ABOUT

“Monroe SUN” is a Nashville based, roots music hybrid of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies performed with a rockabilly backbeat. They blend the raw energy of their Sun Records era inspired rockabilly rhythm with their respect for traditional bluegrass instrumental breaks and harmonies. Led by songwriter, Adam Pope, Monroe SUN performs original material mixed with fresh, unique takes on some classic bluegrass and rockabilly tunes.

“Monroe” refers to the to the Father of Bluegrass- Bill Monroe. "SUN" refers to the unintentional impact Bill Monroe's music had on the birth of rock n’ roll in Memphis at Sun Studios in 1954. It was there that Elvis Presley recorded an uptempo version of Monroe’s original waltz staple “Blue Moon of Kentucky” to be the flip side of his 1st record release that featured “That’s All Right.” This record established Sun Studios in Memphis as the birthplace of a new genre of music and Elvis Presley went on to forever be known as the “King of Rock n’ Roll.”

Monroe SUN puts on a variety show with songs about faith, family, love, humor, a pig, and more!

 

BAND MEMBERS

ADAM

POPE

is a performing songwriter who specializes in country, rockabilly, and bluegrass music. Adam has released 6 solo/band albums since moving to Nashville in 2006. He and his wife Amy reside just outside of Nashville, TN with their 2 children. Recently released albums include 2 duets projects Adam and Amy have worked on together. In 2018 Adam also assembled bluegrass/rockabilly band called “Monroe SUN” and they are set to release a Roots project in 2020! 

LISA

HORNGREN

was born in Milwaukee, WI and in 2005 she relocated to Nashville to pursue a music career.  Lisa is a multi-instrumentalist (upright bass, mandolin, banjo, guitar, etc) who has toured with many different bluegrass, rockabilly, & traditional country bands throughout her career (The Tennessee Three, Texas 55, Reedy Buzzards, artist Joe Hott, etc). Lisa is THE go-to Mama Maybelle Carter-style guitar picker (“as far as I am concerned”- Adam Pope). She has played on stage at at the Ryman Auditorium, the General Jackson Showboat, the Midnight Jamboree, and all over the world. She has also backed Grand Ole Opry stars Charlie Louvin, Tommy & Joanne Cash, and others. Lisa loves performing and her stage presence, smile, and enthusiasm is contagious! She has been working as a multi-instumentalist and has playing on records with Adam Pope since they met in 2006 and continues to do so with “Monroe SUN.”

PRESTON

B.

WALDEN

was born in Nashville, TN and grew up in the nearby small town of Mount Juliet. Preston has played with the Cedar Creek Boys, Hardeman Boys, Men in Bluegrass and Nashvegas Ramblers. Preston was a regular performer at Opryland USA for several seasons and he has gone on to play banjo/guitar on stage at the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House, the General Jackson Showboat, Nashville Palace, B.B. King's, The Country Music Hall Of Fame, The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, and many more. Along with being a talented musician, Preston is known for his quick-witted humor, smile, and showmanship.  He joined “Monroe SUN” in 2018.  

Jerry 

Webb

is from Texas but moved to Nashville in 1985. Jerry is an electric guitarist and an electric bassist. He has shared the stage with many Opry stars and has owned a recording studio for decades in Music City. In his career, Jerry has toured with Jett Williams, Razzy Baily, David Church, Jack Greene, and many other traditional country artists. Jerry has worked with Adam Pope since he first mixed Adam's "Sun Sessions" back in 2012. Starting with the "Rebel Roots" band and now he's adding the rockabilly, complimentary style licks to "Monroe SUN!" 

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