Lots of fun new Willie Nelson & Family souvenirs at www.WillieNelson.com
Lots of fun new Willie Nelson & Family souvenirs at www.WillieNelson.com
by: Lauren Passell
Willie Nelson, Casting Crowns and ZZ Top will be performing at the Bell County Expo Center as part of a 30th anniversary concert series, officials announced Wednesday.
Nelson will perform on March 11, Casting Crowns on April 22, and ZZ Top on May 20.
Ticket sales for Willie Nelson start at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2.
Tickets for all shows will be $30.
by: Andrew Leahey
Last year, Chris Stapleton hit the CMA stage with Justin Timberlake, turning a seemingly unlikely pairing into two slam-dunk performances that kicked his solo career into high gear. Once a respected cult figure who made a living writing songs for bigger artists, Stapleton has since become one of the genre’s top-sellers.
It’s fitting, then, that Stapleton’s return to the CMA Awards found him sharing verses with another larger-than-life heavyweight. This time, he took the stage alongside Dwight Yoakam, delivering a faithful version of the Willie Nelson and Ray Charles duet “Seven Spanish Angels” with help from Stapleton’s band – including Morgane Stapleton, Mickey Raphael, Robbie Turner and producer Dave Cobb – and a multi-piece brass section.
Yoakam’s voice, which blanketed the country radio airwaves during the Eighties and early Nineties, still swoons and croons, sounding remarkably unchanged by years of continued touring. Even so, it was Male Vocalist of the Year winner Stapleton’s roar that stole the show, with one ad libbed exclamation – “Well, well, well!” – giving the song an extra boost of momentum during its final chorus.
Photos: Michael Vujovich from Music Festival at at Chillocothe, IL
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 their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $33 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 their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by:
Farm Aid stages America’s longest running annual concert event that unites farmers, artists, consumers, and concerned citizens to build a powerful movement for good food from family farms. Throughout the year, Farm Aid promotes food from family farms through inspiring and informative television, radio, mail, and web campaigns.
The Good Food Movement is growing the number of Americans reaching for and demanding family farm-identified, local, organic or humanely-raised food. Farm Aid grants build connections between farmers and consumers creating new markets for family farmers.
Through 1-800-FARM-AID and www.farmaid.org, Farm Aid staff refers farmers to an extensive resource network of family farm organizations across the country. The referrals support farmers seeking to make transitions to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and also provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Farm Aid makes grants to farm and rural service organizations to strengthen this network of resources for farmers.
Farm Aid works with and provides grants to local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm centered agriculture. By strengthening the voices of family farmers themselves, Farm Aid stands up for the most resourceful, heroic Americans–the family farmers who work the land.
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photo: Brian Bruner
by: Mike Snider
BRISTOW, Va. — Willie Nelson and his Farm Aid family still have work to do.
The 83-year-old country music legend closed an impassioned 11-hour concert here Saturday in revivalist fashion with a stage full of musicians including Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Dave Matthews, all singing gospel standard Amazing Grace and Hank Williams’ I Saw the Light.
This marked the 31st year of the annual benefit, which over the years has raised more than $50 million to help family farmers. With the growth of organic farming and consumer interest in the local food movement, Nelson says he has seen progress in recent years.
Now we can get (food) from our organic farmer friends next door,” Nelson said during a pre-concert press conference. “So there is good news out there. Farmers have begun to realize that we can do this.”
Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young started Farm Aid in 1985, and held the first benefit in Champaign, Il. This year’s event, held 35 miles west of Washington, D.C., drew about 20,000. Concessions included pork chop sandwiches from Missouri and shrimp and grits from North Carolina. Attendees could visit exhibits to learn how to shop for local food and how to raise it.
Among the speakers, Chris Bradshaw, founder of Washington-based Dreaming Out Loud, told how its community-run organic urban garden serves to organize neighbors and break down class, race and gender barriers. “Farm Aid brings people together,” he said.
Over the years, Nelson & Co. have harvested new artists for the shows. Country singer-songwriter Margo Price — a Farm Aid first-timer — offered a powerful, personal performance, noting that her songs Hands of Time and newly written Heart of America were inspired by her family’s loss of its farm. “It’s something I’ve always been very passionate about and I saw how it affected my family and my community,” she said.
Fellow country singer-songwriter, Sturgill Simpson, also appearing in his first Farm Aid, delivered a rocking set, supported by an energetic eight-piece band complete with horns and a synthesizer.
Two other Farm Aid newcomers, retro-soul ensemble Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Alabama Shakes, led by expressive front woman Brittany Howard, each cultivated updated riffs on blues, soul and rock.
Krauss played fiddle and sang with Johnson, appearing at his ninth Farm Aid, on several songs including In Color, which invokes Depression-era farm struggles, and a slowed-down version of Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.
Mellencamp performed several poignant songs including Rain On the Scarecrow, which is about banks foreclosing on farms in the 1980s. “I grew up in a small town and … I didn’t understand why these little towns were going away,” he said. “I think It was Willie who told me, ‘Follow the family farmer and you will see the future of America.’ ”
Before Nelson closed the show, Young fired off a thundering rendition of Rockin’ in the Free World. “There’s a revolution starting,” Young told the crowd. “With people like you we’re going to make it.”
Bristow, Va. — Recognizing that severe economic conditions threaten commodity farmers across the country, Farm Aid 2016, which took place today at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, emphasized how collaboration and innovative problem-solving can strengthen food systems and family farmer livelihoods.
The annual music and food festival celebrating family farmers brought 20,000 fans together just outside the nation’s capital to celebrate ground-breaking, cooperative approaches to overcoming barriers to a family farm system of agriculture. At the same time, as dairy farmers and other commodity producers struggle with the consequences of record low prices, Farm Aid says family farmers need a broad coalition of partners to stand with them and collaborate to surmount the many obstacles that are forcing them off the land.
“The first Farm Aid sparked a 31-year effort to put power back into the hands of family farmers and all of us who eat,” said Willie Nelson, president and founder of Farm Aid. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s clear we aren’t done yet. Family farmers still aren’t getting a fair shake. We need to keep coming together to help each other and find solutions.”
Farm Aid’s day-long festival kicked off with local Virginia and Washington, D.C., farmers joining Farm Aid board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews in a conversation from the Farm Aid stage about community partnerships that are changing the food landscape. The partnerships go beyond farmers’ markets and local restaurants, crossing sectors, towns and generations. Speakers discussed collaborations that include growing new food economies in Appalachia with food hubs; addressing diet-related diseases with good food solutions like Fresh Farmacy; and revitalizing disadvantaged urban neighborhoods through community gardens. First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and Deb Eschmeyer, the White House’s executive director of Let’s Move!, joined everyone on stage to talk about the power of each of us to grow a strong, healthy farm and food system.
“We see invigorated local economies and stronger communities when family farmers thrive,” said Farm Aid executive director Carolyn Mugar. “Together, farmers and eaters have the power to bring equity and fairness to our farm and food system, to protect our soil and water, and to make sure that everyone has access to fresh, healthy foods.”
Farm Aid 2016 featured performances by Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews — who performed with Tim Reynolds — as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson with special guest appearance by Alison Krauss, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots, Ian Mellencamp and Star Swain.
Concertgoers found inspiration in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, which featured 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. Some of the workshops included transforming hemp into paper, seed saving and composting.
The concert was broadcast live at farmaid.org and on SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (59).
Sponsors of Farm Aid 2016 include Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Prairie Organic, Horizon Organic, HimalaSalt, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Applegate Farms, and Organic Valley. Media partners include The Washington Post, which hosted the FarmYard Stage, iHeartMedia and On Tap Magazine.
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $50 million to help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
[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.
One legend pays tribute to another on Willie Nelson’s new album For The Good Times, a collection of country classics made famous by the late Ray Price. Today we’re happy to present one of those covers. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me” is a weepy, string-laden shuffle that communicates more pain and beauty in under three minutes than most musicians can muster in an entire career. Nelson briefly played in Price’s backing band, the Cherokee Cowboys, and his reverence for the man’s music shines through in this performance.
1. “Heartaches by the Number (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
2. “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
3. “Faded Love”
4. “It Always Will Be”
5. “City Lights (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
6. “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me(featuring the Time Jumpers)”
7. “Make the World Go Away”
8. “I’m Still Not Over You”
9. “Night Life”
10. “Crazy Arms (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
11. “Invitation to the Blues (featuring the Time Jumpers)”
12. “For The Good Times”
Willie Nelson created this video to his recording of the Tom T. Hall’s song, on his computer. It makes me feel good every time I watch it. Johnny Knoxville likes it too.
Here is my entry for the BEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME.
It’s Willie Nelson’s latest called “Shoeshine Man.” It’s basically Willie sitting in front of his computer singing the song while playing with the Photo Booth application … and it’s hilarious.
Written, produced, edited, directed, smoked, and starring Mr. Willie Nelson himself in what could have been no longer than 20 minutes, this video is more entertaining than those that cost millions. It’s simplicity and sheer nuttiness had me and everyone else in jackassworld howling like silly kids the whole time we were watching it. I bet I showed it to 30 people yesterday and I want to show it you today.
Here is my hero (and everyone else’s) Willie Nelson with his video that is so technologically advanced it’s obscene to be believed. This is “Shoeshine Man.”