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A timely multi-artist collection that offers a hard-hitting look at economic injustice through songs old and new. Framed by excerpts from two of Franklin Roosevelt's Depression-era "fireside chats," Moneyland revitalizes country and bluegrass music's connections to the lives of hardworking people in ways that honor the past, look to the future, and challenge the listeners to act in the present. Moneyland's musical bookends are found in Bernard "Slim" Smith's Depression era classic, "Breadline Blues," as the original 1932 recording at the start of the album is matched by a new "Breadline Blues 2008," featuring McCoury, the legendary Mac Wiseman, Grammy winner Tim O'Brien and the harmonies of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Between the two, the collection explores the hardships of rural and urban working people and their families through a thoughtful selection of new songs, neglected gems, and classic favorites performed by The Del McCoury Band, Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Bruce Hornsby, and Chris Knight, among others.

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  1. Fireside Chat, Part 1Franklin D. Roosevelt0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Breadline Blues 1932Bernard "Slim" Smith 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. MoneylandThe Del McCoury Band 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Farmer's BluesMarty Stuart;Merle Haggard 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. What Happened?Merle Haggard 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Medley: I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home/I'd Rather Live By The Side of the RoadMac Wiseman 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. When I'm 64The Del McCoury Band 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. 40 Acres and a FoolThe Del McCoury Band 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. A Train Not RunningChris Knight 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. You'll Never Leave Harlan AlivePatty Loveless 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Carry Me Across The MountainDan Tyminski 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. If We Make It Through DecemberMerle Haggard 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. The Way It IsBruce Hornsby with the Fairfield Four 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Breadline Blues 2008Del McCoury Band with Mac Wiseman;Tim O'Brien;Gillian Welch;David Rawlings;Bernard "Slim" Smith 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Fireside Chat, Part 2Franklin D. Roosevelt 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mccoury Music
  • ASIN: B00197XF9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The liner notes to this album state that the only goal of this release is to send this message to politicians in Washington: "Over the last couple of decades, you have turned Rural America into a scene of devastation which can best be described as 'Forgotten America.' Not only do we believe it 'un-American' for Washington to be blind to the problems of small towns and rural America, we believe it immoral...and there are an ever-growing number of us out here who are ready to stand up against this corrupt neglect of our culture and people."

That message sets the tone for the music included on this disc. The 14 songs all look at small town America and how recent events have impacted this segment of the country. The first song is the original 1931 recording of "Breadline Blues 1932" by Bernard "Slim" Smith and concludes with a 2008 remake featuring Del McCoury, Mac Wiseman, Tim O'Brien, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings with additional lyrics. Bookending the music are two excerpts from FDR's Depressian-era Fireside Chats.

There are only a handful of songs that were recorded specifically for this project. In addition to "Breadline Blues 2008," there are three new tracks by the Del McCoury Band--the energetic title track; "40 Acres and a Fool," which tells the tale of a corporate executive who pretends to be a farmer; and just to keep the proceedings from getting too somber they do a rousing bluegrass version of the Beatles' "When I'm 64.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on August 28, 2008
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"Moneyland" opens with Franklin D. Roosevelt espousing a "broader definition of liberty" that allows more freedom and security for the average man than ever known before. Then, the latest news in Bernard "Slim" Smith's 1932 "Breadline Blues" is about the funny relationship between having a job, money, friends, and food. The Del McCoury Band's title cut then establishes a contemporary perspective about the "money disease" and "a thing called greed." You get the idea of this CD's thematic message. The majority of this album consists of previously-released cuts from other artists like Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Chris Knight, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Dan Tyminski, Bruce Hornsby & The Fairfield Four. By that point of the album when the new remake of "Breadline Blues 2008" cues up, we are still left wondering about various moral dilemmas and whether there are any clear-cut answers. Bruce Hornsby had earlier claimed "some things will never change, that's just the way it is, but don't you believe them." Of course, the social commentary of "Breadline Blues" between the long-eared mule and the big-mouthed elephant is still relevant today. Timely for release during a Presidential election year, the McCourys state that the only goal of this album is to send a clear message to the politicians in Washington. Whether you consider yourself "red" or "blue," these songs go beyond partisan politics. They simply get us thinking about the current state of rural Americans, their communities, and their livelihoods. We've got to find a way to keep the corn from getting cobbed. FDR was optimistic, and we should be too. Still timely today, FDR's advice was to overcome our arduous burdens and economic calamities by retaining our faith in our ability to master our own destiny. The McCourys have transferred that sentiment to this musical sampler. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Hohman on August 8, 2008
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The Del McCoury Band is truly one-of-a-kind and, by this time, should be regarded as the best bluegrass band to ever take the stage. If you've seen them live, you know this to be true. If you've listened to their recordings "The Family" and "Cold, Hard Facts," you know that they operate on a totally different and higher level than every bluegrass band out there. The depth of Del's compositions and the telepathic interplay between the group's musicians create an emotionally stirring musical experience. That Del McCoury should take such a critical view of American politics at this stage in his career is a testament to his compassion for the average man and his belief in the transformative power of music. Especially when you consider that Del & The Boys work within a genre that, more often than not, prides itself on blind faith to all things red, white and blue. Long live Del, Ronnie and the boys!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzan Hatch on June 15, 2009
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Great Music from great musicians with a cause. The action one is supposed to take after purchasing the item and listening to it is very fuzzy. The message is there that America needs to support the fundamentals of a solid rural community. It would be nice if they had included what it was specifically that they wanted you to do and who to contact. I enjoyed it. Music is important in protest and generating feelings of involvement. Maybe the idea is to make one a more informed voter. This selection carries me back to old radio shows and music dealing with the Great Depression. There are some interesting interpretations of older material. It makes one think, but have an enjoyable music experience at the same time.
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