Walk Over the Hill with Farm Aid
Admitting your own destructibility is never pleasant. In small part because it tends to come around the time when you have to start paying taxes and buying lube for vanilla missionary, but mostly because the realisation strikes you at around 10 in the morning in the supermarket after you’ve spent precisely seven minutes comparing the nutritional content of two different, moderately priced types of off-brand German cereal.
It’s at this point you have two choices. You can take a deep breath, realise you’re not a child anymore and relish the fact that soon you’ll be old enough to steal the cereal and not face any repercussions, or you can spend a month’s income on drugs, alcohol, blow jobs and the muesli without the bloody umlaut.
We’re not saying either decision is more valid than the other, really we’re just ramping up to plugging a virtual music festival.
Farm Aid will mark its 35th anniversary with a festival livestream experience that will include performances from more than 20 artists. The lineup features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson and The Boys, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, as well as Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jon Batiste, Kelsey Waldon, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Particle Kid, The Record Company, Valerie June, and The War And Treaty.
Could we have made some kind of connection between the realisation of increased wisdom and cool-headedness that comes with ageing gracefully and the legend that is Willie Nelson?
No, we couldn’t. Willie Nelson is rich. He can afford to buy Raisin Bran, cocaine and blow jobs every day if he wants and he hasn’t been inside a supermarket in sixty years.
He’ll never have to face his own mortality.