"One of Roanoke's most fun acts... The band injects its own brand of wildness into old-timey and bluegrass music... doing what may be best described as “punk-grass."
- Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times
"Three parts bluegrass, two parts jam, and a couple cans of raucous country, some mountain sound, and spoonful of punk, and you're just about ready to prepare yourself for what may be Roanoke's "Next Big Thing". - Sean Bera, The Valley Blend
"What to say about Grass Monkey? I liken them to waking up with amnesia at 4:00 AM in Tijuana covered in maple syrup and $50 bills next to an unconscious circus clown. It's Bluegrass by way of "Fear and Loathing".
- Jake Dempsey, Recording Engineer for The Jefferson Music Lab
"Grass Monkey from Roanoke, VA is one of my favorite bands in the area. They are a proven act that consistently draws great crowds and delivers energetic and powerful performances. Their grassy jam style appeals to many generations and music lovers of all genres. Once you’ve witnessed it for yourself, you’ll understand how they blew away the competition at Martin’s Battle of the Bands in June of 2012 and earned themselves a spot at Floydfest. This band certainly has a bright future in front of them and will, without a doubt, continue to impress crowds for years to come."
-Jason Martin, Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke, VA - 2012 Homegrown Music Network Venue of the Year
The Grass Monkey Band, started in Roanoke, VA in 2007, has buffed up its previously precocious punk-grass act into electric rock and roll that stays true to its Appalachian roots with three part vocal harmonies and just the right touch of twang. Piloted by Scott Minton (electric bass and vocals), featuring Spencer McKenna (electric guitar and vocals), Morgan Currie (harmonica and vocals), and Brian McKee (drums), the Grass Monkey Band’s original bluegrass-inspired mountain jams have never sounded better! With a storied-string-band-past including a few former members, Grass Monkey Band gained local popularity in Roanoke and released The Bazaar Sessions in 2011, before trading in the fiddle and acoustic guitar for soulful Telecaster solos and ferocious harmonica riffs.
Lately, the Monkey has been on the road traveling through Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia playing storytelling songs with an array of influences. From doors-off driving rock featured in songs like “Slight Case of Murder,” “Big Rowdy,” and “Hotsy Totsy Woman,” to the mambo-meets-disco in “Lucy,” to the rockabilly swing of “Sweet Lima Bean,” to twangy toe-tappers like, “Find Me A Wife” and “Meet Me in the Van,” Grass Monkey Band is sure to keep you moving and wiggling with a unique sonic experience that is always appetite pleasing!
“You just don’t hear ‘sweet’ and ‘lima bean’ together in the same sentence very often. It’s just unusual!” - Red Hickey of the WDVX Blue Plate Special, Knoxville, TN