Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Harvest the Hope” Concert (Sat., September 27, 2014) SOLD OUT!

September 17th, 2014


Poster design by Justin Kemerling


Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, and a sacred tribal ceremony will be included in the day’s events.

Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson (son of Willie!) and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded a benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.

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Our gracious hosts Art & Helen Tanderup have invited us onto their farm for this once-in-a-lifetime event. We promise to tread lightly on this land that the family has stewarded for 100 years, and stand with them in their fight to protect our land and water from a risky tarsands pipeline. The farm lies directly on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Click here to join the Facebook event and post a rideshare offer or request.

•From Neligh: 8 miles north on HWY 14 to 857 RD, turn left and drive West 2/3 of a mile
•From the junction of HWY 20 and HWY 14: 7 miles south on HWY 14 to 857 RD, turn right and drive West 2/3 of a mile
•Parking for all ticket holders will be available on the Tanderup farm. It is prime Nebraska agricultural land, and will be surrounded by corn yet to be harvested. We must tread lightly and make sure it’s respected.
•ACCESSIBILITY? The concert will take place on a crop field. There is no pavement on the site. If you have questions about wheelchair access, please contact

DO’s & DONT’s:
•Collapsible camping/lawn chairs and blankets are allowed.
•No outside food or drink, including alcohol. Refillable (empty) water bottle OK.
•Vendors will sell food and beverages.
•No drugs.
•No tents/umbrellas.
•No pets.
•No “pro” photo or video recording equipment.
•Children 7 and under get in free, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Willie Nelson & Family, “Still is Still Moving to Me” (Farm Aid 2014) (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/2014)

September 17th, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Family Farm Aid 2014 (Setlist)

September 17th, 2014

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Set List

1. “Whiskey River”
2. “Still is Still Moving to Me”
3. “Beer for My Horses” (Toby Keith cover)
4. “Texas Flood” (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover with Lukas Nelson and Gary Clark Jr.)
5. “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (Ed Bruce cover)
6. “Good Hearted Woman” (Waylon Jennings cover)
7. “Shoeshine Man” (Tom T. Hall cover)
8. “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”
9. “On the Road Again”
10. “You Were Always On My Mind”
11. “Will You Remember Mine” (with Lily Meola)
12. “I’ll Fly Home”
13. “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”
14. “Band Of Brothers”
15. “Milk Cow Blues” (Kokomo Arnold cover)
16. “I Saw the Light” (Hank Williams cover)

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Homegrown Youth Market, NYC @ Farm Aid, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/2014)

September 17th, 2014


The Homegrown Youthmarket
Farm Aid Home Grown Village
by:  Pat Keeney

[Every year at Farm Aid, friends share their photos and stories with me.  This year, music lover and Farm Aid supporter Pat Keeney, of Texas, visited the Homegrown Youthmarket stand, and sent these great photos.  Thank you, Pat!]


I visited the YOUTH MARKET at Farm Aid& was inspired by these youth & their commitment to farm fresh food reaching the dining tables of America. YOUTH MARKET started in NYC. The warehouse is in the Bronx where the local farmers bring their produce. The youth then set up the market to sell the produce for the farmers.


They have 15 sites across NYC where they set up their markets. While talking to Kori Petrovic, the YOUTH MARKET program coordinator, she said they are planning on leaving behind a YOUTH MARKET in Raleigh. The youth working at YOUTH MARKET/Farm Aid were the grand children of local farmers. They were selling beautiful grapes, tomatoes, peaches & other farm fresh food grown by North Carolina farmers. Farm Aid is a wonderful teaching opportunity. It is a fun way to educate the public on where their food comes from & showing them just how easy it is to buy from local farmers. That helps the local farmers as well as putting better food on the table.


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September 17th, 2014


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Lots of Children at Farm Aid 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/14) [Now, that’s just good parenting)

September 17th, 2014

L. Banks

Check out the cool Farm Aid shirts and other merchandise:

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Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2014

September 17th, 2014


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Farm Aid 2014 Press Conference, Raleigh, NC

September 17th, 2014


Amy Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Carlene Carter and Gary Clark, Jr., at press conference before the Farm Aid concert on September 13, 2014

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This day in Willie Nelson history: Farm Aid 2000, Bristow, VA (9/17/2000)

September 17th, 2014

by Andrew Essex
Rolling Stone
October 26, 2000

When Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp founded Farm Aid in 1985, Ronald Reagan ran the Oval Office, big hair ruled and Britney Spears was three. A lot has changed in the past fifteen years, but if you happen to own a family farm, chances are you’re hurting worse than ever. Despite a raging economy, the average independent farmer currently earns about $7,00000 a year off his own land. Originally conceived to assist the kind of foreclosure devastated town that Mellencamp and Nelson grew up in Farm Aid must now contend with plummeting crop prices and the explosion of corporate agribusiness. Though it has spread about $15 million in grants through forty-four states (from legal support to drought relief to a crisis hotline), America’s 1.9 million family farmers — the little guys depicted in Mellencamp’s “Rain on the Scarecrow” — are still in bad shape.

“I thought the first Farm Aid would be enough to convince all the smart people how much we needed to do,” said Nelson before the concert began. “Things continue to get worse,” added a stone-faced Young. “It’s not what we wanted.”

All of this goes a long way toward explaining the tense mood at the Farm Aid 2000 pre concert news conference. At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 17th, under a tent beside the Nissan Pavilion, a grassy outdoor shed in Bristow, Virginia, Nelson and Young found themselves seated on a dais set with hay bale, gourds, and Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader.

Though Nelson had issued personal invitations to all four presidential candidates, George W. Bush had passed. Young wasn’t pleased: “Notably absent,” he pointed out after shaking hands with Buchanan, “Is anyone from the Bush campaign? Looks like another one of Bush’s great moves.” (“His idea of a good farm program,” groaned one Texas cattle rancher, “is Hee Haw,”)

Meanwhile, Al Gore, who had the day off, had sent Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota in his place. Buchanan clearly relished the open-minded audience. “Factory-farm cartels,” he told the crowd, “are shafting the America farmer.” Nader, already a big favorite with the disgruntled farmers, was treated to savior-like applause. He called the family-farm situation “the worst since the Depression – a human tragedy.”

It wasn’t the kind of morning that made you want to break into song. By all rights, the opening of Farm Aid 2000 should have been a jubilant occasion. To commemorate its fifteenth anniversary, the organization was releasing its first CD: Farm Aid: Volume One Live, which feature best of performances by Dave Matthews Band, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Young, Mellencamp and — Farm Aid’s oddest double bill – Beck and Willie Nelson playing “Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia” (the double CD does leave out Guns n’ Roses, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Don Henley and several other alums).

After skipping 1988, ’89 and ’91, and surviving Nelson’s distracting IRS situation, Farm Aid has settled into a well-oiled annual event. Even the weather was perfect. Still, the dark mood persisted. For all the unimpeachable good intentions, some farmers grudgingly admitted that Farm Aid has a long, long way to go.

“It’s pretty bad out there,” said George Naylor, a third-generation corn-an-soybean man from Churdan, Iowa. “A lot of my colleagues are driving trucks.” Others worried that making Farm Aid into an annual event risked afflicting young people with “Compassion fatigue” — becoming sort of like an agricultural Jerry Lewis telethon. Nader wouldn’t hear of it. “Come on” he said, insulted by the idea. “Look at slavery, the women’s movement, civil rights. Don’t do it. Stand up and fight for something.”

In his trailer a few moments before showtime, Nelson pondered the fatigue question. “I don’t even think about that,” he said. “It took longer than fifteen years for the Berlin Wall to come down. We’re not going away ‘win, lose or draw.'”

Half a day later, it was clear that the commitment to what Farm Aid executive director Carolyn Mugar calls “rolling a rock up a hill” had energized the performers. After Arlo Guthrie turned in a rousing set that would have made his father, Woody, proud — he’d earlier said that family farmers had been reduced to “a class of serfs” — things accelerated following workmanlike sets by Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson and Barenaked Ladies. Young re-emerged in a red “STOP FACTORY FARMS Shirt and delivered a kind of modified Crazy Horse set, complete with those staggeringly raunchy guitar solos that drive the guys in Pearl Jam crazy.

As the lat light faded from the sky, Mellencamp finally appeared. His set was all acoustic, including a violin-driven version of “I Saw You First,” sung by Eighties teenpop star Tiffany. Mellencamp was entirely without politics. He didn’t utter a single word about farming.

Fortunately, Young was willing to say enough for everyone. Back onstage with former partners Crosby, Stills and Nash to sing “Marakesh Express,” “Love the One You’re With” and others, he told the cheering crowd, “We need more decisions made at kitchen tables, not boardrooms in New York City or Chicago.”

At press time, the 2000 edition was unable to divulge the evening’s take — in the past, Farm Aid has raised slightly more than $1 per event — though a spokeswoman said there was no reason to expect that the tradition wouldn’t continue. “It looks pretty crowded out there,” she said.

Of course, no Farm Aid performance is complete without a closing set from Willie Nelson and his enormous band, which included Rep. Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, who’s forming a caucus for politicians who play music. Then Nelson announced a special guest. The name Gore echoed through the venue — but it wasn’t Al. Suddenly, Tipper Gore was sitting behind a conga set, jamming along with Willie. Let the record show that the second lady has a find sense of rhythm. “She’s pretty good,” offered Peterson.

As the music wound down, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, a longtime Farm Aid associate, seemed to best sum up the event’s future. “Farm Aid’s got to raise less corn,” he said “and a lot more hell.”
Laying down his guitar, Nelson agreed. “We won’t survive if we don’t” he said. “But we’re stubborn. We’re determined to get things done.

To donate to Farm Aid, or learn more about how they help farmers:

September 17, 2000
Bristow, Virginia

After a successful show at the Nissan Pavilion in 1999, Farm Aid brought its 15th Anniversary show to an enthusiastic audience in Virginia in 2000. Farm Aid 2000 was blessed with a sunny day and a lineup which included Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Arlo Guthrie, Sawyer Brown, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, the Barenaked Ladies and even Tipper Gore on drums with Willie Nelson and Family! The day began with a forum that included farmers and presidential candidates.

Before the concert, Willie Nelson issued a Letter to America urging voters and candidates to remember family farmers on election day. During the concert on CMT: Country Music Television, we aired a piece about the dangers of synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone or rBGH. As always, Farm Aid used the concert as not only entertainment, but also as an opportunity to educate people about important food and farm issues that affect us all.

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Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Micah Nelson, “Rockin’ in the Free World” (Farm Aid 2014)

September 17th, 2014

photo: Mary Francis Andrews


by: Mary Francis Andrews

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

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Neil Young, Farm Aid Press Conference (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/2014)

September 17th, 2014

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Rachel Fowler, Lana Nelson, Annie Nelson (Raleigh, NC)

September 17th, 2014


Photo, thanks to Rachel Fowler

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“Welcome to Farm Aid 2014″ — Willie Nelson

September 17th, 2014

L. Banks


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Willie Nelson: Everything and More, in Pittsburg, PA (9/16/2014)

September 17th, 2014

photo: Bill Wade
by:  Scott Mervi

Sometimes legends disappoint you. Other times they are everything they are advertised to be, and more. That was Willie Nelson Tuesday night at the Benedum.

His first trip into our city limits since he played Heinz Hall 14 years ago brought him back to a theater where fans could savor every precious note.

This legend is 81 years old and, dare I say, still near the height of his powers, with a national treasure of a voice aged like a top-shelf whiskey.

A recent profile of him in Rolling Stone dropped a word — rubato — that may be unfamiliar even to hardcore music fans. It was used by producer Jerry Wexler to describe the rare way he uses meter in his phrasing, comparable to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles (and, I would add, Bob Dylan).

Nobody delivers a lyric quite the same way as Willie — the way he makes it to the end of the line at his own pace — and he’s written many a good one, going back 50 years.

His set list Tuesday was the jukebox from the roadhouse in some honky tonk heaven. Backed by his understated five-piece band — including drummer Paul English using a single snare, sister Bobbie on piano and soulful harp sidekick Michey Raphael — he offered all the poetry, simplicity and authenticity we expect.

When he first arrived on stage, in black T-shirt, jeans and cowboy hat, doing the traditional opening of “Whiskey River,” his Trigger sounded a little funny. That’s his ancient guitar with the hole in it.

It jumped out of the mix sharp and tinny and even sounding slightly out of tune. It was borderline jarringly punk.

As the songs rolled on — “Still is Still Moving to Me,” “Beer for My Horses,” “Good Hearted Woman” — Trigger managed to settle more into flow. Willie is an offbeat, atypical virtuoso, but there are few guitarists who are more direct and expressive with the notes they choose and abrupt changes in volume and tempo.

Although he has a fine new album out in “Band of Brothers,” he didn’t bother with that. It was all classic — “Crazy.” “Nightlife (Ain’t No Good Life,” “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” one stunning song after and another. “Me and Paul,” about his misadventures with his drummer, was rollicking and hilarious. “Always on My Mind” was slow, gorgeous and bittersweet. His lovely take on “Georgia” was perfectly paired with chugging cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s “I Been to Georgia on a Fast

Train.” As usual, he didn’t say much beyond “thank you’s” and band introductions but he was smiling and friendly, and had fun throwing his bandannas out to the crowd.

The climax of the set took him back to his roots with a mix of Hank Williams (“Jambalaya,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” “Move it on Over”) and gospel (“Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I Saw the Light”) with daughter Amy joining on vocals.

There have been a lot of so-called “country” concerts around here this summer. There aren’t many things more real, more American and more good for the soul than a Willie Nelson concert.

Set List

Whiskey River
Still Is Still Moving to Me
Beer for My Horses
Good Hearted Woman
Funny How Time Slips Away
Nightlife (Ain’t No Good Life)
Piano instrumental
Me and Paul
Help Me Make it Through the Night
Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Ed Bruce cover)
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground
On the Road Again
You Were Always On My Mind
Shoeshine Man
I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train
He Can’t Tell Me What To Do
I Never Cared for You
Piano Instrumental
Hey Good Lookin’
Move It on Over
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
I Saw the Light


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Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Farm Aid 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/2014)

September 15th, 2014


Photo:  Janis Tillerson

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