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Neil Young at Farm Aid 2017: “America Is Already Great, We Don’t Need to Apologize”

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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by:  Brian Josephs

Willie Nelson’s annual Farm Aid benefit concert took place last Saturday and once again featured longtime co-headliners Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young. The year’s benefit, the 32nd edition, carried darker political overtones with major hurricanes sweeping through the land and Donald Trump’s aggressive immigrant policies in mind. In a preconcert press conference held onstage, Young made a comment that seemed to rebuke Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan.

“America is already great,” Young said, according to Billboard. “We don’t need to apologize. We don’t need to feel bad.”

Young has mainly steered away from political comments during his fairly eventful past couple of months, which included the release of his long lost 1976 album Hitchhiker finally saw a public release earlier this month.

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

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

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Dave Matthews

Thank you, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Who's ready to see the Farm Aid Board of Directors hit the stage?! ?After the amazing @jackjohnson and @sherylcrow, Dave will hit the stage at 7:25pm. Watch all the action at farmaid.org

Micah Nelson with Neil Young #FarmAid2017

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Neil Young/Micah Nelson

Thanks, Rand Synderman

Farm Aid Heroes

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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

photo:  Brian Bruner

Great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America since 1985 #FarmAid2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land.

Farm Aid accomplishes its mission by:

Promoting Food from Family Farms

We know that to keep family farmers on the land we have to increase the number of people buying their good food. From our annual concert event that features family farm food and unites farmers, artists, and concerned citizens, to our inspiring and informative tv, radio, mail and web campaigns (including our HOMEGROWN.org website), we are building a powerful movement for good food from family farms.

Growing the Good Food Movement

In order for family farmers to thrive we have to create more markets for them, giving more people the opportunity to access family farm food. Farm Aid fosters connections between farmers and eaters by growing and strengthening local and regional markets and working to get family farm food in urban neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other public institutions.

Helping Farmers Thrive

Since 1985, Farm Aid has answered 1-800-FARM-AID to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Now Farm Aid’s online Farmer Resource Network connects farmers to an extensive network of organizations across the country that help farmers find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.

Taking Action to Change the System

Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture.We’ve worked side-by-side with farmers to protest factory farms and inform farmers and eaters about issues like genetically modified food and growth hormones. By strengthening the voices of family farmers, Farm Aid stands up for the people upon whom we all depend. Farm Aid’s Action Center allows concerned citizens to become advocates for farm policy change.

Learn More

“The revolution starts with us.” — Neil Young

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from Farm Aid co-founder and board member Neil Young.

New Neil Young and Promise of the Real video

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

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by:  Daniel Kreps

Neil Young and Promise of the Real have unveiled the video for their surprise new song “Children of Destiny.”

The video, directed by Young’s Shakey Pictures, combines footage of recent large-scale protests alongside patriotic imagery like children waving American flags and Fourth of July cookouts.

“Preserve the land and save the seas for the children of destiny / The children of you and me,” Young sings on the track. “Stand up for what you believe / Resist the powers that be / Preserve the ways of democracy so the children can be free.”

Young recorded the song at Hollywood, California’s famed Capitol Studios alongside his frequent collaborators Promise of the Real – featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson – and a 56-piece orchestra; in total, 62 musicians played on the track.

The rocker and Micah Nelson announced “Children of Destiny” in a celebratory Facebook Live video.

“Children of Destiny” is available to purchase or stream at all major digital retailers and streaming sites. It’s unclear whether the song is a one-off single or part of a larger project.

 

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Famous Guitars

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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by:  Ron Denny

Like Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat or Jerry Garcia’s custom–built Wolf, there are some vintage guitars that are so closely identified with their legendary owner’s sound and personality that they’ve reached a sort of celebrity status.

Most of the guitars in this league could easily fetch five to six figures at auction, or enjoy a quiet retirement behind a display case in a museum.

But there are some iconic guitars that remain in the hands of the musicians that made them famous. So we wanted to take an opportunity to look at some such instruments that are still going strong, still at home in the studio, and never afraid of the rigors of the road.


Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”

Nelson’s battered and heavily scarred ’69 Martin N–20 is one of the most recognizable guitars on the planet.

Willie Nelson with “Trigger”

Nelson purchased it in 1969 after a drunk guy stumbled into his Guild acoustic guitar onstage and destroyed it. The then–struggling singer/songwriter fell in love with the nylon–stringed N–20’s Django Reinhardt–like gypsy tone. It was the new sound Nelson was looking for to jumpstart his career.

Named after Roy Rogers’s horse and closest companion, Trigger, Nelson’s Martin N–20 has become a symbol of his storied career. That’s the euphemistic way of saying that it has a lot of wear to show for all of those years of hard work.

The famous hole on Trigger between its bridge and sound hole is the result of over 40 years of hard strumming and guitar pick damage. Like all nylon–stringed guitars, the N–20 didn’t come with a pickguard, since it’s meant to be fingerpicked. Trigger is also covered with countless autographs from fellow musicians and friends.

Trigger and Willie Nelson are inseparable. And after nearly 50 years together, Nelson has said that if Trigger ever goes, he’ll probably hang it up, too.


Neil Young’s “Old Black” and “Hank”

If Willie Nelson’s Trigger is the world’s most recognized guitar, Neil Young’s “Old Black” ’53 Les Paul probably ranks second. It was traded to Young by Buffalo Springfield bandmate Jim Messina in 1968 for a Gretsch 6120. By the time Young got it, the goldtop Gibson had already been painted black, modified, and plenty dinged up.

Neil Young with “Old Black”

For Neil Young, it was love at first sight.

He first used Old Black on his 1969 breakout album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. With its crunchy and ragged signature tone, Neil has played that beat–up Les Paul on virtually every album and at every concert for nearly 50 years.

There have been numerous modifications made to Old Black over the years: a Bigsby was added, it’s on its fourth bridge pickup (currently an early ’70s Gibson Firebird mini humbucker), the P90 neck pickup had a metal cover added, and the original plastic pickguard was replaced with a metal one that enhances Young’s legendary feedback.

But Old Black isn’t the only guitar that Neil is known for. He’s also famous for being the current caretaker of Hank Williams Sr.’s 1941 Martin D–41. There are a host of rumors about how it got from Hank to Neil, but it has been one of Young’s main studio and road acoustic guitars for over 30 years.

This is the acoustic Young plays in the Neil Young: Heart of Gold documentary, directed by the late Jonathan Demme.

Neil Young performs “Heart of Gold” with “Hank”

Williams’s old Martin even inspired Young to write “This Old Guitar,” a song on his Prairie Wind album featuring the loving tribute, “The more I play it, the better it sounds / It cries when I leave it alone.”

Read about all the guitars:
https://reverb.com/news/5-famous-vintage-guitars-still-earning-their-keep-on-the-road

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Farm Aid 1997

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Willie Nelson with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “All Along the Watchtower” (Farm Aid 1994)

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Neil Young

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, “Heart of Gold” (Farm Aid 1995)

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017