Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monroeville: Young & Promising Bluegrass

Click here to listen to their latest cuts.

Monroeville is an exciting new acoustic band with a combined experience of almost 80 picking and singing. Individually they have been nominated for Grammy awards, won prestigious competitions, founded bands, and have been highly influential to their fans and peers. Collectively, in their few months since forming, they have appeared on the Today Show, started a record label, gathered a solid fan base, and established themselves as a powerful new act in the business. The group consists of six young men from the East Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina areas.

Daniel Salyer
Daniel Salyer is an experienced musician and singer born in Virginia and currently residing in Bluff City, Tennessee. He brings a strong stage presence to the band as well as his soaring high tenor. He is also a prolific songwriter having cuts with Junior Sisk, The Lonesome River Band, Mark Newton and many others. Daniel is the proud father of two boys, Logan and Peyton. He works as a Biomedical Engineer at the Bristol Regional Medical Center and has been happily married since 2005 to his wife Rachel.

Travis Houck
Travis Houck is a dobro player from the ranks of musicians graduated from the East Tennessee State University bluegrass program in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was born and raised in Chilhowie, Virginia and brings a strong bass vocal to the quartet numbers. He has played on stage with Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, and Porter Wagoneer among many others. He has also traveled across the country representing the University in their top band called the ETSU Pride Band. He was a foundational member of Barry Scott & Second Wind where he recieved a Grammy nomination for his work on their debut project, “In God’s Time.”

Zane Petty
Zane Petty is one of the most talented young musicians in the genre today. At 17 he has been nominated for a Grammy, toured across the country and internationally, been featured in numerous articles and magazines, played for production shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the list just keeps going. His banjo playing is as strong as those twice his age, and his repertoire continues to expand with his ever-growing knowledge of the music. He currently resides in Kodak, Tennessee and contributes his unique character and humor to the band.

Matthew Munsey
Matthew Munsey takes up the mandolin playing for the band. His musical career began at the early age of five touring with his family band. He graduated to a regional band at the age of 16 and quickly saw great success in the tourism entertainment business around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He is a talented producer and recording engineer with a Grammy nominated project under his belt for his previous band Barry Scott & Second Wind. Matthew applies his business and production experience to his publicity company, Blu Wav, as Production and Publicity Manager. http://blu-wav.com He brings a fun stage presence and tight lead and harmony vocals to the band and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Juliana who is expecting their first child.

Seth Taylor
Seth Taylor began playing the guitar at age three, and then decided to pick up the banjo when he was eight. Seth has played in a few bands around his home in Bryson City, NC including Reel Tyme, and Cane Creek. Seth has won several championships including Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina State champion. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Doc Watson Guitar Contest at Merlefest in 2008 when he was only fourteen, and then one year later, in 2009, he won the Merle Watson Banjo Championship! Seth is the youngest of five children, and he is the only one in his family that plays music. For more info on Seth, visit http://sethtaylormusic.com and http://facebook.com/sethtaylormusic

Matt Flake
Matt Flake, or “Scooter,” as his friends know him, began playing the mandolin when he was only nine years old. About a year later, he started fiddle lessons with Jesse Haycraft. Matt has started various groups over the years but has been a fundamental part of the group Pine Mountain Railroad where he has spent the last six years of his professional career. He has won state champion competitions on three different instruments in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama. Currently, Matt plays a custom-made John Silakowski five-string fiddle. In March 2008, Matt married his Tennessee sweetheart, Betsy, and moved to Sevierville, Tennessee from his home place in Leitchfield, Kentucky.

Click here to listen to their latest cuts.

See them LIVE this Saturday, July 16th, 2011 @ Bridge Street Live. Tickets are only $12, $22 VIP.

Opening the show, POOR OLD SHINE! You may have seen them open for The Steel Wheels in April. Excellent Young band from Connecticut, and one of the members is from Farmington originally. Now they all attend UCONN. Go Huskies!

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