Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews To Appear On ‘At Home With Farm Aid’ COVID Benefit

Pictured (L-R): Willie, Micah, and Lukas Nelson. Photo: Janis Tillerson.

Farm Aid and AXS TV are presenting a special broadcast of At Home With Farm Aid, featuring performances by Farm Aid Board Members Willie NelsonJohn MellencampNeil Young and Dave Matthews, on Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. ET.  The hour-long live event reunites Farm Aid president Nelson, joined by sons Lukas and Micah, with Mellencamp, Young, and Matthews for an intimate performance to raise funds and awareness for farmers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unique concert captures the quartet as they each tune in from their own homes and studios to deliver an unforgettable night of music. At Home With Farm Aid airs as part of AXS TV’s new “@Home And Social” initiative, an ongoing series giving artists a platform to broadcast live performances from their homes and studios directly to their fans, with proceeds supporting those in need from the coronavirus. Viewers can enjoy the simulcast on AXS TV and at farmaid.org, as well as across the network’s various social media platforms.

“The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us. One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, and farmers and ranchers,” said Nelson. “Farm Aid has worked for 35 years to build a family farm centered agricultural system, and we are here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat. The time to build a resilient family farm food system is now!”

Viewers can also relive performances from Nelson, Mellencamp, Young, Matthews and more when AXS TV presents The Best Of Farm Aid 2019 on Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET. The special compiles footage from AXS TV’s live broadcast of the 2019 festival, giving viewers the best seat in the house for hit-packed sets from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo PriceYola and Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, among others, as well as Bonnie Raitt‘s previously-unaired performance of “Devil Got My Woman.”

With COVID-19 presenting farmers across the country with a new set of challenges to overcome, Farm Aid is responding immediately to invest in farmer-led solutions to the COVID-19 crisis, including making emergency grants to farmers and ranchers in need, creating comprehensive resources for farmers, connecting farmers to legal, financial, and mental health support resources, supporting local, state, and national farm organizations, and advocating for COVID-19 recovery funds and resources from the federal government for short-term relief and long-term resilience. To make a donation so that Farm Aid can support and strengthen our farmers, visit farmaid.org/donate.

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