Southern Rock and Country Upstarts Rick Monroe & The Hitmen Release New Single “Devil On Both Sides”
New album 'Six Gun Soul' coming in fall of 2023
Southern rock and country upstarts Rick Monroe & The Hitmen have delivered a scorching single “Devil On Both Sides” (The Label Group/INgrooves) from the upcoming album ‘SIX GUN SOUL,’ due out later this year.
“Devil On Both Sides is a rock and roll testament that life is full of difficult decisions and dilemmas,” shares producer and co-writer JD Shuff. “Quite often exposing that even doing our best will inevitably include some wrong turns.”
“The song is about there being devils on both sides of all our current issues,” shares Monroe. “I’m damned if I don’t, damned if I do.” The only way to get through this mess called life is faith and knowing you will stumble because that is all part of the process. I also believe it’s one of the best all-around tracks off our upcoming ‘SIX GUN SOUL’ album.”
For years Rick Monroe has been a solo artist hiring players as needed and doing the Nashville shuffle of interchangeable bands, but during Covid-19 everything changed. In 2020, Rick and the band, with Bobby Perkins & Alan Beeler, were set to have an amazing year starting off with a West Coast tour when the world shut down. Instead of everyone going their own way, they all stuck together and started streaming live shows from their basements, garages, and living rooms. At the same time, Rick and Alan Beeler started a standing Tuesday writing meeting which eventually became the bulk of their current album. Through some mutual friends, Rick met Malcolm Springer and they decided to track a few songs and see how it went. Once in the studio, it was obvious that this was quickly becoming more of a band situation, and when Malcolm brought Jason Bohl in, the sound finally came together. Rick joked one night about how the band was killing it and bam-someone said “The Hitmen”- and that was that.
Listen/download the “Devil On Both Sides” single HERE.
Watch the lyric video for “Devil On Both Sides” HERE.
Listen/download the "Six Gun Soul" single HERE.
Rick Monroe and The Hitmen On Tour: JUL 21 ABATE Boogie Rally Springville, Ind. AUG 12 NOS World of Outlaws Racing Knoxville, Iowa
For more information, visit rickmonroe.com or linktr.ee/rickmonroeandthehitmen.
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More About Rick Monroe & The Hitmen:
Rick Monroe – Vocals, Guitar World-class entertainer Rick Monroe brings his music and a magnetic presence wherever he goes. With a down-to-earth country resonance, Monroe is no stranger to the stage. He’s performed in 17 countries and every U.S. state including Washington D.C. & Puerto Rico. The seven-time Jägermeister Country Brand Ambassador has toured with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Pat Green, and Randy Houser as well as opening for country music legends like the Charlie Daniels Band, Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless and more. Rick has entertained the USO, AFE, U.S. troops in Vietnam, and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. His brother called him “Elvis Gump” because of all the amazing people and places his career has led him.
Show-goers can expect to hear some of Rick’s new material as well as hit singles like the sultry “This Side of You,” and the Southern rocker “Cocaine Cold & Whiskey Shakes” as well as several Top 40 hits from the IT’S A LOVE THING, GYPSY SOUL EPs, and full albums SMOKE OUT THE WINDOW, and AGAINST THE GRAIN.
For those who aren’t familiar with his music, Rick advises them to come to the show for a good time and to be ready for “just about anything.” “I love to play,” the singer notes. “And I want everyone to play along. I like to think of my shows as an interactive sport.”
Rick enjoys sponsorships and/or endorsements with Full Throttle / NOS Energy Drinks, GHS Strings, SE Electronics, Roper Western Wear, Shubb Capos, Speakeasy Original, Westone Audio & Fishman Audio.
Rick grew up in a variety of places–California, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, and even England, and his love of music and outgoing personality naturally drew him to the stage. Now based in Nashville, Monroe believes GYPSY SOUL shows the kind of diversity he can offer as an artist. He says, “I’m not so linear in my approach to music; I’m more diversified. My influences range from A to Z and I always try to put that into my music. But my home base will always be country because it’s not just about the hype of an idea; it’s based on songs.” Fans can expect to hear a wide range of material–but Rick promises that it will all be quality. If his chart success is any indication, it’s clear Monroe knows what folks want to hear–and he’s eager to give them exactly that.
The “Great Minds” music video and “This Side of You” Lyric video have logged over 1,500,000 views on YouTube. While his streams, without any editorial playlist, have reached 1,000,000 and growing.
Bobby Perkins – Guitar, Vocals Bobby Perkins has been a guitarist for 22 years and a Hitman for 4 years. His roots start from his hometown in upstate NY where he was surrounded by a musical family who always supported his musical endeavors. He has always taken a liking to rock and metal but has over the years cultivated other styles into his playing such as country, jazz, pop, hip-hop, etc.
Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Classic Gold top G&L ASAT, Classic American Tele, Bluesman, Vintage Relic Tele Amps: Fuchs ODS II, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Kemper Stage Profiler
Alan Beeler – Bass, Vocals Alan Beeler has always loved going deep, so it makes sense that he would pick up a bass. He currently resides with his mother and cat, as most bass players do, and enjoys the meth-like high of going through Excel spreadsheets and color-coding various lengths of wire.
He also plays the banjo...’nuff said, am I right?”
Jason Bohl – Drums Jason Bohl was born in Southern California, but he cut his teeth in the Seattle music scene for many years before relocating to Nashville in late 2018. He has spent his time in town working as a session musician on various major label and indie records, which is how he originally met Rick and the band. His recordings have racked up millions of combined streams. He has an affinity for Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, and Rock music, and he likes to enjoy a good cigar and some bourbon from time to time.
Gear: DW Drums and Hardware, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Diemond Star Drumsticks.