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Farm Aid 2015 Concert in Chicago, Illinois (September 19, 2015)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015


Dear Family Farm Supporter,

We’re excited to announce that Farm Aid is bringing our 30th anniversary concert to Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, September 19. Farm Aid 30 comes to FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island to shine a spotlight on the family farmers whose hard work and ingenuity are essential for all of us.

Farm Aid 30 will feature Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson and many more artists. Get the full lineup here.

Farm Aid 30 will be a full day of incredible music, HOMEGROWN Concessions® featuring family farm food, hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village and, of course, family farmers. Don’t miss it!

Ticket Presale Starts Tomorrow

Our ticket presale gives you access to the best seats in the house -before the tickets go on sale to the public. The Farm Aid presale starts tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29 at noon CDT – visit for all the information you need!

Public Ticket Sale

Tickets for Farm Aid 30 go on sale Monday, August 3, at 10 a.m. CDT, at, the venue box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50.

Join us on the #Road2FarmAid

As Farm Aid celebrates 30 years of action to keep family farmers on the land, we want to hear from you. We know that real change happens when we all work together. We have all played an important part in building the Good Food Movement.

Actions that may seem simple can add up to make a big difference. Tell us what you’re doing to make a difference on the #Road2FarmAid and you could win Farm Aid memorabilia and tickets to Farm Aid 30 on September 19.

Bid on Unique Concert Experiences to Support Farm Aid

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from meeting Willie Nelson on his legendary tour bus to joining Farm Aid Board Artists for a concert kick-off event, are available on

Get Connected

For the latest concert updates and information all summer long,  like us on Facebook , and  follow @FarmAid on Twitter and Instagram. Keep an eye out for the Farm Aid 30 app for iPhone and Android, coming soon!

Vegas Hotel fire before Willie Nelson Concert

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
A massive fire erupted Saturday at The Cosmopolitan hotel on the Vegas Strip.

The entire pool area was consumed by flames sending guests scurrying for safety. At least one person has been reported injured.

Willie Nelson is scheduled to perform tomorrow night … no word on whether the fire will have an impact on the show.


Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings in Austin

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
by:  Holly Gleason

It was the old guard and the alt guard—with a couple mainstream icons in Grammy winners Alison Krauss and Lee Ann Womack—at Outlaw, a tribute to Waylon Jennings July 6 at Austin’s Moody Theater. Anchored by Willie Nelson, featuring Kris Kristofferson, Jennings’ widow Jessi Colter, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church and Sturgill Simpson, it was two dozen songs that celebrated the unrepentant spirit of the ultimate “Outlaw.”

From the moment Bobby Bare, his rich baritone landing strong and robust, leaned into a punched-up “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” music—from the Don Was -led all-star band that included Jennings’ drummer Richie Albright and wicked steel guitarist Robbie Turner, as well as Buddy Miller, Mickey Raphael and Matt Rollingswas the driving focus for Keith Wortman and co-musical director Buddy Cannon’s concert to honor the fiercely independent legend.

Son Shooter Jennings covered the wonderful if obscure “Whistlers and Jugglers,” while Colter told a story of writing “Mona” early in their relationship, then challenging him to “really sing it.” Throughout the night, Jennings’ complexities were on display—from the Womack/Miller tenderness on the 1967 hit “Your’s Love” to the feisty “Ain’t Living Long Like This,” delivered with gumption by Nashville outlier Chris Stapleton and his Morgan Hayes.
Musgraves did a sweet take on the heartbroke “Wurlitzer Prize,” Jamey Johnson offered Jennings’ hard-boiled dignity and passion on “Freedom to Stay” and Ryan Bingham dusted off Jennings’ “Rainy Day Woman.” If Colter and Kristofferson’s reprise of her “Storms Never Last” evoked smiles and memories of Jennings’ resilience, it was Krauss who hushed an entire theater with her pure soprano vulnerability on Allen Reynolds’ “Dreamin’ My Dreams.”

Backstage was yet another gathering of tribes. Longtime manager Mark Rothbaum, Jennings’ ICM agent Martha Lattrell, Q Prime’s John Peets, Paradigm’s Bobby Cudd, literary agent Dave Vigliano, Esquire’s Andy Langer, SiriusXM’s Jeremy Tepper and uber-publicist Elaine Shock were there.            

But it was Nelson, Jennings’ most frequent duet partner, who set the tone. After a tender solo take on Rodney Crowell’s “Til I Gain Control Again,” he teamed with Toby Keith for a rollicking “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” then offered a heart-tugging read (with duet partner Stapleton) on Sharon Vaughn’s “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” that illuminated the essence of the Outlaw movement: noble, thoughtful and informed by higher value, it defined Jennings, Nelson and the era.

The icons and heirs merged at set’s end, as Nelson and Kristofferson paired with Shooter and Jamey Johnson (taking Waylon and Johnny Cash’s roles) on the Mount Rushmore all-star #1 from Jimmy Webb, “The Highwayman.”

Jennings was—and remains—a man of many contradictions: fierce, thoughtful, dignified, wild, and especially an appreciator of songs. If the quirky “Take back the cocaine, baby” celebration of “I Can Get Off on You” with Simpson was high-timing and hard-charging, Womack’s slowed-down torch on Billy Joe Shaver’s “Ride Me Down Easy” showed the grace beneath the black leather and the sneer.

Willie Nelson, on guitar, on the 4th of July

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015


photo:  Janis Tillerson

Willie Nelson and Family, “I’ll Fly Away”

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Live at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, Indio, CA, March 9, 2012

Gone to the Lake

Thursday, June 25th, 2015



Family reunion time, we are going to the lake, don’t think they have wi-fi at the cabins, so see you later!

Bob Dylan Covers Willie Nelson, “Sad Songs and Waltzes”

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Thanks so much to bobbobbyjones for uploading his audio recording of Bob Dylan’s haunting cover of Willie Nelson’s, “Sad Songs and Waltzes ” to Youtube. The recording is from Dylan’s June 20th show at Mainz, Zollhafen Nordmole, where Dylan surprised the fans with the song, his first live performance of the song. The song was included on Willie’s Shotgun Willie album, released in 1973. bobbobbyjones said he recorded the song 600 meters from the stage, from a railroad bridge.

Willie Nelson and Family, “All of Me”

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Willie Nelson Set List: Austin Public Radio (February 18, 1996)

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Willie Nelson Setlist Public Radio, Austin, TX, USA 1996


I have no way of confirming this list, but it’s a nice list of songs.

Willie Nelson, ‘Ole Buttermilk Sky’

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Rockstars buck a Coffee Shop #NoMoGMO

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “The Only Man Wilder Than Me”

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
by Wendy Geller

Willie Nelson’s sixth studio album release, Django & Jimmie, set for release June 2, features a very special guest: The legendary singer-songwriter joined forces with longtime friend and collaborator Merle Haggard to reignite the musical chemistry that made the pair’s Pancho & Lefty a honky-tonk blockbuster and America’s No. 1 Country Album following its release in January 1983.

This remarkable new collaboration between country’s landmark outlaws 14 brand-new studio recordings including: “Django and Jimmie,” a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, country music’s mythic “Singing Brakeman”; the reflective and meditative “Live This Long”; “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash,” an homage to country music’s original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; and an interpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look, the pair enter the studio to record “The Only Man Wilder Than Me,” which you’ll only see here on Ram Country.

For more information on the project and to keep up with their schedule, check here.

Music Star Willie Nelson Fans Pick Their Favorites #RollingStone

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

by:  Melinda Newman

If country music had a Mt. Rushmore, Willie Nelson would be one of the first faces carved into its granite walls. Few musicians are as revered by their peers as Nelson for his songwriting, guitar playing, weathered voice and ongoing artistry.

Today, Nelson turns 82, and the icon shows no signs of slowing down. Last week, he announced his own line of marijuana, Willie’s Reserve. In June, he’ll release Django and Jimmie, another duets album with Merle Haggard. (The duo famously first paired up in 1983 forPancho & Lefty.)  One month later, Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic, a tradition he started in 1973, will bring artists like Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Leon Russell and many more to the Austin360 Amphitheater in Dripping Springs, Texas.

In honor of his birthday, Rolling Stone Country asked a number of artists to name their favorite Nelson song. Picking one was a nearly impossible task for most of his disciples, whose selections ranged from the familiar to the obscure.

“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”

Karen Fairchild, Little Big Town: “I heard Chris Stapleton do it in the dressing room on our tour a few weeks ago and it leveled me. Willie’s [version] is obviously the Mack Daddy, but to also hear other singers interpret that song so beautifully [is special]. And, wow, what a lyric, what a melody.”


Chris Stapleton: “Growing up, Willie was a formative artist for me to listen to, and ‘Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground’ is probably one of my favorite songs of all time. It’s a gorgeous song. His performance of it, I’m drawn to it. I will listen to it top to bottom when it’s on.”


Thanks, Willie

Friday, May 1st, 2015

For making City of New Orleans the grammy award winning ’Song of the Year’

For turning a friendship into the #1 hit for Ray Charles, Seven Spanish Angels

For being Willie on your latest single, Forgiving You Was Easyfrom the new studio album, ’Me and Paul’