The Del McCoury Band & Various Artists: Moneyland
“All of my family grew up in rural America, a place where hard work is rewarded, friends are always ready to lend a hand to someone in need, and they still believe in the "original" Golden Rule--"do unto others...". That's why I can't ignore what is happening to hard working folks all across this country--but especially in rural America. Most have worked just as hard as I have, and love their kids and grand kids just as much as I do--but they've had some bad breaks. If their jobs are going away--along with their pensions in many cases, their hospitals are being closed, and they are struggling to meet their basic needs--I have to do what I can to help.” – Del McCoury
Bluegrass great Del McCoury’s new single, “Moneyland” (written by John Herald), is the centerpiece of this multi-artist compilation album aimed to bring attention to the plight of the working folks of America. All of the songs here speak to the widening economic gap between the top 1% and the 99% of us that are finding it more difficult to find a decent job, afford healthcare, food, and housing for our families.
The CD is bookmarked by excerpts from a couple of once-more pertinent radio addresses from Franklin D Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats.” Bluegrass pioneer, Mac Wiseman, introduced Del McCoury to Bernard ‘Slim’ Smith’s 1932 recording >”Breadline Blues”, Smith’s original follows the first of FDR’s chat. A newly updated version,”Breadline Blues 2008”, leads into the closing chat. Del Mcoury is joined on this contemporary version by Mac Wiseman, Tim O’Brien, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
Between the double bookends, Moneyland is a collections of songs, new and old, about what Del McCoury calls the “Forgotten America” – the working people. The Del McCoury Band brings three new songs to this collection, including a remake of the Beatles’ classic “When I’m 64” and a hilarious story of a rich man who moved to the country to become a rancher entitled “Forty Acres And A Fool.” Country Music Hall of Famer and voice for working folk, Merle Haggard, provides his 1973 classic "If We Make It Through December” and from his 2007 release, "What Happened?" Dan Tyminski supplied his 2001 recording, “Carry Me Across The Mountain,” based on a true Depression era story of a child in need of far-off healthcare. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell provided their moving version of “Mama’s Hungry Eyes.” Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart sing of the “Farmer's Blues.” Pianist Bruce Hornsby provided a reworked version of his 1986 hit, “The Way It Is” with the gospel group The Fairfield Four. Patty Loveless supplied a moving rendition of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Chris Knight's contemporary song of rural economic desolation, “A Train Not Running” tells the sad tale of families devastated by closed workplaces.
"I'm in a position where I can make good choices," McCoury says reflectively. "And aside from just doing what I do musically, I can help others do the same themselves, and get a message out that people need to hear and think about-and, especially in an election year, take action on. This isn't about party politics, it's about doing what's best for our country and everyone in it, not just a lucky few."
Artist: Del McCoury
Artist Website: www.mccourymusic.com
Label: McCoury Music
Release Date: July 8, 2008
Available for: purchase or download from: McCoury Music, Amazon.com, Plan 9 Music, or your independent local record store.