Grass-roots country rocker Rick Monroe is no stranger to putting in hard work. He’s performed in 17 countries – and every U.S. state but one. Last year alone, Monroe and his ace touring band clocked over 120,000 miles on the odometer, and performed more than 170 shows. It is this work ethic combined with Rick’s love for all things music that have culminated in his latest LP effort “Smoke Out The Window” due to hit shelves and streaming services on September 21 via Thermal Entertainment, and can now be preordered here.
At the core, the 11 diverse tracks that form “Smoke Out The Window” are the literal extension of Monroe’s live show and presence, finally captured on a studio record, with the resulting music having forged a category all its own. “I know we’re not up-the-gut mainstream country by any means — and I don’t even know what mainstream country even is anymore,” Monroe confesses. “I also know we’re not super-heavy rock either, so I’d like to call what we do blue-jean country rock. Fashions come and go, but blue jeans are a timeless statement that never fades — and that’s what I want my music to be.”
With a down-to-earth Country resonance, Monroe has a wealth of touring and performing experience, having shared stages with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Patty Loveless, Trick Pony, Emerson Drive, Pat Green, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and more.“Honestly, everything we put into the making of this album has been gauged around what we do in our live show,” Monroe admits. “The truth is, this record was developed because of our live show.”