In his new single, "Honky Tonk Road Trip" (co-written with Country Weekly's Larry Holden) Rick Monroe paints a vivid picture "Honky Tonk Road Trip" Video. Through his artistry, Monroe creates a clear visual about a musician who hits the road, performing at every honky tonk he can find to wash away the pain of a broken heart only to find there was perfection waiting for him right around the corner. While not completely autobiographical, Rick Monroe is certainly a Country Music Road warrior who isn't adverse to taking his music directly to the people. Rick says, "You know all those reality shows on TV... my life IS a reality show."
He's opened for the likes of Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Marshall Tucker, Darryl Worley, Craig Morgan, Eric Church, Emerson Drive, Patty Loveless, Little Texas, Ricochet, The Birds, Black Hawk, Trick Pony, Shelly Wright, Sammy Kershaw and Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus. He's toured Europe for the last 3 years and performed an average of 100 dates a year for the last 2 years. While at home in Nashville, he even makes room for a steady gig at Wildhorse Saloon.
Monroe's new and upcoming Jager Country Tour with Pat Green and Randy Houser is a first for the German based Jagermeister. The company has decided to jump into the world of country music in a big way via this summer's upcoming 35 plus date extravaganza as a result of Monroe's persistence and dedication to the project. Monroe believed in the tour to such an extent that he actually brought his band to GERMANY to play for the powers-that-be at Jagermeister. The Rick Monroe Band remains the first band ever to perform live for the honchos at Jager Corporate in Germany.
No stranger to success Rick's last album, Against the Grain spawned the hit single Midnight Rider. And in support of the Against the Grain album for Divorce Records, Rick and his band successfully completed a 75 station Radio tour for "Midnight Rider."
And other corporations have noticed the artist's allure as well. Monroe has picked up sponsorship from Peavey, Jagermeister, Resitol Hats, Blue Berrry Guitars, Vegas Fuel Energy Drink, GHS, Visual Sound and others.
A true ambassador of the genre, 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, US 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 US National anthem for the 5-year anniversary of the re-opening of diplomatic relations between the countries. This 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, 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.