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When Abraham Lincoln formed the US Department of Agriculture in 1862 he referred to it as the “People’s Department” because it served the common interest of so many Americans. America’s concerns about food and the economy were addressed and investments in cutting-edge research guaranteed the nation’s food security.
In the 1980s, American farmers found themselves in a fight for their lives. Low prices for farm products, plummeting land values, rising interest rates, and skyrocketing production costs overloaded farmers with crashing debts that forced tens of thousands to lose their land. In response, the Credit Act of 1987 freed up credit for farmers and allowed for loan restructuring so farmers could honor their debt. Farmers were able to stay on their land and create a thriving network of local and regional food systems that provides jobs and food for their neighbors today.
Yet again farmers are faced with seemingly insurmountable financial hardship. The credit farmers need in order to pay for their seasonal start-up costs is tight, like credit is for the rest of the country. Instability in market prices and threats from weather-related disasters make it hard for banks to guarantee their investment, discouraging lending and encouraging high interest. At the same time, rising operating costs and declining prices for their products are making it nearly impossible for farmers to keep up with their debt. Many farmers have to put their homes up as security on their farm loans, which means if they fall behind on their farm loan payments they can lose their businesses and their homes.
The USDA, with help from other agencies, should restore fair credit, prices, and practices for family farmers. As Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes plans to implement the 2008 Farm Bill, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner would be well served to consider lessons from the 1980s and extend loan protections under the federal bailout to family farmers, preventing home foreclosures and bankruptcy among farmers and ranchers. As a condition of receiving any federal government funds, Treasury needs to require banks providing farm credit to restructure loans when farmers are unable to make payments due to circumstances beyond their control, such as market- and weather-related disasters. Requiring no additional funding, this simple action would prevent thousands of farmers from joining the ranks of the jobless and homeless while guaranteeing a safe, secure food supply and creating local job opportunities.
Vilsack can also act quickly to get funds to farmers who need it most. Farmers who were hit hard by disasters in 2007 and 2008 still have not received the funding available in Farm Bill disaster relief programs. And the USDA needs to get the word out fast about additional funding for direct operating loans that Congress included in the stimulus bill. If farmers are having trouble accessing the credit they need for this year’s growing season, the Farm Service Agency might just be able to help. Swift implementation of already enacted legislation can mean the difference between losing more farmers and keeping those farmers on the land.
Family farmers are a national resource with the potential to help solve the challenges we currently face. The agriculture sector is projected to have contributed more than $130 billion to the US economy in 2008. The hard work of family farmers is strengthening local economies, reducing the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels, protecting natural resources, and increasing national security. The United States is re-laying the groundwork of its economic stability, and family farmers are the key to a strong foundation.
Neil Young, along with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, is a board member of Farm Aid (farmaid.org).
Organized by musicians Neil Young and Pegi Young, the Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual, all acoustic, non-profit charity event held every October at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. All proceeds directly benefit the operations of The Bridge School.
The Bridge School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies. The Bridge School is an internationally recognized leader in the education of children who use augmentative and alternative communication and has developed unique programs and trained highly skilled professionals in the use of state of the art assistive technology.
The first concert was held October 13, 1986 and, with the exception of 1987- the year the educational program was launched- it has become a highly anticipated Bay Area favorite.
NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL – “Neighborhood”
Thrasher’s Wheat is a great, informative blog for Neil Young fans, with concert and album updates, reviews, analysis, and other Rock & Roll ramblings. “Separating the wheat from the chaff since 1996.”
Micah Nelson wrote this moving letter in response to a letter written by a Muslim-American fan to express his concerns about the lyrics to Neil Young’s song, “Neighborhood”. Rabih Hamzeh posted his “Open Letter to Neil Young on the YouTube page comments,
Micah Nelson responded and reached out:
As a member of Neil Young’s band (I’m the guy in the video playing guitar on the right) and his close friend I can assure you the sentiment of his song “Terrorist Suicide Hanggliders” is not what you’ve interpreted. The song is calling out the hypocrisy of the prejudice people here in our country, mainly Trump supporters who can’t tell the difference between an innocent Muslim man and a terrorist. The song is a critique of shallow, narrow-minded viewpoints that sadly pervade our culture.
The character in the song is not “Neil”. Neil is playing a character in the song, representing the racism and fear-based thinking that exists in America today. Neil plays other characters in his songs quite often to paint a picture of an opposing viewpoint while remaining detached from the perspective itself. Take a look at the verses of “Rocking in the Free World” for instance:
We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores
and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes
for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people,
says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn,
got roads to drive.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world!
Much of that song is satire as well. Neil drives an electric car that he built and is a major advocate for alternative renewable energies and sustainable fuels.
Clearly these lyrics are an ironic statement designed to make people think more critically, or even just to think at all. Take the new verse he added about a year ago:
Got a water cannon for the standing man
Got misinformation from the corporation
In the endless search for a drop of oil
People’s lives get shattered while we suck it from the soil
Gotta show the children
We just don’t care
So we keep on burnin’ it
And put it in the air
Keep on rockin in the free world!
Look especially at the line “Gotta show the children/We just don’t care/So we keep on burnin’ it/And put it in the air”. Obviously Neil cares way more than most people about keeping oil in the ground for the sake of our children and the welfare of the Earth! So you see, it is simply an artistic statement, a powerful tool to present these views in a satirical way and expose them for how horrible they are.
I hope that helps clear things up for you. Neil Young is an artist who has nothing against you or any Muslim people.
Neil is one of the most outspoken people I know against people who hate others for reasons they don’t understand. This song is intended to call bullshit on ignorant people who blindly follow fear-mongering in the established media, but just like most great art, it can be interpreted subjectively. I just want you to know that hating on Muslims is not Neil’s intention — it is in fact the opposite.
Neil loves you and is fighting with you against the contagious disease of hate.
Cheers, ~ Micah
Neil Young, with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will play Australian Byron Bay Bluesfest (April 14, 2017)Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Yes, it is true and we are delighted to announce that on Friday 14th of April 2017 Neil Young + Promise of the Real will play a three hour set at Bluesfest Byron Bay.
They join the illustrious names already on the bill including Santana, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige, Buddy Guy (exclusive), The Doobie Brothers and many more.
This announcement proves that we are bringing together a line-up of artists that is on par with major festivals anywhere in the world & it’s all happening right here, in Australia in the beautiful shire of Byron Bay.
For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged concert, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) and their band. They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson and Young on previous occasions and wowed Bluesfest with their exceptional sets this year.
Patti Smith and her Band perform Horses Corinne Bailey Rae Mavis Staples (exclusive) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Snarky Puppy St. Paul & The Broken Bones Andrew Bird Gallant The Strumbellas Dumpstaphunk The Suffers Nikki Hill Irish Mythen Neil Young + Promise of the Real Mary J. Blige The Lumineers Bonnie Raitt Mavis Staples (exclusive) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Rickie Lee Jones Gregory Porter Snarky Puppy Michael Kiwanuka Roy Ayers Joan Osborne Gallant The Strumbellas Dumpstaphunk The Suffers Nikki Hill Doobie Brothers Zac Brown Band Buddy Guy (exclusive) Corinne Bailey Rae Billy Bragg Rickie Lee Jones Gregory Porter St. Paul & The Broken Bones Beth Hart (exclusive) Roy Ayers Joan Osborne Nahko and Medicine for the People Turin Brakes Jake Shimabukuro Nikki Hill Irish Mythen Santana Buddy Guy (exclusive) Mavis Staples (exclusive) Jethro Tull Laura Mvula Booker T. presents The Stax Records Revue Turin Brakes Jake Shimabukuro Dumpstaphunk The Suffers Nikki Hill Irish Mythen Zac Brown Band Mavis Staples (exclusive) St. Paul & The Broken Bones Beth Hart (exclusive) Laura Mvula Booker T. presents The Stax Records Revue Nahko and Medicine for the People Dumpstaphunk The Suffers
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The day-long festival, a late addition to the local venue’s calendar, had a little something for everybody as Lee Ann Womack, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Sheryl Crow, and Scranton’s own Cabinet filled the bill. Performances on the second stage included an acoustic set by Lukas Nelson and local artists, including members of Cabinet playing the music of John Prine, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams.
Young, the now 70-year-old rocker, took the stage just before 7 p.m. for a lovely solo rendition of “Heart of Gold,” accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica.
He then brought out his latest collaborators, Promise of the Real featuring Willie’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, for acoustic favorites “Out on the Weekend,” “Unknown Legend,” “Human Highway” with gorgeous four-part harmonies, “Harvest Moon,” and “Hold Back the Tears.”
Young then picked up his electric guitar and a multi-page setlist, tossed the papers to the floor, and started into “Powderfinger” from 1979’s “Rust Never Sleeps.”
Following that same album’s “Welfare Mothers,” Young and his cohorts then played a stunning, 11-minute “Cowgirl in the Sand.” The harmonies were back for 1969’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” the title track of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s second album.
Several minutes of instrumental buildup turned into a nearly-20-minute version of “Cortez the Killer,” followed by an equally outstanding take of “Fuckin’ Up” from the 1990 album “Ragged Glory,” his sixth LP with Crazy Horse.
Young and POTR then tore the roof off with a combustible “Rockin’ in the Free World,” complete with two false endings and some standout guitar work by Lukas Nelson.
photo: Jason Riedmiller
Willie Nelson, listed as curator of the Outlaw gathering, closed out the festival just one day after his closing set at the 31st Farm Aid in Bristow, Virginia.
Taking the stage with his Family and his ever-faithful guitar Trigger, the elder Nelson, now 83 and still showing no signs of slowing down, somehow managed to fit 19 songs into his hour-long set.
The early going was familiar to everyone who has seen Willie over the past few years, as he began with “Whiskey River,” “Still Is Still Moving to Me,” and “Beer for My Horses.”
Nelson then paid tribute to another musical outlaw, the late Waylon Jennings, with “Good Hearted Woman” and the chart-topping Waylon and Willie duet “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”
Even though the selection was fully expected, Nelson’s version of “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” was especially good at the Outlaw, with his guitar playing nearly matching his heartfelt vocals.
After more of the usual suspects, such as “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind,” Nelson paid tribute to Hank Williams (on the day after what would have been his 83rd birthday) with spirited versions of “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” “Hey Good Lookin’,” and “Move It on Over.”
Mickey Raphael, Willie’s longtime harmonica player and right-hand man, sparkled on “Georgia on My Mind,” while Willie dug just a little bit deeper for a nice version of “Bloody Mary Morning.”
He then honored the late Merle Haggard with the duo’s “It’s All Going to Pot” and the late Ray Price with “Heartaches by the Number” before treating the crowd to the “new gospel” number “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” which featured some great background vocals by sons Lukas and Micah.
Nelson then closed the show with a medley of actual gospel tunes “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but here’s hoping the Outlaw Music Festival becomes an annual event on Montage Mountain.
At some point during Neil Young’s Farm Aid set every year, he says, “Let’s get Willie out here. Is Willie back there? Willie are you back there?” This year, they sang “Are There Any More Real Cowboys.”
Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and two-time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Neil Young will visit Telluride, Colorado to play back-to-back shows, September 30th and October 1st, at the new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park. Young will be joined on stage for his sets by Promise of the Real. These once-in-a-lifetime shows will mark the first-ever slated performances from Neil Young in Telluride, Colorado. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the world. For complete concert information, visit www.NeilYoungTelluride.com
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will play back-to-back shows in Telluride, Colorado this September 30th and October 1st. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the world. Get your once-in-a-lifetime tickets today and be a part of music history.