Highlights of Farm Aid 2013
Without a doubt, a simply electrifying setlist by Neil Young last night at Farm Aid 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Although Neil Young performed solo acoustic, the man had fire in his belly and cut loose even shouting down an audience heckler mid-rant. (Check video below @ ~2:00)
"Thanks for coming to Farm Aid.First live performance of covers by folk heroes Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tim Hardin and Ivory Joe Hunter. Along with Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" all star ensemble of Pete Seeger, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young, it was a sight to see and bear witness. Musically? Not so much.
We are at a moment at time...America is the garden of the world.
God bless the farmers who are on the front line of change and power them to resist the evils of Monsanto.
Support local family farms!
From Sugar Mountain - Neil Young Set Lists:
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Farm Aid 2013
01. This Land Is Your Land (guests with Pete Seeger; backing vocals)
02. Blowin' In The Wind (Bob Dylan song; acoustic guitar)
03. Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot song; acoustic guitar)
04. Old Man (acoustic guitar)
05. Heart Of Gold (acoustic guitar)
06. Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter song; piano)
07. Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin song; pump organ)
08. Changes (Phil Ochs song; acoustic guitar)
09. Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die (guests with Willie Nelson)
10. I Saw The Light (guests with Willie Nelson; harmonica)
Neil's set on YouTube:
A comment by Ralf Böllhoff on Rusties | Facebook:
The 3 albums with cover songs played by Neil yesterday...
All 3 albums were released in 1966 and recorded 1964 to 1965 - while Neil had his folky period in Yorkville/Toronto. He heard the songs then. In Winter 1965, he played a solo folk program in coffeehouses performing own songs and songs by Dylan, Ochs and Lighfoot. Tim Hardin also was playing in Yorkville those days. Maybe Neil is planning an album or a tour referring to his folky days of 1965?
"Americana" also started this way in 2011 when Neil dug out "Oh Susannah" from his electric "Squires" period.
John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Dave Matthews, Neil Young
Photo © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc. via http://www.farmaid.org
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Before playing cover of "Changes" by Phil Ochs, Neil commented that just earlier Pete Seeger talked of regret about Phil Ochs suicide and not doing more to help. Neil then remembers reaching out to Kurt Cobain (unmentioned) but being unable to make contact. Neil has only made mention of this tragedy once before on the record.
I work for me."
Also, Neil performed with Pegi Young and the Survivors for their entire set.
Pegi Young & The Survivors w/ Neil Young
"The farmers are on the front lines of climate change, and climate change is THE issue of the 21st century.
It's a bigger way of looking at what we're all doing here. It's about getting the carbon out of the sky and back into the earth."
“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now? This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”
“The reason I am talking about that ugly situation is because the farmers again are the solution to the problem.”
Willie & Neil
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