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Farm Aid 2017

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of artists, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on the land. Farm Aid is an all-day festival that brings together incredible music, good food and hands-on activities to get folks in touch with the roots of our food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to take part in the Good Food Movement. text

Farm Aid 2017 brought more than 23,000 fans together in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the success and ingenuity of Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia farmers. Recognizing that the hard work of family farmers and their allies is revitalizing local economies and bringing rural and urban people together, Farm Aid 2017 highlighted the great promise of farmers and the food they produce to grow strong communities.

The music on the stage featured Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, along with Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson and many more.

“We’ve been inspired by the hard work of rural and urban people here who are digging in and creating real change. They’re examples of many thousands of farmers across the country who are innovative and resilient, finding ways to stay on the land and make us strong.” — Willie Nelson
Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, inspired festivalgoers with hands-on activities that gave them a chance to dig in 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. In the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent, attendees had the opportunity to engage with food, farming and crafting.

See more photos and videos, and learn how you can support Family Farmers.

Opening ceremony, Farm Aid 2017, Burgettstown, PA (9/16/2017)

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Thanks, Janis from Texas, from photos from the opening ceremony at Farm Aid 2017, with Willie Nelson, and Wisdom Indian Dancers.


Lukas Nelson and Margo Price #FarmAid2017

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Thank you, Janis Tillerson, for your great photos of Lukas and Margo from the Farm Aid 2017 concert.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats #FarmAid2017

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Thanks so much to Janis Tillerson for her photos from Farm Aid 2017, and these of Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats.  Janis is one of my dear friends who help tell the story of the Farm Aid concert through pictures and stories.  And she is such an amazing photographer.

This is the second year for Nathaniel and his Denver-based band to play the Farm Aid concert in support of Family Farmers and the clean food movement.

We can support Farm Aid like Nathaniel, learn about Farm Aid’s great work and support family farmers at:

Supporting family farmers and Farm Aid: A Family Tradition

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Thanks so much to Alice from Atlanta for sharing these photos from the Farm Aid concert. Every year, several Farm Aid supporters, music lovers, friends and Willie Nelson fans join me at Farm Aid, and help share the experience through photos and stories. I couldn’t make it this year, but they are sending me photos and stories to share with all of us. Alice always takes really cool photos of some of the cool tee-shirts at the concert. People wear their coolest tee-shirts to the Farm Aid concert.

Hi Linda,

As I was wandering around trying to find interesting t-shirts, I found this father, Jason, and his son, Tucker.  Jason told me that 15 years ago, in 2002, he and his wife attended their first Farm Aid concert, which coincidentally was also held in Burgettstown, Pa.

One year later, his 3 month old son Tucker attended his first Farm Aid!

He said to me:  “You do the math!”  😉

Since then, they have attended every Farm Aid that they could.  This year was Jason’s 9th Farm Aid and Tucker’s 8th!

What a wonderful family tradition!


Willie Nelson #FarmAid2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017


Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds #FarmAid2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Jamey Johnson #FarmAid2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Thanks, Janis Tillerson, for more great photos from Farm Aid 2017, including these from Jamey Johnson’s set.

Farm Aid ’17 Rocks Pittsburgh

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

by:  Greg Dugan
See more great photos here.  

There were several activities and booths for fans to get more information about family farming and to purchase homegrown food.  Actually, the majority of the concession stands had homegrown food choices and homemade condiments.

Another cool thing was the “Zero Waste Stations” that were around the concession stands.  Volunteers helped fans recycle their bottles and compost their unused food and containers.  There really isn’t a reason why this shouldn’t be done for every concert at every venue.  Imagine how much waste could be saved with a little effort?

The event started with a press conference which had Farm Aid’s Board of Directors which includes Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews along with other artists and local farmers speak about their mission.

The concert started a little after 12:30 and featured some up and coming acts such as The Blackwood Quartet, Insects vs. Robots, Valerie June and Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real.  All of these acts got to perform three or four songs of original material.  Lukas Nelson was the real standout from this group and he is a great guitarist.  He was definitely more of a rocker and I look forward to seeing him in the future.

Blackberry Smoke made their first appearance at Farm Aid and made a great impression.  These southern rockers played a nice five song set that featured the rocking “Six Ways To Sunday” the laid back “One Horse Town” and closed with the great “Ain’t Much Left of Me.”   If you enjoy southern rock, you have to check these guys out.  They are one of the best bands out there.

Jamey Johnson was the next artist to take the stage.  Johnson decided to pay tribute to several acts by playing six cover songs.  Opening up with a great version of The Band’s “Cripple Creek”  Johnson and his great backing band played two Don Williams songs “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” and “Til The Rivers All Run Dry.”  Johnson had one of the early highlights by playing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” which included the verse that Guthrie originally omitted.  He closed his set with Jerry Reed’s “East Down and Bound.”

Next on deck was Margo Price.  Price played a good five song set of traditional country music.  Songs like “Weakness,” “Paper Cowboy” and “Hurtin (On The Bottle)”  all hit the mark.  I expect big things from her in the coming years.

Denver based band Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats really got things rockin’ with their two man horn section and upbeat songs.   Audience members were up and dancing to tunes like “I Need Never Get Old” and “Out On The Weekend.”  Familiar drinking song and gold award winning record “S.O.B.”  seemed to resonate with this crowd as everyone clapped along.  What a fun band to watch.

Another fun band that continued to rock out were The Avett Brothers.  This band is part Americana, part bluegrass, part folk and part indie rock.  One thing for sure is that is band is all fun.  The band features a banjo, fiddle, cello, bass, guitar and drums and all members seem to be in constant motion.  At one point, Seth Avett jumped into the photographers pit to get closer to the people in the front row.  This entertaining band played a seven song set that included “Laundry Room,” “Ain’t No Man” and “Slight Figure of Speech.”

Jack Johnson opened his set with a song he wrote last year.  Willie Nelson told him all great songs have three chords and the truth.  Well, Johnson said that this song had three chords and was absolutely true.  He then went into “Willie Got Me Stoned And Took All My Money” which is pretty self-explanatory.  Johnson then brought out his band and they launched into “Good People.”  Johnson also brought out Sheryl Crow to help him sing Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”  He then played his own song “Bubble Toes.”  Then the Avett Brothers came out and jam on the final two songs including the set closing “Better Together.”

As the evening wore on, the acts got bigger.  Next up was multi-platinum selling and nine time Grammy winning artist Sheryl Crow.  Crow opened up by playing an acoustic guitar on “Everyday Is A Winding Road” and then switching to keyboards on “My Favorite Mistake.”  Crow still has a fantastic voice and is easy on the eyes.  She brought out Margo Price and turned “Strong Enough” into a nice duet.  After “If It Makes You Happy” Crow said “I have so many friend here, it would be silly if I didn’t bring some out.  I’m gonna bring out Lukas Nelson, and let’s bring out Lukas’ dad.”  When Willie Nelson took the stage and brought out his guitar “Trigger,”  the place erupted!  Also joining Crow were Jack Johnson and Margo Price.  They decided to pay tribute to Gregg Allman by playing “Midnight Rider.”  It was the defining moment of the show.  It raised the hair on my arms when Willie sang the line “they’re not gonna catch me no, not gonna catch the midnight rider.”  It was one of the best concert moments that I have ever witnessed.

Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews along with guitarist Tim Reynolds took the stage to play an inspired acoustic set.  Opening with some fancy guitar work, the duo went into “Don’t Drink The Water” and segued into “Satellite.”  Dave and Tim really play well together and the guys got things rocking with a great version of “What Would You Say.”  They finished up their seven song set with “Warehouse” and “Crush.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Farm Aid co-founder John Mellencamp was next to perform.  Fresh off his successful Sad Clowns and Hillbillies Tour, Mellencamp and his band sounded fantastic.  Opening the show with “Lawless Times” the band hit this home grown crowd with the anthem “Small Town” for their second song.  Mellencamp stated that they would be playing “some songs you know and some songs you don’t know.”  His cover of Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway” and his most recent single “Easy Target” might have been a songs the audience didn’t know.  However, every other song he played in his nine song set got people up on their feet and dancing.  A great acoustic version of “Jack and Diane” became a massive sing-along, even though the audience messed up the second verse.  The appropo “Rain On The Scarecrow” made it’s way into the set and Mellencamp closed the party with “Crumblin’ Down” and “Pink Houses.”  Ain’t that America indeed.

Making his first live appearance of 2017, Neil Young + Promise of the Real was the most anticipated act of the day.  With Neil Young, you never know what you’re gonna get.  Will he play his grungy stuff or will he play his acoustic stuff?   Just to be sure, the stage was littered with various guitars and even a pump organ was brought out just in case Young wanted to wander over and give it a whirl.

These questions were quickly answered when the opening chords of “Fuckin’ Up” were played on Young’s classic black Les Paul.  The first three songs in the set were from Young’s electric band, Crazy Horse and the crowd responded enthusiastically.  A phenomenal version of “Cortez The Killer” and “Cinnamon Girl” got the crowd on their feet.

Young switched things up as an acoustic guitar and harmonica were brought out for him to play “Human Highway” the classic “Heart of Gold” and “Comes A Time.”

Things went electric again as the band powered through “Like A Hurricane” and the set closing “Rockin’ In The Free World.”

It was a great performance by a legendary artist.

Finally, the headliner and president of Farm Aid Willie Nelson and his friends took the stage to close this incredible day of music.  His eleven song set featured his classics “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” and of course “On The Road Again.”  A few cover tunes were thrown in for good measure as well:  Toby Keith’s “Beer For My Horses,” Waylon Jennings “Good Hearted Woman,” and Hank Williams “I Saw The Light” all made the setlist.

It was an incredible day of food, farming and music.

Here’s to Farm Aid 2018!

Farm Aid Turns 32

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
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Farm Aid

Today is Farm Aid’s 32nd birthday!

As Willie Nelson has said, after all these year, “…we are still here, you’re still here, and together we’re still fighting for the farmers. The fight ain’t over yet…so stay with us.”

This day in Willie Nelson History: Farm Aid 2013

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Willie Nelson at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Pete Seeger made an appearance, his last public performance, and led the Farm Aid Board Members and the Farm Aid crowd with, “This Land is Your Land”.

John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Pege Seeger, Dave Matthews, Neil Young at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Farm Aid 2013


Willie Nelson at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow #FarmAid2017

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Mickey Raphael, Margo Price, Kevin Black #FarmAid2017

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Mickey Raphael set in with Margo Price and her band at the Farm Aid concert in Pennsylvania.

Thank you, Janis Tillerson, for your great photos from Farm Aid 2017, in Burgettstown, PA.


Jack Johnson with Lukas Nelson, “Wasting Time” #FarmAid2017

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Lukas Nelson, #FarmAid2017

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Some #WednesdayWisdom from Lukas Nelson, @lukasnelsonofficial.