay still when listening to it. Wanna get a party started, pop this in and hit play at any occasion: instant celebration atmosphere. Well written with an awesome beat to back up the lyrics, this is one of my favorites by Rick Monroe.

“Great Minds Drink Alike,” will be hitting radio May 18th. Be sure to call your local radio station to request it.

“Gravel roads and dance halls you know we know how to live y’all Great minds drink alike.” - Carol Sweeney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 17, 2015) – Rick Monroe, whose current single “Great Minds Drink Alike” is rising both the Billboard Indicator and Music Row radio charts, will join the Jägermeister Presents: Lee Brice country concert series as the brand ambassador and emcee for the seventh consecutive year.

“I am honored to be invited back as the Jägermeister brand ambassador and emcee of the concert series,” says Rick Monroe. “This will be my seventh Jägermeister tour, having performed on this tour with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Eli Young Band, Aaron Lewis, and a few others. These shows are something the fans look forward to, as much as I do, because they know it is always a party!”

With its long history of promoting a myriad of musical genres as diverse as the brand itself, Jägermeister has recently announced its partnership with GRAMMY award nominated country artist Lee Brice for the “Jägermeister Presents: Lee Brice” country concert series. The multi-city tour will run through September and October, and feature some of today’s brightest up and coming stars at the shows.

Find Rick Monroe online at www.rickmonroe.com.
For more information on Jägermeister, visit jager.com or facebook.com/jagerusa.

Tour dates are as follows:
9/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
9/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia at LA Live
9/13 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
9/16 – Worley, ID – Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel: The Event Center
9/17 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center
9/18 – Minden, NV – TJ’s Corral at the Carson Valley Inn
9/24 – Springfield, MO – Shrine Mosque
9/25 – Enid, OK – Enid Event Center
9/26 – Muskogee, OK – Muskogee Civic Center
9/30 – Fredericksburg, VA – Celebrate Virginia Live at Pancho Villa Pavilion
10/1 – Williamsport, PA – Community Arts Center
10/2 – Wallingford, CT– Toyota Presents Oakdale
10/3 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
10/8 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Arena
10/9 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre: Murat Theatre
10/22 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
10/23 – Danville, IL – David S. Palmer Arena
10/24 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre

2015 is proving to be a busy year for Monroe who posted a Billboard Top 50 hit with the sensual track “Fire’s Out,” a single from his EP “It’s a Love Thing.” Monroe has toured extensively both as a solo act and as an opener for some of country’s biggest stars. He has played for audiences as diverse as local festivals to command performances for heads of state. An ambassador for country music, Monroe travels the world to perform his unique brand of country, and he was among the first country singers to perform in Russia and China. He’s opened for Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Church, Dwight Yoakam, and Aaron Lewis, just to name a few.

ABOUT JÄGERMEISTER: Jägermeister, which translates to "master hunter,” is the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States and one of the top shot brands in the world. The full-bodied flavor of Jägermeister, which includes cinnamon, star anise, ginger and cardamom, is a result of a lengthy maceration to extract aromatic compounds from a closely guarded recipe of 56 herbs, roots, blossoms and fruits, plus aging in oak casks for one year. The production process is exacting and includes sourcing the ingredients in their raw, unprocessed form, along with 383 quality checks to ensure its iconic taste profile. Jägermeister Liqueur is 35% Alc. /Vol. and imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY. JÄGERMEISTER IS DEDICATED TO MUSIC, NOT UNDERAGE DRINKING. - Webster PR

“This oomphy rocker is produced and sung with great gusto. And who can argue with a title this witty? Shut up and dance.”
- Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow Magazine (May 15, 2015) - - Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow Magazine

Rick Monroe’s latest single “Great Minds Drink Alike” is an ode to the bar culture. To bars out in the country, to bars in little towns, to honky-tonks and hellraisers everywhere. We’re all going to be there and we can’t wait to see you it’s our every weekend special.

What I love about this song so much is that it perfectly lays out what it is. It starts out with “What I’m saying ain’t nothing new ain’t gonna reinvent the wheel we’re having a good time something we all wanna do we’re just saying what we think and feel.” A little while in he says “Yeah, you’re right this ain’t no love song but it’s the best that I can do.” An honest line if ever there was one, this song makes known exactly what they’re looking for and chasing after - that every Friday night until Sunday morning time, drinking and hanging out with all their friends. We’re all glad to be together, been waiting on this all week and now we’re going to get “hot women cold beer, Chevy trucks and John Deeres, everybody’s hitching a ride.”

My favorite of Monroe’s songs I can’t wait to play this song on repeat in whatever bar I’m in. His voice, the guitar and distinctive lyrics are all on par and are the best I’ve heard from him yet! If you can’t wait to hear/see more either he’s on tour in California this month and for June he’s going to have a New Jersey show along with a couple of shows and appearances at CMAFest. - Lovin Lyrics


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

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



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."

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