Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler, Farm Aid 25 (Milwaukee, WI) (October 2, 2005)

Monday, October 26th, 2020
Throwback to Farm Aid's 25th anniversary at @millerpark in Milwaukee when very special surprise guest #Steven Tyler joined @willienelsonofficial on stage! #tbt Steven Tyler was a surprise guest at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee in 2010. Willie and Steven sang, “One Time Too Many” together.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Farm Aid (October 4, 2009)

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

Farm Aid’s Sustainable Sourcing

Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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by: Thom Duffy

“We educated ourselves about how cotton is grown and the environmental impacts of GMO [genetically modified] cotton,” says Farm Aid’s Glenda Yoder.

For over three decades, Willie Nelson’s annual all-star Farm Aid concerts have raised money—$60 million to date—for year-round efforts to support family farmers and their communities and to protect the soil and water farmers rely upon.

On Sept. 26, Farm Aid marks its 35th anniversary with its first online festival and an all-star lineup, including Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt & Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and more.

The event through the years has become a national gathering place for activists involved in food policy, social and racial justice and the fight against climate change, as well as thousands of music fans. How the organization sources its merchandise matches its mission, according to Farm Aid associate director Glenda Yoder and cause marketing manager Lauren Cotnoir. Their experience offers lessons in how any artist, manager or promoter can responsibly source t-shirts and other concert garb.

“We began with that,” says Yoder. “We educated ourselves about how cotton is grown and the environmental impacts of GMO [genetically modified] cotton.” In the mid `90s, she went on a tour of abandoned cotton fields where non-sustainable growing practices had prevailed for years. Continues Yoder, “I was just shocked to see these vast wastelands in California that had been ruined by cotton production. The land was salinated, so it had this kind of whitish dust on it, and nothing can grow there again.”

When the outdoor clothing company Patagonia announced in 1996 it would sell only merchandise made from 100% organic cotton, Farm Aid followed suit. With most organic cotton now grown in Texas (Nelson’s home state), Yoder visited the Texas Organic Marketing Cooperative based in Lubbock. She now calls them “at least once a year to chat with them about growing conditions, what their crop is like, who’s buying their stuff, that kind of thing.” Farm Aid, like other companies, has rejected non-organic cotton that requires extensive use of synthetic fertilizers, soil additives, defoliants and other chemicals that despoil the land.

As much as possible, Farm Aid seeks domestic cotton supplies, but it must also use sources worldwide. And with the off-shoring of the textile industry in recent decades, Farm Aid merchandise, including items made of hemp fibers or polyester, is often manufactured overseas. “But Farm Aid’s effort,” says Yoder, “is to make sure the product itself—whether it’s cotton or hemp, or recycled polyester fiber—has a great supply chain story, so that we’re using material that does not harm the environment and, in fact, helps to remedy” environmental damage. A global resource for companies and consumers is The Textile Exchange.

Monitoring the labor conditions involved in creating merchandise is part of the supply chain story for Farm Aid. In addition to labor, “we want to emphasize a fair price,” says Cotnoir. This applies to all points of contact throughout the process including the individuals involved in growing the cotton, manufacturing, creating the designs and printing the final product.

Farm Aid collaborates with Rick Roth of Mirror Image, a unionized screenprinting company in Pawtucket, RI (a city with a rich textile manufacturing history). Roth “keeps tabs on which of the companies are doing organic T-shirts and where they come from,” says Yoder. “So he knows our criteria.” Most recently, to manufacture merchandise that meets its standards for social and environmental responsibility, Farm Aid has contracted with companies including Allmade Apparel. This year, Allmade has supported Farm Aid with a wholesale price break, reports Cotnoir.

In addition to clothing, Farm Aid offers merchandise to promote its mission after the festival. Reusable branded water bottles help reduce plastic pollution—as does another popular merch item. “We always have a tote bag, which is kind of a carry-all,” says Yoder. “It’s part of encouraging fans to go to farmers markets.”

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Phish at Farm Aid (Oct. 3, 1998)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
by: Dave Melamed

On October 3, 1998, Phish joined forces with Neil Young for an extended sit-in at Farm Aid which also featured a sit-in on “Moonlight in Vermont” from Willie Nelson and late-night bandleader Paul Schaffer. After a few original songs, Young made his first appearance with the band after “Runaway Jim” segued into “Arc” in the first set. Phish and Neil Young then played “Down By The River”, before the guest-filled “Moonlight in Vermont” came next.

Young stayed on for the remainder of the show, joining Phish on renditions of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Uncloudy Day”.

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Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Farm Aid 2020

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and more performed for Farm Aid 2020 on Saturday. The long-running benefit concert supporting family farmers led by Nelson, Young and others took to an On The Road Livestream format due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Dave Matthews was the first Farm Aid board member to perform on Saturday. Dave got his solo acoustic performance from Virginia underway with the classic “Don’t Drink The Water.” Dave then addressed the internet audience and spoke briefly about new music he was making with DMB drummer Carter Beauford and also talked about the importance of farmers and Farm Aid.

Matthews then prefaced the song “Rye Whiskey” by saying, “Rye is a thing that people grow. And some of that rye gets turned in to whiskey. Funny enough I should say that because last night I might of possibly had a little too much of it.” Matthews also said he first heard the song from the legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger. After “Rye Whiskey,” Dave delivered another classic in “Grey Street” and closed out his set with the relatively new song, “Shadows On The Wall.”

Brandi Carlile also performed alongside her bandmates Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth. The trio delivered some gorgeous harmonies on “The Eye.” Brandi then wrapped up her performance solo (kind of) with “The Mother.” Next, Neil Young would kick off his solo acoustic performance from his own barnyard to an audience of ducks and chickens with a trio of farm-themed songs in “Field Of Opportunity,” “Homegrown” and “Harvest.” Young wrapped up his set with a pair of classics “Old Man” — after which Neil remarked “the chickens really liked that one” with cinematographer Daryl Hannah concurring — and “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.”

Willie Nelson would perform toward the end of the stream after his sons’ bands Particle Kid and Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real played. His sons Micah and Lukas joined him for a set dubbed Willie Nelson & The Boys which kicked off with the oh so Willie song, “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die,” with The Boys adding backing vocals on the number. Micah then led the band through “I Thought About You, Lord” with Willie delivering some classical guitar his iconic ax Trigger. Lukas then led the way on “Hands On The Wheel” ahead of the set closer, the classic “On The Road Again.”

The livestream also saw performances from John Mellencamp, Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton, Jack Johnson, Jon Batiste, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones, The War And Treaty and more.

Farm Aid 35 Tonight

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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by: Jack Fordyce

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Farm Aid V (March 14, 1992) (Irving, Texas)

Friday, September 25th, 2020
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Thanks to Janis Tillerson, for sharing a photo of her ticket from Farm Aid V , Irving, TX, March 14, 1992.

Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome (April 7, 1990) (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Friday, September 25th, 2020

[Thanks to Phil Weisman for this cool Heartland Newspaper, with Farm Aid IV headlines.]

Willie Nelson will be joined by over 30 performers and entertainers for Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome on April 7.  Their efforts will address the needs of the American farm family.

“Still is Still Moving to Me”, Willie Nelson (Farm Aid 30)

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Farm Aid Heroes

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Friday, September 25th, 2020