Monocle Band is Rocky Mountain Indie Folk.
Born in the fires of Colorado bluegrass, Monocle Band offers a fresh and vibrant take
on the acoustic music that has made Colorado one of the most noted music scenes in
the country. Always rooted in song, the group’s music flows from a stomping fiddle
breakdown to a lost lover’s lament. This is original music, the acoustic sound of the
spirit, innately authentic yet sonically aligned with the roots music revival enchanting
the nation. It’s been lighting up dance floors and breaking hearts across the rocky
mountain west since 2011.
Led by the sweet and soaring vocals of Monica Whittington, Monocle Band combines
the best of song-craft and captivating performance. Monica and songwriting partner
Bill Huston have assembled an unparalleled ensemble of jazz-trained musicians and
played over 250 dates as Monocle Band. As Colorado music legend Danny Shafer
says, “Monocle’s instrumental ability is as strong as their connection to the audience.
They always are able to give an engaging performance whether to a dancing crowd
or a listening room.” Indeed, the band’s noted performances have led them to the
main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and to opening slots for The
SteelDrivers, The Samples, and Ralph Stanley.
At the end of 2012, Monocle Band retreated to Lyons, CO, the acoustic music hub of
the west, to record their debut CD. Produced by David Tiller, the man behind the
sounds of Elephant Revival, and featuring contributions from Grammy award winner
Sally Van Meter and other noted guests, the group’s debut CD does not disappoint.
Denver Westword magazine says that “this affecting batch of heartrending
songs...genuinely possesses the kind of pastoral charm that so many others seem to
be striving for these days but rarely achieve.” It is a snapshot of moment in time: an
acoustic rhythm backed by crackling drums, a shimmering curtain of electric guitars
and violin, all of it lifting up the yearning tones of Monica Whittington’s vocals.
Marquee Magazine calls the record “splendidly written and performed.” It is a
musical postcard made even more poignant when The Distillery Studio in Lyons was
washed away in the recent Colorado floods, just months after the record was finished.
Due for release in mid-October 2013, the album captures a band in its creative stride,
a young group with a firm command of their craft and a steady gaze to the
mountains and plains that lie before them.
As Monica Whittington says, “The songs keep
coming. The shows keep coming. Let’s make some people dance. Let’s sing.”