The annual Farm Aid concert went down in Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend, featuring performances by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow and more.
This year’s concert aimed to highlight the struggles farmers are dealing with. During the concert, Crow told the crowd, “This is literally my favorite event,’ noting Farm Aid is the concert that most speaks “to where I’m from. I feel incredibly humbled to be included.” Margo Price also made the audience aware of how what they do plays a role in farmer’s lives. “The average consumer may not feel very powerful. But every time you scan food at the supermarket, you are voting — you are voting for local or non-local, for organic or non-organic,” she said. “And there’s power in where we put our money. If Neil was here, he would say, if you see a farmer’s market, stop and pull over and support them. So that is what I’m trying to do.”
The Neil she was referring to was Farm Aid board member Neil Young, who for the second year in a row skipped the event because of COVID.
- As for Willie’s set, he treated the audience to such songs as “Whiskey River,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” “On the Road Again,” “Always On My Mind,” “Good Hearted Woman, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and more.
- As it usually does, the concert ended with Willie inviting the other artists on stage “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and he also covered Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re Perfect In Every Way).”