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In 2008, two small towns on opposite sides of the globe came together when guitarist Ben Carey from Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia met singer/songwriter Bryan Hopkins from Salem, Oregon. When their paths initially crossed, Ben was a member of multi-platinum recording artist LIFEHOUSE and Bryan was the frontman for Hollywood-based and award winning rock band Paperback Hero.
Ben and Bryan's deep roots and vibrant history in music created an immediate bond, and their times hanging out together led to impromptu songwriting sessions. The songs they wrote in those sessions gave a voice to their lifelong stories and became the foundation for ELVIS MONROE.
The members of ELVIS MONROE have worked tirelessly for the last seven years to create what is truly a unique sonic platform that features an eclectic mix of country, classic Americana and modern flavors. Those elements come to life in an organic live show full of laughs and audience participation - all wrapped up in an engaging Storytellers format.
Over the past five years, ELVIS MONROE has toured the country independently playing one-off shows. In June of 2017, EM partnered with Boston-based company Cappello Heavy Transport and began touring aggressively (on their beloved tour bus named Shelby), visiting radio stations and playing shows with an impressive roster of A-list national talent such as Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Daughtry and Brett Young to name a few. Their longer tours include extensive time on the road and nightly shows with bands like 3 Doors Down and Love and Theft.
ELVIS MONROE'S consistent ability to deliver a stand-out live show is captivating. Whether it's Ben and Bryan onstage as an acoustic duo with best friend banter or as a world class six-piece band that includes drums, two guitars, bass, and a fiddle, EM's live show is always entertaining.
ELVIS MONROE was forged on friendships and is an honest, heart-felt and unique listening experience. Their songs speak their stories with rare truth and integrity, and their accessibility as humans is endearing to fans nationwide. They look forward to meeting you at a show sometime soon!
We have some awesome shows coming up in the next few weeks. We are extremely proud and honored to be playing Country58 on Saturday, October 27th! Country58 is a celebration of the 58 brave souls who lost their lives during the horrific Vegas Shooting. This show is especially close to our hearts because we were there that terrible night, and was the basis for our song The Fight (see below).
We will also be playing the Vegas Strong Run on Saturday, September 29th to help raise money for The Injured Police Officers Fund and The Firefighters of S.N. Burn Foundation!
ELVIS Monroe @ Vegas Strong Run
Las Vegas Harley Davidson
Saturday, September 29th @ 9am - 3pm
Las Vegas, NV
ELVIS Monroe @ Country58!
Saturday, October 27th @ 12:30pm - 10:30pm
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“Backyard Family BBQ”
Without further ado, we are wicked proud to show you our new video for "Backyard Family BBQ" directed by David Pichette! We hope you enjoy it, don't forget to sub to our youtube channel so you can see all new videos the second they are released.
Thank you to our director David Pichette of Main Stage Multimedia and everyone who played a huge part of making this a massive success.
Gday there guys n gals, we wanted to share a lil bit of us - ELVIS Monroe - BEN n Bryan - B n B - from the inside out. Although every song we write and perform is personal to us in so many ways, this song - THE FIGHT - is extra special to the both of us...
We were so so soooo Lucky on the eve of October 1, 2017 to survive the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Fest in Las Vegas. This event was literally life changing for so Many. Horrific and devastating to say the least ... 58 people lost their lives that night and over 700 injured 😥
We were lucky! We survived! We made it out! Something we will remember and carry with us everyday of our lives moving forward...
In the aftermath of such a life altering event we finished a song - a song that has to be heard - a song that we hope can help others heal - as it did for us - help us heal (not forget) - help us stand strong - stand as one - stand up and fight!
Have the courage and strength that it takes to do so - in the wake of crippling circumstances...
Whateva your fight is , Whateva your struggle , Whateva hurt you are faced with - know you are not alone and together we can link arms and stand strong - stand strong as a community , stand strong as a family - stand strong as an individual - Love WILL WIN in the end !!
From us, B n B, we truly hope you find some inspiration in this song that means so much to us.... For the 58 who were not as lucky as we were. For their families and friends and lives they touched - this goes out to you!!! 🖤
A special thanks to Chuck Cappello, Brian Claypool, Randy Lester, Kevin Harold, Adrian Patrick and the Man upstairs for your contributions to this song.
Without further ado here is a LIVE performance of “The Fight” from recent tour with 3 Doors Down.
Vegas Rat Rods!
ELVIS Monroe on Vegas Rat Rods / Welderup thank you Steve Darnell for having on this and writing "blue collar man" with us.
Blue Collar Man
Colors That we Fly
“Rebel” BPJ Tour!
“Take We Back” BPJ Tour!
Why ELVIS Monroe?
Some people ask us how we came up with the name ELVIS Monroe, no it's not a mashup of our names. Matt Nelson, the son of Ricky Nelson from the popular 90s band Nelson, gave us the name. He named us ELVIS Monroe as a tribute to Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe who were both cultural icons that blazed their own trail and left legacies that will last for generations! EM is a nod to their unique talents, contributions to music, and just overall wicked awesomeness.
“The music speaks for itself. I like to call it Americana pop, it’s done with an acoustic kind of tinge, but it rocks!” --lead guitarist Ben Carey.
In this video we made a special stop at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, the birthplace of legendary musical careers including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. It meant a lot for us to see ELVIS Monroe branded on #shelby at Sun Records, as a way of paying our respects to some of the greatest musicians to ever live.
Back Porch Jam!
We wanted to take a few minutes and post about our amazing experience on the #BackPorchJam tour with 3 Doors Down.
Ever since the tour began back in January in So Cal the time has FLOWN by, everything has just been a whirlwind of excitement, fun, awe, music, travel and so much more, at times it was near impossible to not believe that it wasn't all a dream.
We want to thank everyone who made this tour a huge success for EM. Thanks to 3 Doors Down for seeing our potential and asking us to tour with them. We couldn't have toured with a better bunch of guys and crew, we look forward to future gigs with them! We learned so much.
We want to thank Cappello Heavy Transport and Chuck “Hollywood” Cappello. Chuck is our partner and a brother to us, and without his support this tour would have been a no-go from the start. “Shelby” has been our home on wheels and has been an awesome bus that took us from Coast to Coast and everywhere in between. Thanks Chuck, you have no idea how much your support means.
We want to thank the EM crew for their unending support. Y’all were Wicked Amazing.
Last but certainly not least, we want to thank you, our fans and he new #ELVISMonroeMafia fans we made along the way! Every show we played, you were AMAZING. You each brought a positive vibe that brought out the best in us, and for that we are extremely grateful. We look forward to making music and growing with each of ya'll down the road, thank you for your support!
Special thanks to Cappello Heavy Transport for providing us “Shelby” to ride around in for our Back Porch Jam tour! Our friend and brother from another mother Chuck owns CHT located in Shrewsbury, Mass.
CHT specializes in transportation of oversized construction equipment, cranes, and generators. They also offers comprehensive knowledge and service - as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Service Administration. So if you need something BIG hauled, hit up our man Chuck, he will give you a good deal!
Thanks again Chuck, and Cappello Heavy Transport for helping us make our dreams come true, “Shelby” rocks!
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