Monroe Crossing starts the New Year with a brand new CD, "Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum". Another adventurous work by composer Carol Barnett and librettist Marisha Chamberlain, "Mortals & Angels" once again features the collaboration of Monroe Crossing and the renowned Minneapolis choir VocalEssence under the direction of Philip Brunelle.
Aside from the 12 movement Te Deum, VocalEssence also joins Monroe Crossing on two original gospel numbers, "Into the Fire" and "Micah 6:8." The choral parts were arranged by Carol Barnett and debuted at the performance in November. The CD also features a brand new Monroe Crossing song, "Billy Was Talking Only to Me." The lyrics were written by Gerald Laughing, a Native American military veteran who asked Monroe Crossing's Lisa Fuglie to compose the music. This is truly a unique recording. Order yours today!
"The text of Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum flows with a natural ease, and the music is sincere and without any pretense. This is a winning combination..."
But that's not all, we also released our second Christmas CD this past Holiday season. "Winter Wonderland" contains bluegrass versions of classic Christmas songs, some lesser known holiday tunes and two original Christmas songs by Lisa Fuglie. It's a wonderful way to help celebrate the Christmas season! After all, it's never too early to start your Christmas shopping!
Our fifteenth CD is entitled Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country and it's a bluegrass treatment of songs from the golden era of country music. We perform our renditions of songs from such artists as George Jones, Hank Williams, Ray Price, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. We had a lot of fun creating this project and we are excited for you to hear the results.
"Monroe Crossing has a long history of performing songs from styles of music other than bluegrass, and their latest project is sure to please both fans of bluegrass and classic country music. The band has created some clever and compelling arrangements of these wonderful songs from a great era in music, and the project features the outstanding pickin' and singin' we've come to expect from Monroe Crossing." -- Marty Scarbrough, KASU Program Director
Get to know Monroe Crossing better! Here's a look at our brand new promo video:
Here's a great performance from the Pioneer Public Television show "Grassland Jam."
A song from our new CD performed last January in Paragould, Arkansas!
Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.
What they're saying about Monroe Crossing...
"For anyone who is looking for the best in bluegrass and the best in entertainment, I highly recommend Monroe Crossing. Thoroughly entertaining! One of the best!" — Dick Beckley, President, Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association
"Great vocals and harmonies, thoughtful arrangements and wonderful musicianship. This is great, live traditional bluegrass!" — Kevin Kerfoot, Bluegrass Music Profiles
"One of the most entertaining, crowd-pleasing acts in bluegrass." — Larry Kuhn, California Bluegrass Association
"This band understands and respects the musical principles laid down by Bill Monroe." — Louisville Music News
"Entertaining song selections, excellent musicianship and a contagious enthusiasm that will make bluegrass lovers out of any audience!" — Brenda Hough, CBA On The Web Reviews
"We had so many positive comments from our audience, wanting us to bring you back. Your harmonies were so tight and perfectly blended and your instrumentals were fantastic."— Vince Boudreau, Wood River Performing Arts Center, NE
Monroe Crossing is a member of the following organizations:
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame