(Minneapolis, MN — March 1, 2012) Monroe Crossing proudly announces plans to appear in concert at New York City's world-famous Carnegie Hall in 2013! MC's appearance in New York will be in collaboration with a 200-plus member chorus in presenting Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass". This landmark event, produced by Distinguished Concerts International, New York, will take place on President's Day, Monday, February 18, 2013. In addition to performing the Bluegrass Mass, Monroe Crossing plans to present a set of traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass & gospel music to the predominantly classical music audience.
(Minneapolis, MN — December 1, 2011) At last the news is out — Monroe Crossing is delighted to welcome David Robinson on banjo! Like Benji Flaming before him, David will be joining the band at just 18 years of age. “David is a very mature and driven young man with enormous talent. We're so proud of him and feel blessed that he came along just as we needed someone like him,” says Mark Anderson, Monroe Crossing's bassist..
“I’m very thankful and excited to have the chance to play with a group that not only plays straight bluegrass, but also applies different sounds to their music and does it all with great skill. Thank you to Monroe Crossing for giving me this great opportunity,” David commented on the website BluegrassToday.com.
Growing up in a musical family, David developed an interest in folk music at an early age. Inspired by musician and storyteller David Holt, David Robinson taught himself how to play many different instruments. Moving to Wisconsin in 2002, David got into blues music and taught himself to play the harmonica as well as the mandolin and guitar.
After hearing bluegrass from the local band "Bent Grass" as well as listening to "Earl Scruggs" from “The Complete Mercury Recordings of Flatt & Scruggs,” David took up the banjo at the age of 14 and has stuck with it ever since.
Most of David’s first musical experiences came from playing with his family in "Yellow House Road," who, in May of 2011, released an all-original CD entitled “Before She Goes." David contributed two compositions to this collection.
Aside from "Yellow House Road," David has frequently performed and recorded with the bands "Bent Grass, The Goodtime Specials," and folk singer and storyteller "Skip Jones." Since 2010, David has endorsed Nechville banjos.
David’s first appearances with Monroe Crossing will be in January 2012. He makes his debut with the band in Bloomingdale, GA on January 13, 2012 and continues with them on their Southern tour, with concerts in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas and Alabama throughout the month of January.
Benji has decided to retire from the road and that means we're looking for the right person to take his place. Everything you need to know is available here: full time banjo job available
Monroe Crossing is pleased to announce that we've been selected to be the staff at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association's Bluegrass Jam Camp August 11-14 2011. Whether you're a beginner or looking to improve your skills, everyone can benefit from jam camp. Registration is limited so don't wait.
More information about the camp and registration information is available here
Minneapolis, MN (December 1, 2010) — Monroe Crossing, Minnesota’s only full-time working bluegrass band, will welcome singer/guitarist Derek Johnson to the band’s lineup effective January 1, 2011. He’ll be replacing founding member Art Blackburn, who is retiring from the stage to work full-time as the band’s manager.
"Derek is a wonderful singer, songwriter, guitar player and entertainer with a broad range of experience," says bassist Mark Anderson. "We’ve been learning his originals and getting him up to speed on our material. We’re ready to hit the ground running!"
Derek grew up on the Dakota prairie in Moorhead, Minnesota. In 1993 he moved to Minneapolis and for many years he performed in a variety of rock and roll bands. Around the turn of the century Derek discovered bluegrass music and there’s been no turning back. He spent a few years developing his bluegrass vocal styling and guitar chops in a band called The Boot Draggers before co-founding The High 48s Bluegrass Band in 2006.
In the past four years, The High 48s released four full-length recordings, played shows across the country, and took first place in the 2008 Rocky Grass band competition in Lyons, Colorado. Not only was Derek the traditional "front man" for The High 48s, but he also contributed many original numbers to their repertoire.
Derek is honored to be contributing his bluegrass talents and song writing skills to the fine tradition of Monroe Crossing. His first appearance with the band will be in January at the Blythe (California) Bluegrass Festival, followed by a January tour of the Southeastern U.S., a seven-day Caribbean cruise, and a February European tour.
Monroe Crossing plays about 125 concerts and festival every year, travels thousands of miles a year and is currently booking well into 2012. The band has released ten CDs and a live concert DVD since its founding in 2000. They were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and were selected to showcase at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Convention, one of the highest honors a band can attain on the national bluegrass scene.
For more information, or to book Monroe Crossing for a concert, festival or other appearance, call Art Blackburn (email@example.com; 763-213-1349). Current information about the band can always be found at its website, www.monroecrossing.com.
Monroe Crossing announces the retirement of founding member, vocalist and guitarist Art Blackburn from the stage. After almost 15 years of touring (the last 10 with Monroe Crossing), Art is packing up his trusty LaPlant guitar and taking up full-time executive duties for the band, effective January 1, 2011.
"But there's still a very full schedule over the next three months," says Art, "so I hope to see a lot of our old friends and fans before I hang it up. My last show will be our annual New Year’s Eve concert at the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing MN." (see below)
"Monroe Crossing is a Minnesota institution. It’s more than one particular musician; it’s a true bluegrass ensemble. It’s been my honor and privilege to tour and perform with these guys through the years. They’re all fine musicians, and really good people. I’m very happy that the band will continue performing even though I won't be on stage with them," Art said. He will continue with the band as a "sixth" member, booking the band and serving as its manager. Auditions have taken place and the band's new guitarist will be announced soon.
"This is a big change for Monroe Crossing," says mandolinist Matt Thompson. "Of course we will miss singing and playing with Art. He has contributed so much to the sound of the band with his singing, guitar playing and songwriting. However, Art has worked tirelessly behind the scenes all these years to manage the band while continuing to tour with us. That’s really two full-time jobs, and it's more than we can continue to expect from one person."
Monroe Crossing plays about 125 concerts and festival every year, travels thousands of miles annually, and is currently booking well into 2012. "We’re blessed to be able to make a living playing bluegrass music and honored to be invited to far-flung places to perform," says the band's bass player, Mark Anderson, adding, "Calls come in from all over and Art always answers the phone!"
Since its founding in 2000, the band has recorded ten CDs, and recently released their new "Monroe Crossing Live" DVD. They were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and were selected to showcase at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Convention in Nashville TN.
To book Monroe Crossing for a concert, festival or other appearance, call Art Blackburn ( firstname.lastname@example.org; 763-213-1349, 612-325-4011 cell). Current information about the band can always be found at its website, www.monroecrossing.com.
Monroe Crossing CDs are available from the Store page of our website: http://www.monroecrossing.com/store.html
and our 2010 tour schedule is always updated here: http://www.monroecrossing.com/schedule.html
Monroe Crossing has released their first ever live concert DVD this month titled "Monroe Crossing Live."
The DVD was filmed live in concert at the Chautauqua Fine Arts Theater in Mahtomedi MN on February 19, 2010 in front of a standing room only crowd. The DVD offers numerous original songs written by band members as well as audience favorites in full 5.1 surround sound.
Song list and ordering details are available here
Monroe Crossing is hard at work preparing to record our tenth cd in ten years. We're really looking forward to getting into the studio and laying down these songs we've been playing for the last several months. We haven't prepared a final list of songs yet but it looks like it will include a bunch of new songs penned by Lisa.
We'll be adding to this posting as we progress so watch this website for updates!
On November 2, 2007, Monroe Crossing was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. We are humbled by the honor and the amazing company with which we now stand.
The ceremony, with about four hundred people in attendance, was held at Turn Hall in New Ulm MN. The inductees were:
John Henle - a music instructor and band director from the New Ulm area.
Prince - the purple pop star from Minneapolis.
Rockin' Hollywoods - they've been doing 50's rock in the area since 1972
Dale Warland Singers - know for the Warland sound, Dale is from the Minneapolis area.
Peter and Paul Wendinger - brothers who've played polka together since the '50's.
and obviously Monroe Crossing.
Please visit the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame to learn more about the museum and our fellow inductees.
As Mark and Lisa's boys said, "You mean you're like a painting or a mummy or something?"
"Live From Silver Dollar City" was recorded by Monroe Crossing at the Riverfront Playhouse in Branson, MO's Silver Dollar City during May and June 2007. All the tracks are requests we received during our four days there.
"The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" has been released on Clarion Records by VocalEssence feature Monroe Crossing.
A stunningly beautiful piece of music from Carol Barnett and Marisha Chamberlain and performed by VocalEssence with Monroe Crossing as orchestra and featuring Monroe Crossing's Lisa Fuglie as soloist.
The disc is available from our store page.
Oct 1 IBMA Band Showcase, Renaissance Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 8:30 p.m.
Oct 1 Colorado Case Company After Hours Showcase, NCC #203, Midnight
Oct 2 IBMA Songwriter’s Showcase with Lisa Fuglie, NCC #209/210, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Oct 2 Faris Family After Hours Showcase, Renaissance Hotel, Fisk Room, 11:30 p.m.
Oct 2 Huck Finn Nat'l Bluegrass Playoffs After Hours Showcase, NCC #207, 1:30 a.m.
Oct 5 IBMA Out of the Box Showcase with Benji Flaming, Master’s Workshop Stage, NCC #209/210, 12:30 p.m.
for more information, visit www.ibma.org
Monroe Crossing is pleased to announce that lead vocalist and fiddler Lisa Fuglie has been selected by the IBMA to showcase her songwriting skills at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville. Sponsored by ASCAP, the IBMA Songwriter Showcase features 10 outstanding songwriters sharing their songs and talents with industry peers. Lisa was selected by the IBMA Songwriter Showcase committee from 70-plus applicants for her song “Into The Fire.” The Songwriter’s Showcase will take place at the Nashville Convention Center on Wednesday, October 3, at 2:00-4:00 p.m.
for more information, visit http://www.ibma.org/
Yes, it's true! Monroe Crossing is pleased to announce that they will be inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at Turner Halle in New Ulm MN, on Friday, November 2, 2007.
Joining Monroe Crossing as 2007 Inductees are John Henle, Peter & Paul Wendinger, The Dale Warland Singers, The Rocking Hollywoods and Prince.
Monroe Crossing is pleased to announce that they are among the 13 bands selected by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) to showcase at this year's IBMA World Of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, October 1-7, 2007.
The complete 2007 IBMA Showcase Band lineup is:
The Circuit Riders
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock
The Faris Family
The Grass Cats
Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain
Sierra Hull & Highway 111
Claire Lynch Band
Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass
Don Rigsby & Midnight Call
Three Ring Circle
For more information on the IBMA World of Bluegrass, visit http://ibma.org/events.programs/wob/index.asp
The Bell Buckle Café and Bell Buckle Records Present the 5th Annual Bell Buckle Music Cruise to the Grand Cayman Islands & Calica Mexico on Carnival Cruise Lines' Inspiration from Tampa, FL, January 19-24, 2008.
Hosted by Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike featuring Becky Buller (TN)
Also featuring (tentatively):
Monroe Crossing (MN)
The Kickin Grass Band (NC)
James King (VA)
Swinging Bridge (FL)
Honi Deaton and Dream (GA)
The Anita Fisher Band with Ray Deaton (GA)
Smokey Greene (NY)
To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 931-389-9694. BE SURE TO TELL THEM MONROE CROSSING SENT YOU!
Tickets include 5 Nights Accommodations, over 20 hours of Concerts, Workshops, Seminars, lots of Jamming with the Bands, Grand Cayman Islands & Calica Mexico, 24-hour Room Service, All meals, Casino, Health Spa, Children s Activities, Shipboard Activities and Entertainment.
Monroe Crossing and VocalEssence, under the direction of Philip Brunell, will go into MPR's Studio M on May 3 to record Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved-A Bluegrass Mass" (the libretto was written by Carol Chamberlain).
First performed at the World Premier in January, the choral piece has attracted national attention. In addition to the upcoming recording, the Mass is also being published to enable choral groups everywhere to present the work.
It is hoped that VocalEssence and Monroe Crossing will hold a fall CD release concert somewhere in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, in addition to their scheduled appearances in Grand Rapids MI, Appleton WI and Decorah IA.
The dates for the Monroe Crossing annual Bluegrass Jam Camps have been set.
The first camp is the DO NORTH Bluegrass Jam Camp, July 13-15 at Oak Hills Retreat & Conference Center in Bemidji MN, http://www.laterralane.com/bluegrasscamp/
The second camp is the Mt Morris Bluegrass Jam Camp, August 24-26 at Mt Morris Camp & Conference Center, near Wautoma WI, http://www.mtmjamcamp.com/
The Monroe Crossing Bluegrass Jam Camps are unique programs focused on helping beginning through intermediate players develop skills and confidence to join bluegrass jam sessions.
We are proud to announce that after 6 years and three banjo players, Monroe Crossing has come full circle with the return of fellow founding member Benji Flaming on the banjo. Now 24 and ready to take on the rigors of road life, this multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist will be sharing his gifts with us again. We are truly thankful that we've had another "Crossing" of paths. We're sure you'll appreciate it as well.
Monroe Crossing will perform The World Beloved-A Bluegrass Mass with the Cincinnati Conservatory Chorale under the direction of Dale Warland, at Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, in Cincinnati OH, on Wednesday, May 16th, 2007.
The performance will mark the first-ever collaboration of Monroe Crossing and world-renowned choral director Dale Warland.
Monroe Crossing and VocalEssence, under the direction of Philip Brunelle, will present two world premier performances of The World Beloved-A Bluegrass Mass, composed by Carol Barnett.
The concerts will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater MN, on Friday, January 19, and at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, on Saturday, January 20.
Monroe Crossing proudly announces the release of their 7th CD, "Into The Fire."
This is Monroe Crossing’s 2nd all-gospel recording, and was recorded live in the studio to a single mic at the Lakeville Center for the Arts, Lakeville MN, on October 17, 18 & 24, 2006.
The title track was written by fiddler and lead vocalist Lisa Fuglie. Each song presented here has a message which can vary for every listener. Music speaks to us all in different ways, and isn’t that a blessing?
"Into The Fire" also features originals by Monroe Crossing bassist Mark Anderson, Minnesota songwriter Mary Henderson, some traditional favorites, and the music of Gillian Welch, Don Reno, Pat Enright, Ronnie Bowman, Terry Smith, and of course, Bill Monroe
Every year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass, the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) hosts After-Hours Showcases, featuring well known and aspiring bluegrass acts hoping to catch the eye and ear of national festival promoters.
It has been the practice of the CBA to select an Emerging Artist of the Year from all the showcases presented, and to invite that band to perform at the Fathers Day Festival in Grass Valley, California.
In 2006, Monroe Crossing was that band. We are pleased to announce that we will be appearing at the 32nd Annual Fathers Day Festival in Grass Valley, California on June 15 & 16, 2007.
Monroe Crossing will be in Nashville, TN, from Sept 25-28 to showcase at the 2006 IBMA World of Bluegrass. The showcase schedule is
Northern Indiana Bluegrass Assn After-Hours Showcase, 12:00 am
Bell Buckle Records After-Hours Showcase, 11:00 pm
California Bluegrass Association After-Hours Showcase, 12:30 am
The Gibson Showcase Theatre, 161 Opry Mills Drive, 6:30 pm
Bronzewound After-Hours Showcase, 11:15 pm
Colorado Case Company After-Hours Showcase, 12:15 am
Monroe Crossing is proud to announce the release of their sixth CD, "The Happy Holidays".
"The Happy Holidays" is a collection of 15 holiday favorites, including two band originals, "The Happy Holidays" and "Heed His Father's Call."
Monroe Crossing has been nominated by the Minnesota Music Academy (MMA) as bluegrass band of the year and our new disc, "Somebody Like You" has been nominated as bluegrass album of the year. Thanks to the folks who nominated us, we are honored.
"Somebody Like You" is Monroe Crossing's fifth disc. It is a collection of love songs; some happy, some not.
This album allowed us to hit the studio and record several frequent requests from our live shows that fall outside the bluegrass genre including:
- Etta James' classic, "At Last"
- Temptations', "My Girl"
- De Dannon's, "The Call and the Answer"
- that Newfoundland Bluegrass Classic, "Sonny's Dream'"
- and the film classic, "Never on Sunday"
- the Minnesota bluegrass tune, "When the Cold Winds Blow,"
- and the title track "Somebody Like You."
And at the top of the schedule page, we have a place for you to enter your zip code and the distance you are willing to travel to see us again. Using the center of each zip code area, our schedule page will estimate the distance between the zip codes and highlight shows close to you. The calculations are made "as the crow flys", not using highway data so "your actual mileage may vary". Sometimes you'll be a little closer, sometimes a little farther.
We hope you find this a useful addition to the site. If you have any questions email email@example.com
Monroe Crossing has been selected to lead the MBOTMA Jam Camp August 9, 10, and 11 of 2005. Further information is available at the official MBOTMA Jam Camp website.
The Do North Jam Camp is back on this year. Visit the Offical Do North Jam Camp Website for further details. Hurry, space is limited.
A new feature at this year's MBOTMA's Winter Bluegrass Weekend will be the MBOTMA Grass Seeds Kids Academy. This three-day youth bluegrass jam camp is being offered for kids age 8 to 18 and will be taught by the members of Monroe Crossing. It will run from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. There is a registration fee of $50 that includes $30 in WBW tickets. Call MBOTMA to register or for more information talk to the Grass Seeds chair Sandi Pidel (763-784-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Monroe Crossing "On The Road" MC-0604
(1) Walls Of Time (2) Gotta Travel On (3) Blake's March (4) I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (5) Head Over Heels (In Love With You) (6) Angel Band (7) Nashville Skyline Rag (8) In The Pines (9) Uncle Pen (10) Why Did You Wander (11) Don't Get Above Your Raisin' (12) Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet (13) Wayfaring Stranger (14) Friendship's Road (15) Orange Blossom Special
You can order your copy of "On The Road," by follwing the link on the right.
Missouri River Bluegrass Camp
Bluegrass/Old-Time Recording for 2003
Our thanks to the Minnesota Music Academy for their recognition.
Get more information and sign up here
"The Green Mossy Ground"
All instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to participate--what a great way to start your festival weekend!
The Camp begins on Tuesday evening, August 5th, and runs through Thursday afternoon the 7th. The Bluegrass Jam Camp is for beginning and intermediate-level players, and will address playing rhythm, leads & fills, vocal harmony basics, ensemble playing, jamming etiquette and much more. Be prepared to learn a lot and have even more fun.
There is a $75.00 registration fee to reserve your place, and class size will be limited. For more information, visit MBOTMA's website at http://www.minnesotabluegrass.org/ or call the festival information line at 800-635-3037.
Matt Thompson, Art Blackburn and Benji Flaming won the mandolin, guitar and banjo awards respectively, and Lisa Fuglie won the award for Female Vocalist of the Year in the Related Music category.
Additional Monroe Crossing nominations went to:
Blackburn for Male Bluegrass Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year.
Fuglie for Female Bluegrass Vocalist, Fiddle Player, Mandolin Player and Multi-Instrumentalist of the Year.
Mark Anderson for Bluegrass Bassist of the Year
and to Monroe Crossing for Bluegrass Band of the Year!