Farm Aid 2019: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Margo Price, Tanya Tucker & more (pics, video)
Willie Nelson scared many fans a few months ago when he cancelled a series of shows due to flu-like symptoms. It seemed quite possible that he’d miss his first Farm Aid ever, but he walked onstage at the end of the night with Micah and Lukas along with his longtime band and burst into “Whiskey River” looking pretty spry, all things considered. The set list didn’t have a lot of surprises, but he allowed Lukas to handle lead vocals on “Texas Flood” and their voices blended together beautifully for many of the other songs, especially “Still Is Still Moving to Me.” Neil Young came out near the end to join them for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I Saw the Light,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and others. It was almost a note-for-note recreation of many Farm Aid finales of the past, but even the muddiest fans at the back of the lawn didn’t seem to care and joyfully sang along with every word. [Rolling Stone]
The 2019 edition of Farm Aid happened on Saturday (9/21) at East Troy, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theater, the second time the event has been held in the state in its 34-year history. While it was plagued by rain and mud this year, the marathon day included sets from Willie Nelson and Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Yola, Tanya Tucker, Jamestown Revival, Particle Kid, and Ian Mellencamp. Check out pictures in the gallery above, and watch video footage of Willie’s full set, guests included, below.
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