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Bluegrass Ramone


02/07/07
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(PR) The New York Times preview said it best: “There is life after the Ramones, but who knew it would be bluegrass?” The write-up referred to Tommy Ramone’s new bluegrass duo Uncle Monk, co-fronted by Claudia Tienan. In what seems an improbable second act for the man who wrote “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” Uncle Monk is rooted in the old-timey and bluegrass traditions. The duo’s self-titled debut album featuring 14 original songs will be released to brick and mortar retail on the indie Airday Records label, distributed by Burnside Distribution, on May 22.

“We are doing what feels natural to us,” says Ramone. “We are making use of string-band instrumentation along with alternative rock flavorings. We’re drawn to the classic simplicity of string-band music, but at the same time we are deeply involved with the aesthetics of indie music. There is a similarity between punk and old-time music — both are home-brewed as opposed to schooled. Both have earthy energy. And there is a certain cool in old-time music that is found in the best alternative artists.”

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