Can’t make the Farm Aid Concert in Chicago next month? Thanks to Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Aid 30 will be streamed live at farmaid.org. The webcast, Farm Aid 30 Live Presented by Amy’s Kitchen, will feature artist performances and stories from family farmers and eaters across the country.
For more information, and to support family farmres:
This great photo was taken at the BMI Awards Banquet on November 6, 2007, when Willie Nelson was honored with the BMI Icon Award.
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This and many other beautiful duets are on Willie’s, “To All the Girls” album.
To All the Girls (Legacy)
1.Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back
2.Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me
3.Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long
4.Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me
5.Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places
6.Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning
7.Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind
8.Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between
9.Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor
10.Melonie Cannon – Back To Earth
11.Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands
12.Norah Jones – Walkin’
13.Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World
14.Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine
15.Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning
16.Brandi Carlile – Making Believe
17.Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
18.Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone
by: David Menconi
We won’t have Farm Aid again in Raleigh this year, but there’s another pretty big country-leaning festival coming to Walnut Creek this fall. And like Farm Aid, this one also features Willie Nelson: the American Roots Music & Arts Festival. It’s set for Oct. 17-18, with Granite Falls native Eric Church headlining both nights.
So far, the rest of the lineup ranges from college-radio stars Modest Mouse to rocked-up hip-hop band The Roots, plus Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leftover Salmon, Grace Potter, Chris Stapleton, 2014 Farm Aid headliner Nelson and more.
Tickets go on sale Monday, with two-day ticket prices starting at $79 and going to $1,000. There will be no single-day tickets.
Check livenation.com for further details.
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Photo by: Heather Coit/The News-Gazette
John Graham, who worked at the first Farm Aid concert at Memorial Stadium back in 1985, holds up personal photos and mementos from the event while at the News-Gazette studio on Friday, July 17, 2015.
by: Paul Wood
John Graham remembers the weather in Champaign on Sept. 22, 1985, was mostly cloudy with occasional light rain.
Oh, and there was the biggest musical event to ever hit Champaign — by far. Sixty major acts played the first and best Farm Aid.
“That damp, soggy afternoon had little effect on the spirits of 80,000 Farm Aid fans gathered at the Memorial Stadium,” he recalls.
Graham was a witness to almost everything involved in that inaugural Farm Aid, participating as one of the University of Illinois organizers. He’s now in a similar role with University of Texas athletics.
Farm Aid 30 will take place 130 miles away from Champaign on Sept. 19, once again with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, but otherwise not much in common.
Graham says the idea for benefit concerts was in the wind in 1985. Live Aid concerts raised $30 million for famine relief in Ethiopia. Bob Dylan mentioned it would be good to do the same for struggling farmers.
A few days after Live Aid, Willie Nelson was on the road to a concert date at the Illinois State Fair, Graham recalls in a journal he kept.
“Word was, a golf-course conversation between Willie and Gov. James Thompson led to a larger discussion about a possible benefit concert farmers,” he says. “I was the event manager for the Assembly Hall and was assigned the same role for Farm Aid.”
Here’s how Farm Aid played out 30 years ago, through Graham’s eyes:
“The meeting was a small group of the Assembly Hall arena team. The athletics department operates the stadium and they will work with us on the event, but their focus is football and with this concert in the middle of football season, their main concern is that the field and facility don’t get damaged by the production and the fans.”
Willie Nelson is represented by the Buddy Lee Agency out of Nashville; the agency will enlist the artists for the event, an ever-growing bill. The ticket price will be under $25.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. The price is $17.50 each.
“Artists are being added on a daily basis through Buddy Lee, and with the addition of The Nashville Network to carry the entire concert live, television and movie stars are lining up to be part of the action. The rotating Live Aid stage used in Philadelphia is going to be brought in and JAM Productions from Chicago will engineer the overall support for the event,” Graham wrote.
Graham is a first-hand witness as Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp, Neil Young and Thompson hold a press conference/farm leader meeting at the Assembly Hall. Nelson “noted that 120 family farms were going out of business every day and that high interest rates and high fuel prices were squeezing the profits and killing the farmers.”