“I was determined to carve out a music of my own, I didn't want to copy anybody.”
— Bill Monroe
Monroeville is a rock alternative bluegrass band that regularly explores folk and country music genres. Named in honor of legendary bluegrass musician Bill Monroe and fronted by Grammy nominated band leader/owner Matt Munsey, the core band also features versatile vocalists and utility musicians McCoy Borg, Chevy Watson, and Paul Watson.
The band has recorded and released several albums and singles, including their self-titled debut album Monroeville in 2011, singles "So Far" (2012) and "Prisoner of War" (2013). These were followed up by the full-length album, Can’t Put Me Out in 2014. Monroeville won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Award in 2012. In 2014, their single, "Be Natural," was picked up and distributed by CMT (Country Music Television). Their latest album, Worlds Apart was released in 2016. The band plans to release a new album in October of 2019 and in the meantime continues to gather devotees from across borders and musical genres.
Monroeville has been playing to growing crowds of fervent fans at popular local venues and at the most prominent bluegrass festivals nationwide. With a live sound so pure, tight, and crisp it sounds like a flawless studio recording, the group continues to rise in popularity and gather devotees from across borders and musical genres.
How is Monroeville achieving it? The answer might lie in a quote by Bill Monroe that the group holds in reverence: "I was determined to carve out a music of my own. I didn't want to copy anybody."
"Monroeville is very hard to categorize into a genre," explains Munsey. "Obviously, we are rooted in bluegrass music, and we love to include it in our sets, but that’s not our only sound. The tribute to Mr. Monroe is because he was an original artist. He created a genre all of his own. He didn’t want to sound like anyone else. That is our mission, too. We have decided to lean our music towards a country sound while maintaining our folk roots and alternative attack. We can play any genre of music and people are impressed most by the sheer level of technicality and musicianship and the variety of sounds the hear from us."
Munsey says that the band's creativity and high levels of musical proficiency are at present being primarily focused on one aspect of their music: "Writing, writing and writing," he explains.
"We want to have dozens of songs from which to select our very best material, so we spend a lot of time writing and arranging our material and then recording it. We have been doing this for all of 2019 so far and are getting a lot of stuff 'in the can' for us to pick from for our next release. The new music will start coming out this Summer with the full-album to be released in October (2019)."
Monroeville has been honing their chops over the last 9 years playing a minimum of 30 shows a week, EVERY WEEK! Their house gig at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery (The most visited distillery in the world) has allowed them the luxury of gathering a huge fan base the old fashion way, in person, while being home every night.
Because of the nature of this house gig, they have adapted an uncanny ability of feeling the crowds and hitting them with what keeps them there and entertained. This video shows what kind of crowd response Monroeville is used to getting and was taken at the Colonial Oak Music Park in downtown St. Augustine, FL.