Rick Monroe Releases His New Single/Video, "Honky-Tonk Road Trip" & Embarks On the Innaugural Jagermeister Country Tour With Pat Green/Randy Houser

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Rick Monroe to release new single and video, "Honky-Tonk Road Trip" (http://www.cmt.com/videos/rick-monroe/335797/honky-tonk-roadtrip.jhtml). Artist joins Pat Green and Randy Houser on innaugural Jagermeister Country Tour (http://www.jager.com/country). Visit the new CMT.com Community site at: http://community.cmt.com/groups/rick_monroe

In his new single and video, "Honky-Tonk Road Trip" (co-written with songwriter and celebrated journalist, Larry Holden) country music sensation Rick Monroe (http://www.cmt.com/videos/rick-monroe/335797/honky-tonk-roadtrip.jhtml) paints a vivid portrait of life on the road. Through his artistry, Monroe creates an amazing picture of 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 opposed to taking his music directly to the folks. Rick says, "You know all those reality shows on TV, my life IS a reality show.

Now the "Nashville favorite" will join Pat Green and Randy Houser on the Jagermeister Country Tour line-up. You can see more about this groundbreaking event at http://www.jager.com/country. And Rick's friends at CMT.com have launched an all-new community site:

http://community.cmt.com/groups/rick_monroe

The new CMT.com has recently upgraded to a new system that comes with additional features, such as the ability to upload artist videos and photos, share links to other content, create topics of discussions in the enhanced Message Boards area, and new profile pages. Those on the site may also comment directly on CMT.com content like music videos, news stories, and photo galleries.

Monroe'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, Chely Wright, Sammy Kershaw and Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus. He's toured Europe for the last three years and performed an average of 100 dates a year for the last two years. While at home in Nashville, he even makes room for a steady gig at Wildhorse Saloon.

No stranger to success Rick's last album, 'Against the Grain' spawned the hit single 'Midnight Rider'. Having received rave reviews in print and accolades on television shows such as EXTRA and ET, Rick's gritty Midnight Rider video is still in rotation on CMT PURE (http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/monroe_rick/artist.jhtml).

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 corporations have noticed the artist's allure as well. Monroe has picked up sponsorship from Peavey, Jagermeister, Resistol Hats, Blue Berry 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, 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. 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.

http://www.myspace.com/rickmonroe
See the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LCiwvJSpqA

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