Monday’s Music Moves Me: Farm Aid

This week’s assignment is to deliver a playlist of songs by artists who have appeared at Farm Aid, which started in 1985 and has had a host of musical guests over the years. Here are just a few of them.

  1. B. B. King, “To Know You Is To Love You” B. B. was at the inaugural Farm Aid concert in 1985.
  2. Loretta Lynn, “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” (with Conway Twitty) Loretta was also at the 1985 concert.
  3. Steppenwolf, “Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam” Steppenwolf was at the 1987 concert. Considering that Willie Nelson is one of the organizers of Farm Aid, I thought this song was appropriate.
  4. Elton John, “I’m Still Standing” Elton was there in 1990, which is kind of a surprise. You don’t just put Elton and farmers together.
  5. Ringo Starr, “Back Off Boogaloo” Ringo is another surprise, but he was there in 1993.
  6. Dwight Yoakam, “Streets of Bakersfield” (with Buck Owens) Also at Farm Aid in 1993, Dwight keeps the Bakersfield Sound alive.
  7. John Fogerty, “The Old Man Down The Road” John was there in 1997, which is no surprise at all.
  8. Travis Tritt, “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” One of the roads near us in Cobb County, Georgia is Post Oak Tritt Road. When Mary first heard that, she wondered “what’s a Tritt?” Travis’s family owned a lot of land here, including where we currently live. He’s a graduate of nearby Sprayberry High School, also on what was his family’s land.
  9. Jerry Lee Lewis, “Boogie Woogie Country Man” Jerry played the concert in 2004.
  10. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “St. James Infirmary” The Preservation Hall band played the concert in 2014.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 16, 2019.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

24 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Farm Aid

  1. Elton John? Preservation Hall Jazz Band? Well, why not? We all gotta eat…but yes, I was surprised. The St. James Infirmary was so out of place (?) I loved it! The Loretta Lynn/Conway Twitty duo was funny, and I enjoyed Jerry Lee Lewis’s boogie woogie. Good set!


  2. John,

    Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor. I played your song set this morning while catching up in a bit in Blogosphere. You seemed to pick some that were just purrfect for my listening pleasure for me today with BB King reeling me in from the start. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


  3. To tell you the truth this is definitely my era shhhhhh They really put out some good tunes back then didn’t they? hehehe So all I got to say is go ahead and PRESERVE!!! ~hehehe~ Great job John!


  4. You know you’ll win me over when you sneak Conway in! That song is just a riot and it’s obvious how much fun they had together in general, not just on that one. Oh, his laugh at the end…

    Sorry, he distracts me! Love Dwight’s Streets of Bakersfield too.


  5. If you have to start out with a tune at a not so often Farm Aid concert as soon as they hear any one of these people from BB King OH MY GOSH, He is so the king of soul and blues. I could listen to him all day and some days I do.
    I’m really surprised to hear some of these like Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn they’re too big in name, but they were their just to same & HOLY COW, Dwight Yoakam, (with Buck Owens) at Farm Aid in 1993, Dwight kept the Bakersfield Sound alive, and yes he sure did. Great job my friend… totally fantastic. I’m doing more dancing then cleaning my house hahahahahaha THANKS JOHN! hugs


  6. Great song by B.B.
    I saw Loretta Lynn’s name. When I was 8 I was at her ranch she has still open…she pointed to my mom and me to follow her and we had breakfast with her…just us. Incredibly nice lady.


    1. She certainly seems to be. A lot of country artists come off as very friendly and personable. So, what did you have for breakfast?

      I think the BB song was a single for him in the early ’70’s. I don’t think it crossed over to the Hot 100; I heard it on an R&B station in the Chicago area back then. I don’t think he played it in concert too frequently.

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      1. You know what? I do remember it for some reason…bacon and eggs are for certain…the rest I couldn’t tell you.

        With him playing and singing…he can make anything sound alive.

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  7. I have to say that Loretta Lynn song made me laugh. I am not a fav of her or Conway Twitty though. I love the other songs and am surprised Steppenwolf and Elton John were there but good for them as it is for a worthy cause

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