Jamey Johnson has been added to the Farm Aid 2008 lineup and will join Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, and Dave Matthews for Farm Aid’s first-ever New England music festival on September 20, 2008 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass.
“I have no idea why Willie picked me to do this show, but I’ve been looking forward to it since I was a kid,” the Alabama native said of his participation in the event that has raised more than $30 million for the American farmer. “He has been no less than a hero for the American farmer and for me too.”
The day-long festival will celebrate music and good food, featuring hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village that will showcase the direct connection between who is growing our food and what we eat every day. The concert event will again feature family-farm identified, local and organic foods at concessions, setting an example of the many ways that family farm food can be integrated into the general marketplace. Other top artists will be announced.
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family-farmed food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
Click to listen and get to know Jamey Johnson
Jamey Johnson’s new album, That Lonesome Song debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and is receiving rave reviews from the critical press and although the year is far from over, it is being touted over and over as 2008’s Best Country Album. Don’t miss Jamey Johnson That Lonesome Song Night at participating nightclubs nationwide.
USA Today = A COUNTRY CLASSIC “Johnson’s songs hit hard – every one of them a keeper.”
The Wall Street Journal – “Mr. Johnson has locked into a sound that features shimmering steel guitars and his baritone drawl, which echoes his hero, Waylon Jennings, and the gritty “outlaw” country of the 1970’s.”
Paste Magazine – “This will be the best country record released in 2008. Hands down. This is wild, untamed music sung in a wild, untamed voice, and it’s brilliant.”
Miami Herald – “Johnson’s stark, cinematic That Lonesome Song is among the best country has offered in 2008.
American Songwriter – “The first great classic country album of 2008…if you like Jennings and Jones, Johnson is a shoe-in for heavy rotation new listening.”
Associated Press– “This ex-Marine redeems himself with the gutsiest, grittiest collection released by a Nashville major label in recent memory.”
The Washington Post – “The deep-voiced Johnson has that sad-eyed, straight-talking, storytelling quality that turned Waylon Jennings and George Jones into superstars.”
The Dallas Morning News – “Mr. Johnson created a country masterpiece for all eras.”
Billboard – “That Lonesome Song is a testament to raw and real.”
You can find Jamey Johnson’s music in the record stores right where the closing track of the album says it is going to be – Between Jennings and Jones.”
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