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Album review: 'Moneyland'


Various artists

Moneyland | 4 stars out of 5

Bluegrass great Del McCoury is the man behind this timely concept album about what he calls “forgotten America” — the small towns and rural areas that are withering because of the greed and “corrupt neglect” of the powers that be.

The Del McCoury Band contributes three new recordings, including the stinging title song and, on a lighter note, the Beatles' When I'm 64. They are surrounded by on-topic contributions from, among others, Patty Loveless, Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Bruce Hornsby and the Fairfield Four.

Bookended by two of FDR's Depression-era Fireside Chats, it's a sharply focused set that mixes anger and pathos, and its decidedly nonpartisan view makes it all the more powerful.

Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer