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Album Review

It's not hard to feel enthusiastic about New Cornucopia!, And the Moneynotes' debut album. The band obviously had such a good time recording it that the music's sense of fun is contagious. But that's not to suggest that this is a perky little pop album, since it isn't. In fact, only a couple of songs are even remotely pop, and there are a good number of downtempo tracks; regardless, the set sports a slew of infectious melodies and clap-along choruses. So what's going on here? At their core, And the Moneynotes are an R&B band, but one that refuses to stick to that genre, slipping and sliding gleefully into others at every given opportunity. Take "The Rascal of Lisbon," for example, a torch song with a decided country tinge, at least until guitarist Manny Quinn rides in with his melancholy surf solo. "Rascal's Reprise" revisits the melody of "Lisbon" in sumptuous jazz style, but blends in British Invasion R&B. The album is filled with these types of twists, from the hoedown "Hornaplenty" that's bedded in R&B to "A Pirate's Confession III" that stirs together swing, R&B, and ragtime. The infectious, knees-up "My Kid Smokin" is the nearest the band gets to R&B served neat, but even that gets a slice of country, while the equally catchy "Bolinda" interweaves the Beatles and doo wop. It's the upbeat numbers with their hook-lined choruses and strong melodies that immediately garner attention — even country haters will adore "The Gimp," while jazz detractors will be bowled over by "Wait I Get Ya" — but the band's downtempo numbers are just as striking, as are the Moneynotes' quirky themes and at times almost surreal lyrics. It's R&B as you've never imagined, and as it never was intended to be, but so right nonetheless.

Customer Reviews


I saw these guys a long time ago when they only had an EP out and I've been waiting on a full length for a long time and it's amazing! So much energy and fun put into one record. I actually won a free copy at their cd release party for it! A Pirate's Confession Part III dominates though.

Blew My Mind

What can I say? I say these guys live by chance and they blew me away! The fiddle player is absolutely amazing. The whole band is great. I drove all the way to Scranton to hear them again. This is by far one of the best cds I have purchased.


This high energy assault is the perfect combination of 50's rock and gypsy swing. It will stick in your head for weeks and that's a very good thing.


Formed: 2006 in Scranton, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

And the Moneynotes originally began as Dr. Horsemachine and the Moneynotes in Scranton, PA, in 2006. After the self-described "vaudevillian country bluegrass pop" group completed its first EP, This Year We Hunt, in 2007, bassist Austin Smith returned to his native Texas. The rest of the group -- Mike Williams (guitar, vocals), Roy Williams (piano, vocals), Coleman Smith (fiddle), Jeff "Setty" Hopkins (drums), and Brian Craig (washboard, mandolin) -- brought Mike Quinn (guitar, vocals) and Pat Finnerty...
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