Farm Aid 30 in Chicago (September 19, 2015)

September 19th, 2023


Thanks to Janis Tillerson for her great photos from Farm Aid 30, in Chicago  in 2015.

Kevin Smith

Farm Aid Store

September 19th, 2023

Pete Seeger, Farm Aid 2013, “This Land is Your Land”

September 19th, 2023

“We need to help farmers,” — Willie Nelson

September 19th, 2023

This week marks the anniversary of the inaugural Farm Aid, the concert benefitting struggling farmers across the country. And over 30 years since that first festival, its co-founder Willie Nelson remains just as passionate about the cause.

“When we decided to do the first Farm Aid, the first person I called was Neil Young, asked him if he wanted to come play, [he said], ‘sure.’ John Mellencamp: ‘Sure.’ Everybody that I asked said sure,” Nelson said regarding the first Farm Aid back in 1985. “Musicians know more about what’s going on out there than anybody else, they realize the farmers were in trouble.”

The inaugural Farm Aid succeeded in raising awareness and generating support for struggling American farmers. In the decades since, a diverse range of rockers have taken the Farm Aid stage, with none of them earning any money for their performances.

“Thousands of musicians… over 30 years have played Farm Aid for not one red nickel did they get,” Nelson said. “They pay their own way, pay their own hotel bills, just to show their appreciation for the small family farmer.”

You can watch the full conversation with Willie Nelson on The Big Interview with Dan Rather, available now on the AXS TV website, mobile app, and ConnectedTV platforms.

Farm Aid Heroes

September 19th, 2023

How to Tune In to Farm Aid 2023 (Sat. 9.23.23)

September 18th, 2023

Nora Jones with Willie Nelson & Family (9/17/23)

September 18th, 2023

Farm Aid Video Playlist

September 18th, 2023

Check out our video playlist of performers coming to Farm Aid 2023! #weekendmusic…

Homegrown Concessions at Farm Aid 2023

September 18th, 2023

Willie Nelson at the first Farm Aid 1985

September 17th, 2023
Willie Nelson at Veteran’s Stadium for the first Farm Aid Concert on in Champaign, Illinois. September 22, 1985 (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Farm Aid 2015, guitar picks

September 17th, 2023

More great guitar picks by the late Guthrie Thomas. Still miss him.

Why Give to Farm Aid

September 17th, 2023

Why give to Farm Aid

Farm Aid works tirelessly to connect family farmers with the resources they need and to provide the long-term strategies and solutions that strengthen family farm agriculture. Farm Aid provides emergency assistance when climate disasters strike and advocates for fair farm policies that promote sustainability, equity, resiliency, access and diversity across our food system.

Thanks for joining me by making a donation to support family farmers and ranchers right now.

Stay Strong and Positive,

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Farm Aid 2009 (St. Louis, MO)

September 17th, 2023

Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, “Grave Digger” (Farm Aid 25)

September 17th, 2023

Willie Nelson on Spotify

September 17th, 2023

“Thank you, Spotify, for making Willie the cover of the #GrassRoots and #NewGrass playlists!”

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