John Edwards Drops Hot New Mixtape

Apr 24th, 2007 // 9 Comments

edwardsss.jpgJohn Edwards–a.k.a. America’s Supra-Handsomest Presidential Candidate–is getting into the music-distribution business. As the Wall Street Journal‘s Washington Wire blog reports, the dashing former North Carolina senator is sending out an attractively assembled country-music CD in connection with his Restoring Rural America campaign:

According to an email pitch we received this afternoon, anyone who contributes $50 or more gets a copy of the CD “Moneyland,” which “tells the story of the plight of rural America, through a collection of recordings, both old and new, from legendary country and bluegrass recording artists, including: The Del McCoury Band, Merle Haggard, Welch, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby & the Fairfield Four, Mac Wiseman, Patty Loveless, and more.”

What, no Akon? He’s on everything this year. The most interesting name in that line-up is Merle Haggard, who’s already written a song about Hillary Clinton; clearly, he hasn’t made up us mind yet, meaning that we can expect a rainy-night ballad about Joe Biden by mid-June.

Edwards Offers a Country CD [WSJ] [reg. required]

  1. bambino

    Yes, but Akon does like the dixie chicks (see this month’s RS interview)

  2. NickEddy

    This set could do with some Throbbing Gristle.

  3. Mick Kraut

    What, no Haircut 100?

    Seriously though given the theme Edwards is shooting for how did Jay Farrar get passed over for this set? Or Mellencamp for that matter…

  4. Anonymous

    The April 19 Edwards campaign stop in Roanoke featured a free concert by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

    Don’t you be disrepectin’ Dr. Ralph, now, smart-mouth city boy.

  5. Mick Kraut


    I can’t imagine ‘Oh Death’ getting the crowd to worked up though, I trust he went with something else…

  6. Anonymous

    @Mick Kraut:

    I think “Hard Times” would harmonize with the Edwards platform.

  7. nonce

    @NickEddy: This is true, I would argue, for all presdiential mixtapes. “Hamburger Lady” with some steel guitar on it would be an instant crossover classic. Clinton or Obama could go for the urban/youth market with a Lil’ Wayne remake of “Discipline.”

    I actually probably would pay money to see the latter happen.

  8. thefrontpage

    I heard that Edwards’ favorite band is Haircut 400.

  9. Chris Molanphy

    It’s an attempt by Edwards to co-opt the only popular genre of music the GOP can rely on for their conventions and fundraisers.

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