Friday, April 10, 2020

Virtual Farm Aid live concert to feature Neil Young, John Mellencamp and more

photo: Marc Hauser

Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are teaming up to raise funds for US family farmers during the global health crisis with a live stream concert event, “At Home With Farm Aid.”

Hosted by Nelson and his sons, Lukas and Micah, the Saturday, April 11 hour-long live stream via and AXS TV broadcast (starting at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT) will feature each of the players as they dial in from their own homes and studios to deliver unique live performances.

For more than three decades, Farm Aid has worked diligently to build a dynamic family farm-centered agricultural system benefiting farms both big and small. Now, with COVID-19 presenting farmers across America with a new set of challenges to overcome, Farm Aid is responding immediately to invest in farmer-led solutions to the COVID-19 crisis; make emergency grants to farmers and ranchers in need; create comprehensive resources for farmers; connect farmers to legal, financial, and mental health support resources; support local, state, and national farm organizations; and advocate for COVID-19 recovery funds and resources from the federal government for short-term relief and long-term resilience.

“The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us,” says Nelson. “One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, and farmers and ranchers.

“Farm Aid has worked for 35 years to build a family farm centered agricultural system, and we are here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat. The time to build a resilient family farm food system is now!”

To make a donation so that Farm Aid can support and strengthen farmers, please visit

AXS-TV is also airing a “Best Of Farm Aid 2019” special on Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Young recently launched a live video series from isolation during the coronavirus pandemic; “Fireside Sessions” sees the singer performing a number of classic and rare tracks for fans.

The rocker will issue his shelved 1975 record, “Homegrown”, on April 18 as part of an extensive series of 2020 archival album releases.
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