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Images from the 2018 CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee


Aug 302018

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.”

It’s taken Monroe a lifetime of searching, stretching, and experimenting to finally get to make a record as solid as Smoke, but the results have made the overall journey quite worthwhile. “My producer JD Shuff said to me, ‘I believe if you put this record on in 15 years, it will still hold the quality of a cool-sounding record,’” Monroe muses. “The biggest thing I want to get across with it is, I’m hoping this record gives people an insight into the artistry that’s there in everything I do. I know I can be seen as quite an intense guy and an intense performer at times, but I’m also a fun guy who has a good sense of humor. I hope all of my sides come through on the record.”


“Smoke Out the Window” allows Rick to showcase all facets of an artist not afraid to express his inner-most self with his audience. This is an album that represents the true “arrival” of Rick Monroe, and how he may very well soon be headlining all those big arena and stadium stages all across the country himself as a result.


Smoke Out The Window | Track Listing

1. Good As Gone

2. Cocaine Cold & Whiskey Shakes

3. Smoke Out The Window

4. Nothing To Do With You

5. I'll Try

6. Truth In The Story

7. Stomp

8. Rage On

9. This Side Of The Dirt

10. October

11. Tempt Me


Catch Rick Monroe on tour in 2018.


08/30 - JohnKing Grill & Bar, Charleston, SC

09/01 - Whiskey Runners Saloon, Pensacola, FL

09/07 - St. Croix Casino Danbury, Danbury, WI

09/08 - St. Croix Casino Danbury, Danbury, WI

09/15 - Skooter's Roadhouse, Shorewood, IL

09/20 - Motif Bar & Lounge, Verona, NY

09/21 - Peterson's Tavern, Binghamton, NY

09/22 – Gresham’s Chop House, Hawley, PA

12/06 - Peterson's Tavern, Binghamton, NY

12/07 – Cato Hotel Bar & Grill, Cato, NY

12/8 – The Rooster (Turning Stone Casino), Verona, NY


Get tickets here.


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