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Farm Aid 2018 [no label, 1CD]

Farm Aid 33. XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, CT; September 22, 2018. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Brian Ives, theboot.com:

“It’s been 33 years and things still aren’t perfect,” Willie Nelson said during a press conference preceding Farm Aid 2018 on Saturday (September 22) at the XFINITY Center in Hartford, CT. “So, we’ll do this until they are.”

It was an understatement by Nelson: Things are far from perfect for family farmers. Throughout the day, in addition to performances from the festival’s stacked lineup, the audience learned about the importance of supporting local farm, and also about the hardships that non-corporate farmers face via a series of speakers and mini-documentaries.

If Nelson held back a bit during the press conference, his fellow Farm Aid founders - Neil Young and John Mellencamp - did not. Mellencamp referred to President Trump as a “madman,” and encouraged everyone to “f–kin’ vote!” in the midterms. He didn’t only take aim at Republicans, though: “I’m not proud to say I’m a liberal,” he said. “‘Cause liberals are a bunch of cowards!”

Young also referenced Trump during the press conference, calling him “that d–khead in the White House.” He said, “If you believe in Trump, vote for Trump. But if you don’t believe in Trump, vote him out!”

Once the performances started, most artists stayed on message, referencing farming more specifically and avoiding discussion the Commander-In-Chief. Solo acoustic artist Ian Mellencamp (nephew of John) opened the show, followed by psych-folk band Particle Kid (led by Micah Nelson, son of Willie), then Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, whose leader is a powerful artist, equally comfortable as a frontman and a sideman (the band later returned to the stage to back Young). While you can hear echoes of his famous father in his singing voice, Lukas’ guitar playing is much more influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Neil Young.

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Track 01. introduction by Neil Young 1:10
Track 02. Whiskey River 2:18
Track 03. Still Is Still Moving to Me 3:24
Track 04. Good Hearted Woman (Waylon Jennings cover) 5:48
Track 05. Texas Flood (Larry Davis cover featuring Lukas Nelson on vocals) 8:07
Track 06. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Ed Bruce cover) 3:08
Track 07. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground 4:05
Track 08. On the Road Again 2:27
Track 09. Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover) 3:48
Track 10. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (Hank Williams cover) 2:31
Track 11. Hey Good Lookin’/Move It On Over (Hank Williams covers) 4:06
Track 12. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (traditional)/I’ll Fly Away (Albert E Brumley cover) 7:17
with Neil Young, Margo Price and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats)
49 mins

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  1. 2 Responses to “WILLIE NELSON - FARM AID 2018”

  2. Rumor has it Willie gots a Big Un

    By U L E on May 27, 2023

  3. Sounds like hes saying willie gots a big willy

    By Troy on May 29, 2023

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