Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow Join Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid in Raleigh – Billboard


Willie Nelson’s annual Farm Help competition, going down Sept. 24 in Raleigh, N.C. and specializing in local weather resilient agriculture, will characteristic Chris Stapleton and Sheryl Crow, along side Farm Help board participants Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Margo Value. Further acts on the Coastal Credit score Union Track Park at Walnut Creek will come with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night time Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Actual, Allison Russell, Charley Crockett, Brittney Spencer and Particle Child.


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Absent from the competition degree for the second one consecutive 12 months can be Farm Help board member Neil Younger, who not too long ago answered to a fan’s letter on his web site, declaring: “I will be able to no longer be at Farmaid this 12 months. I'm really not able for that but. I don’t suppose it's secure within the pandemic. I leave out it very a lot.” Younger cited COVID-19 considerations in sitting out the 2021 competition in Hartford, Conn.. In 2020, Farm Help used to be offered on-line.

Even if Farm Help had no additional touch upon Younger’s choice, he used to be no longer integrated within the lineup published these days (July 26). The group notes it's “staying up to the moment on the most recent CDC steering and trade absolute best practices to restrict the transmission of COVID-19. Farm Help is taking quite a lot of precautions, together with enhanced sanitation protocols and streamlined operations to forestall useless crowding. Farm Help will track the location carefully and can replace protocols as warranted main as much as the competition.”

Farm Help tickets will move on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. ET, at A restricted collection of pre-sale tickets can be to be had starting at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27, at

Match updates can be posted on Twitter (@FarmAid), Fb ( and Instagram (, and at The group is selling use of the hashtags #FarmAid2022 and #Road2FarmAid on social media.

The competition’s go back to the Raleigh amphitheater, the place it prior to now used to be staged in 2014, “will show off how farmers are main the best way to mitigate local weather trade through sharing their tales at the Farm Help degree and all through the development,” the group introduced.

“I’ve all the time mentioned that circle of relatives farmers reinforce us all,” mentioned Nelson in a remark. “Farmers in North Carolina, around the Southeast, and far and wide the rustic are rising answers to our hardest demanding situations, together with local weather trade. We’re bringing Farm Help right here to focus on their exhausting paintings and have fun the techniques we will be able to all sign up for farmers to lend a hand.”

In a novel instance of a musician’s dedication to a motive, Nelson has maintained his center of attention on supporting The usa’s circle of relatives farmers throughout 4 a long time, since launching Farm Help in 1985.  

Since 1985, with the improve of artists who give a contribution their performances, the group has raised greater than $64 million to improve methods that lend a hand circle of relatives farmers thrive. Farm Help year-round takes motion to shift the country clear of commercial agriculture and to increase the markets for meals from circle of relatives farms.

Excluding its hours of serious track, Farm Help is an annual amassing position for activists concerned within the Excellent Meals Motion and similar considerations with social justice and the surroundings. Attendees could have get admission to to Homegrown Concessions, Farm Help’s trademarked menu of meals produced through circle of relatives farmers, the use of ecological practices, with an even worth paid to the farmers. A portion of the Walnut Creek amphitheater web page can be put aside for Homegrown Village, that includes actions to focus on problems round soil, water, power, meals and farming. 

Farm Help is definitely situated to focus on the significance of farming to its host state of North Carolina. The group notes that agriculture generates $92.7 billion once a year and employs 17.5% of the state’s staff (greater than 700,000 jobs). It's house to 41,500 farms and farmland makes up greater than 8.3 million acres of the state, with direct to client gross sales “developing the basis for a colourful native meals gadget,” in line with Farm Help’s competition announcement.

And but, the announcement continues, “around the state, local weather trade has a substantial affect — particularly on communities of colour, rural communities and the ones operating in agriculture. North Carolina farmers are imposing tactics to mitigate local weather trade, together with planting plants to hide soil between rising seasons, rotating plants, decreasing soil tillage, integrating farm animals and crop manufacturing, elevating pastured farm animals, and bettering soil and water control.”

For the second one consecutive 12 months, the rustic way of life community Circle — a partnership of Grey Tv and the Opry Leisure Staff, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Homes, Inc. — would be the unique broadcast spouse of Farm Help, and also will elevate protection on its Fb, Twitter and TikTok pages. The competition additionally will air survive and the group’s YouTube channel. Farm Help’s sponsors this 12 months come with Patagonia Workwear and DISH Community.

“Far and wide we move, we pay attention from festival-goers that there’s not anything fairly just like the Farm Help enjoy,” Farm Help government director Carolyn Mugar says in a remark. “Farmers and eaters are impressed and empowered on the intersection of track and circle of relatives farm meals to improve the supply of our meals — circle of relatives famers — and to enroll in farmers in preventing for our soil and water. We will be able to have fun the circle of relatives farmers of the Southeast and magnify their voices at the Farm Help degree in September.”