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.
- B. B. King, “To Know You Is To Love You” B. B. was at the inaugural Farm Aid concert in 1985.
- Loretta Lynn, “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” (with Conway Twitty) Loretta was also at the 1985 concert.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ringo Starr, “Back Off Boogaloo” Ringo is another surprise, but he was there in 1993.
- Dwight Yoakam, “Streets of Bakersfield” (with Buck Owens) Also at Farm Aid in 1993, Dwight keeps the Bakersfield Sound alive.
- John Fogerty, “The Old Man Down The Road” John was there in 1997, which is no surprise at all.
- 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.
- Jerry Lee Lewis, “Boogie Woogie Country Man” Jerry played the concert in 2004.
- 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.