Rock, Welch Among Farm Aid Additions
Rap rocker Kid Rock, alt-country artist Gillian Welch, and blues prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble are among the artists who have been added to the lineup for this weekend's Farm Aid beRap rocker Kid Rock, alt-country artist Gillian Welch, and blues prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble are among the artists who have been added to the lineup for this weekend's Farm Aid benefit concert. Set for Saturday (Sept. 21) at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., this year's edition of the annual fundraiser has also grown to include appearances by the Drive-By Truckers, Los Lonely Boys, and Anthony Smith.
As previously reported, the sold-out event will also feature Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, as well as a solo set by Dave Matthews (who last year joined the organization's board of directors), and a performance by country artist Keith Urban.
Much of the 2002 Farm Aid concert will be broadcast live by CMT beginning at 5 p.m. ET. "CMT Most Wanted Live" hosts Katie Cook and Greg Martin will anchor the coverage. During the broadcast, viewers will be urged to help the cause through donations that can be made via farmaid.org or by calling 1-800-FARM-AID.
Nelson, Young, and Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms in the U.S. and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. The organization has raised more than $24 million in its history.