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“Willie Nelson really is a revolutionary” — Dave Matthews

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Fenway Park
by:  Patrick Doyle

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On September 13th, Farm Aid is returning to Raleigh, North Carolina. Dave Matthews first played the event in 1995 and now sits on its board of directors alongside Willie NelsonNeil Young and John Mellencamp. Matthews spoke with Rolling Stone for our Nelson cover story, on stands now. We edited Matthews’ words into an appreciation of one of his favorite songwriters that covers weed, why he likes Nelson’s version of “Gravedigger” more than his own and why he considers Nelson a folk hero.

The first time we did Farm Aid, I think in 1995, I remember seeing Willie Nelson on the side of the stage, and he was signing autographs or saying hello to fans for the longest time. I thought it was amazing how after all those years being a legendary songwriter and a performer in his own right – and being an advocate for labor and for farmers – that he is really just those things because that’s who he is. He has no ambitions for politics or power. He’s just genuinely a folk hero. He genuinely has concern for the people around and the people that know him. The more you know him, the more he’s like that. He has written so many profound songs that I think there are sort of two different people, at least. The one that is this amazing contributor to the history of American music but then also this voice for the people.

I don’t know if I have a favorite Willie story; a lot of times they’re too X-rated. I wonder if he would say, “Hey man, don’t give my jokes away to Rolling Stone.” I remember the first time that I met him, the band and I got on his bus and he started rolling joints and passing them around the bus. And at some point, I got this sort of warm dull hum in my head I think everybody was sharing. We’d been chattering, and I don’t know how many joints had been going around the bus, but he raised his hand and said, “Is everybody high?” And then everyone laughed. It was a great moment.

“I don’t know if I have a favorite Willie story; a lot of times they’re too X-rated.”

I had to go from there to do a whole bunch of Farm Aid press, and I was just useless. I don’t know if I’m any better ever [when I do press], but I just remember I couldn’t be more stoned than I was. I just remember Willie going, “Is everybody high?” Every time I go to visit my mom, who is a huge Willie Nelson fan – as much for the person as for his music – there’s a photograph that we took on the bus and he just looks as bright-eyed as ever, but the rest of us just look as if we are so fucking high. But my mom proudly displays this photo of me cross-eyed on Willie’s bus.

He has so many great lines. He’s not at all on a high horse about his political beliefs. It’s not boring to listen to him talk about what he believes. At Farm Aid, in respect to the corporate invasion of farming and the poisonous method of modern farming, he said, “We’re not happy until you’re not happy.” Anytime I’m sitting in a room with him, I’m sitting in awe. When you meet him, like when he said hello to my mom once, you just walk away feeling like you’re worth it, like you matter and that he’s not just blowing smoke up your ass. Which is not the case often with people that are in a position like his.

He really is revolutionary and I wish more people would pay attention to things he says and be a little more cynical of the people in power in this country and a little more cynical of corporate influence and the almighty dollar. I wish we’d look a little further into what really makes this country great. I think that if we don’t fight for it the way Willie has spent the majority of his life fighting for it, we’re gonna lose this country to a bunch of money. Although you can make a lot of money, if that’s all it’s about, then we’ll lose everything that’s worth it, and we go up our fundamental orifice.

“Crazy” is one of my favorite songs; I lifted the phrasing of the first line for “Crush.” That was not as great a song as “Crazy,” but I just loved it. I also couldn’t believe his version of “Gravedigger.” I felt really good about it when I wrote it. When I found out he was going to sing that on his record, it was maybe one of the highest points of my life. Now, whenever I sing that song, I’ve kind of turned the phrase to favor his version of it over mine. I don’t know if it’s ever noticeable, but there are a couple moments when I try to emulate him more than I do me.

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Farm Aid 2014, Raleigh, NC (Sept. 13, 2014)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014



Chance of a lifetime!  See these four amazing artists in concert!

Farm Aid 2014
September 13, 2014
Raleigh, NC

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Farm Aid, September 13, 2014 (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Get ready to see Willie, Neil, John and Dave in Raleigh on September 13! Pre-sale tickets go on sale at noon EDT today!

Mark your calendars! Farm Aid — September 13, 2014

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Less than two months until these guys rock Farm Aid 2014! Get ready!

Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Pete Seeger, Farm Aid 2013 (Sarasota Springs, NY) (9/21/13)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We are so blessed to have had Pete Seeger's presence on the Farm Aid 2013 stage. Rest in peace, Pete Seeger. Thank you for your tireless fight for peace, justice and the planet, and for your music.

“We are so blessed to have had Pete Seeger’s presence on the Farm Aid 2013 stage. Rest in peace, Pete Seeger. Thank you for your tireless fight for peace, justice and the planet, and for your music.”

— Farm Aid

“Willie Nelson is bringing sexy back.” — Dave Matthews

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Fenway Park



“This is a song by a friend of mine, who is also my hero — Willie Nelson.” — Dave Matthews (4/21/02)

“We have to be active about kindness and about peace.” — Dave Matthews

Monday, October 14th, 2013


Farm Aid 2013 (Press Conference) (9/21/13) Saratoga Springs, NY

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

More great photos taken by Mary Francis Andrews at Farm Aid, in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. These are from the press conference before the show.

photo: Mary Francis Andrews


photo: Mary Francis Andrews

Pete Seeger and friends, Farm Aid 2013 “This Land is Your Land” (Saratoga Springs, NY) (9/21/13)

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

photo:  Mary Francis Andrews

Pete Seeger made a surprise visit to Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, and invited the Farm Aid Board Members on stage to sing “This Land is Your Land”, including a new verse (“New York is meant to be frack  free”).

Thanks to photographer and friend Mary Francis Andrews for sharing her great photos with us here.

photo: Mary Francis Andrews

photo: Mary Francis Andrews


“Willie Nelson is bringing sexy back” — Dave Matthews

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Farm Aid 2009


Farm Aid Board Members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews

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Farm Aid Board Member Dave Mathews and his Band featured on Sirius/XM Radio September 1, 2012 (Yeah, that’s tomorrow)

Friday, August 31st, 2012


SiriusXM presents Dave  Matthews Band Radio, a special limited-run channel for the month of  September, to celebrate the band’s upcoming eighth studio album, Away  From the World. The channel will launch with an exclusive live  broadcast of the Dave Matthews Band concert from the historic Gorge  Amphitheatre in Washington State on Saturday, September 1 at 11pm ET,  which will be rebroadcast throughout the month.

Dave Matthews Band  Radio will feature music, interviews and live recordings from the band’s  archives. Listeners will also hear a special album preview in which the  band members personally introduce each song on the new album — scheduled to be released on September 11 — and share their stories  about the songs, each other and their 20-year career on the  road.

For more information  on Dave Matthews Band Radio, visit
For more information  on Dave Matthews Band, visit

Dave Matthews announces Farm Aid 2012 in Hershey Pennsylvania

Monday, July 9th, 2012
by:  John J. Moser

Farm Aid, the annual blockbuster fund-raising concert that for 27 years has raised money to support struggling farmers, announced today that its 2012 edition will be in Pennsylvania, it was just announced.

Farm Aid 2012 will be held Sept. 22 at Hersheypark Stadium, featuring Willie Nelson and fellow board Farm Aid members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Willie Nelson

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. July 13 at,, Ticketmaster outlets, the GIANT Center Box Office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $35.75 to $99.75. For venue information, visit

Tickets will be available to Farm Aid members July 10. To become a Farm Aid member, go to

“We’ve built a strong family farm movement to grow our economy, ensure our health and protect our environment,” Willie Nelson, who is Farm Aid’s president, said in  statement. “Farm Aid brings these Main Street values to transform the Wall Street-controlled farm and food system.

“The Farm Aid concert is our chance to shine a spotlight on the independent family farmers who are essential to the well-being of our country.”

Dave MatthewsIn addition to music and food, the concert will feature the organization’s Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions — family farm-identified, local and organic foods. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village also will give concertgoers a chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

“Our country faces pressing challenges, and none of them will be solved without family farmers,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “The Farm Aid concert brings farmers and eaters together to grow the kind of agriculture that builds stronger communities and a healthier food system. This year, we look forward to celebrating the ingenuity of farmers from Pennsylvania and all across the United States.”

Farm Aid has a rich history in Pennsylvania. Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and organizers in the state who are growing the Good Food Movement, including innovators at the forefront of the organic and the Buy Fresh Buy Local movements.

This is the second Farm Aid concert in Pennsylvania. It was held near Pittsburgh in Burgettstown in 2002. Farm Aid 2006 was held in Camden, N.J., in 2006.

For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (, or go to

Happy Birthday, Dave Matthews

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds perform “Save Me” at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City on August 13, 2011. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

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