Music legends Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and Neil Young reunite to help Farm Aid fulfill its mission to help farm families in crisis and grow good food via the Farm AID 2016 concert which will air on AXS TV on March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/7PT. The special was filmed live in Bristow, Virginia at Jiffy Lube Live last September and features a sweet blend of established favorites and up-and-coming artists who are lending their voices to raise awareness about American farming families and the good food they grow.
Standout performances in the star-studded lineup include Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson playing his smash hits “On the Road Again” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” a Nelson/Neil Young duet of “Are There Any More Real Cowboys” as well as Young’s touching number “Human Highway.” John Mellencamp gets rowdy with “Lawless Times” and “Stones in My Passway” and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds treat viewers to an acoustic set featuring “Don’t Drink the Water” and cherished patriotic song, “This Land is Your Land.”
Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and more acts hit the stage to entertain listeners in the name of the cause. The AXS TV broadcast will highlight aspects of Farm Aid 2016 which engage and educate concert-goers in agricultural culture. AXS TV special viewers will be invited to join the artists and upport farmers by making a donation to Farm Aid, with a chance to receive an exclusive Farm Aid t-shirt.
Willie Nelson founded Farm Aid in 1985 to raise awareness about the devastating loss of family farms across America and to raise money to help keep farm families on the land. To date, Farm Aid has raised more than 50 million dollars to help achieve its mission. Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Willie Nelson are four prominent members on Farm Aid’s board. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and B.B. King are just some of the myriad of iconic music artists who have supported Farm Aid through the years.
Nelson talks about the ongoing importance of Farm Aid’s mission in a poignant quote on the website, “After 30 years, we are still here, you're still here, and together we're still fighting for the farmers. The fight ain't over yet but we're gaining on those suckers, so stay with us."
You can find out more about donating to Farm Aid via the charity’s official website.
Tune in to the Farm Aid 2016 concert special on Sunday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/7PT on AXS TV.