September 27, 2008 – 4:50 am

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Farm Aid 2008 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts, September 20, 2008. TV HD broadcast.

With ordinary Americans unhappy over the way Wall Street is currently asking for a massive bailout, one can easily add Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson to that list. Since Farm Aid began in 1985, Nelson and his group of friends, who include John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, have been tirelessly working to raise money for family farmers in the United States. For more than 20 years, Farm Aid is all but ignored by the US government. But along come the banksters and the entire US government bends over backwards to save the rich.

In response to the proposed US$700 billion Wall Street bailout, Farm Aid has issued an open letter to Congress: “The proposed $700 billion bailout asks taxpayers to foot the bill without giving them the opportunity to share in any gains that might result… On the other hand, a $1 billion investment in family farm agriculture would enrich all of us, because we are all shareholders of the family farm. The return on investment in the family farm includes thriving local economies, nutritious food for better health, a safer and more secure food supply, a cleaner environment and more renewable energy.” Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to help family farmers.

And so, Willie Nelson stoicly soldiers on, calling this year’s Farm Aid concert “the best ever.”

Thanks to edtyre for recording and sharing this show on the internet.

According to The Providence Journal, “Jerry Lee Lewis is just short of 73; he shuffled onto the stage, pudgy and gray-haired, and wasted momentum waiting out a TV commercial before starting. None of it mattered. Blowing through full-speed-ahead versions of classics such as Roll Over Beethoven, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On and Great Balls of Fire, and adding in the country ballad You Win Again…”

With a new lineup, The Pretenders might have played some classic oldies but they still showcased some new tracks from their forthcoming album, Break Up The
Concrete, and singer Chrissie Hynde even slipped in a line about “doing everything we can to see the abolition of factory farms and slaughterhouses.”

And The Providence Journal has the last word on Willie Nelson. “Farm Aid patriarch Willie Nelson closed the 23rd edition of the benefit concert, the first in New England, at the sold-out Comcast Center with a short set that included hits such as Whiskey River and Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys and Nelson’s familiar well-worn, comfortable takes on his own material, making even the vigilante justice of Beer For My Horses seem amiable. His inimitable lead guitar, on an acoustic guitar so worn it has a hole in it, was as usual part of the deal.”

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Jerry Lee Lewis
Track 01. Roll Over Beethoven
Track 02. You Win Again
Track 03. Don’t Want to Be Lonely
Track 04. Before the Night Is Over
Track 05. Whole Lotta Shakin Going On
Track 06. Great Balls Of Fire

The Pretenders
Track 07. Boots of Chinese Plastic
Track 08. Don’t Cut Your Hair
Track 09. Talk Of The Town
Track 10. Rosalee
Track 11. Back On The Chain Gang
Track 12. Love’s A Mystery
Track 13. Thumbelina

Willie Nelson
Track 14. Whiskey River
Track 15. Still Is Still Moving To Me
Track 16. Beer For My Horses
Track 17. Funny How Time Slips Away
Track 18. Crazy > Night Life
Track 19. Down Yonder
Track 20. Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Track 21. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
Track 22. On The Road Again

Visit Farm Aid if you feel inspired to help out.

  1. 4 Responses to “ONCE AGAIN WE ALL HAVE TO HELP THE RICH… *&%$”

  2. Oh, great God, THANK you for posting the Willie tune; “Beer For My Horses” !!! I watched the Farm Aid show on Direct TV & dug that song so much. The whole show was wicked good too, but in particular that one number was worth the price of a ticket.

    By Timmy on Sep 27, 2008

  3. Thank you so much for what you give us.
    would it be greedy to ask what happened to the Arlo Guthrie set?

    By Mike on Sep 29, 2008

  4. its official, i’m an idiot

    By brettt on Oct 16, 2008

  5. Just wondering how I can secure a copy of Rosalee by the Pretenders here. I saw the video and it was amazing. If I can’t have the DVD of it, I’ll very well settle for the CD.

    Does Anyone know where I can get it?

    Thanks so much.

    By JameskLogue on Nov 19, 2011

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