Rick Monroe’s new single & corresponding music video clip, Just The Same are already fast becoming hits with fans, retailers, video outlets and radio programmers.
Rick’s just released track, Just the Same is the follow-up to Monroe’s “Crazy Not To” single which was released in the summer of 2012 and reached top-40 radio and chart status across the country. Now, in the summer of 2013, Monroe looks to continue that momentum, releasing the emotionally charged and heartfelt single, Just the Same, with a uniquely romantic and stylized video postcard to accompany the music, lensed by director Mike Stryker.
Monroe's music and music videos have been heard and seen on CMT, GAC and TNN here in the US and on international outlets, as well. He's been profiled on network shows including Access Hollywood, ET, ABC’s “On the Red Carpet and Extra, in addition to his numerous performances on national and local talk and morning shows. Rick’s headlined his own tours and has opened for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Josh Thompson Pat Green, Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakam and Montgomery Gentry. He's toured Europe consistently and performed an average of 70 dates a year for the last two years.
As has been the case for the past several years, Monroe will be on the road touring once again in the Spring/Summer of 2013. Commenting on last year’s 2012 Jagermeister Country tour with Randy Houser, Rick Monroe said, "I was absolutely thrilled to be on the road doing what I love to do best. We were out there in support of my new single "Crazy Not To" so it was great fun performing that tune in front of packed houses and shaking hands with as many country music fans as possible.” In 2011, Rick's single, "Get UR Country On" spawned the "Jagermeister Presents" Club tour of the same name.
Produced by David Norris (www.norrisong.com), of the new Just the Same track, Monroe noted, “When we wrote Just The Same I thought it was more for pitching to another artist. But it was no surprise to me when we selected it to be a single and how naturally it came to together.” Regarding the music video clip, Rick added, “We couldn't have gotten any luckier with getting Mike Stryker to direct the video. He "got it" right away and like the recording everything fell into place with ease. From getting the couples, locations, props and support we were definitely blessed and under favor.”
No stranger to success, Rick's previous album "Get Loud Get Lit" launched the hit single Honky Tonk Road Trip which spawned a television reality series pilot of the same name which is currently in development. His 'Against the Grain' album featured the hit single and video 'Midnight Rider'. Having received rave reviews in print and numerous accolades on television shows such as EXTRA and ET, Rick's gritty Midnight Rider music video is still a fan favorite.
An ambassador for country music: Monroe was among the first country artists to perform in Russia and China. His extensive touring history includes performances throughout Russia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Hungary, Honduras, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Germany, England, Netherlands and Switzerland, sharing the stage with a who's who of musical greats. At the request of Pete Peterson, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Rick performed at the week-long 4th of July celebrations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Mihn City. Monroe was honored to sing the U.S. National Anthem for the 5-year anniversary of the re-opening of diplomatic relations between the countries marking the first time the anthem had been sung at a public event in Vietnam in over 25 years. He followed that up with a Command Performance for the former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, on the USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht in Washington, DC. This lead to a trip to Russia where Monroe performed at several orphanages and was a featured performer on REN TV's Bulat Okudzhava Festival in Moscow, Russia.
Rick Monroe takes life experiences that we all share… the events that touch our hearts and creates music that speaks directly to the soul in each of us. Whether in an intimate setting accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, a good old honky-tonk, or on stage playing with his band to thousands at an outdoor festival halfway around the world, Rick strives to connect to his audiences. He is always a huge crowd pleaser.