Del McCoury Band & Friends - Moneyland CD

This compilation gathers songs old, new, angry, somber, and everything in between to shine a spotlight on the sad situation of rural America in the 21st century. 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 Dan Tyminski, among others. Highlights include McCoury's vitriolic "Moneyland," Patty Loveless' creepy "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive," and the gospel-infused "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby featuring only piano, vocals, and guest vocals from the Fairfield Four

1. Fireside Chat, Part 1 - Franklin D. Roosevelt 0:46 mp3 sample
2. Breadline Blues 1932 - Bernard "Slim" Smith 1:35 mp3 sample
3. Moneyland - The Del McCoury Band 3:54 mp3 sample
4. Farmer's Blues - Marty Stuart/Merle Haggard 3:20 mp3 sample
5. What Happened? - Merle Haggard 3:42 mp3 sample
6. Medley: I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home/I'd Rather Live By The Side of the Road - Mac Wiseman 3:07 mp3 sample
7. When I'm 64 - The Del McCoury Band 2:35 mp3 sample
8. 40 Acres and a Fool - The Del McCoury Band 4:04 mp3 sample
9. A Train Not Running - Chris Knight 3:54
10. You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive - Patty Loveless 6:07
11. Mama's Hungry Eyes - Emmylou Harris 3:39
12. Carry Me Across The Mountain - Dan Tyminski 2:34
13. If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard 2:42
14. The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby with the Fairfield Four 5:24
15. Breadline Blues 2008 - Del McCoury Band with Mac Wiseman, Tim O'Brien, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings 3:07
16. Fireside Chat, Part 2 - Franklin D. Roosevelt (plus bonus Del McCoury Band track - "The Train keeps Rolling") 5:13

Released July 8 2008