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Willie Nelson Dedicates Farm Aid 2001 Concert as "Concert for America"

In response to the September 11 terrorist attack on America, Farm Aid President Willie Nelson said that this year’s Farm Aid concert, set for September 29 at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, will be dedicated as a "Concert for America." Nelson pledged that Farm Aid, as part of its 16-year ongoing commitment to the American family farmer, will join local efforts to restore the farmers markets destroyed in the World Trade Center bombing.

"Never has a Farm Aid concert come at such an important national moment," said Nelson. "We are all called to do what we can to strengthen our country. Farm Aid has a long history of responding to natural disasters, from droughts and floods to hurricanes and tornadoes. Never did we imagine that we would be responding to a disaster caused by terrorists. Farm Aid will do its part."

"Farmers are always among the first to reach down, dig deep, do whatever they can, to help a neighbor in need," continued Nelson. "When a farmer becomes ill, the community mobilizes to help with the harvest. When a barn burns down, neighbors gather to raise a new one. The American farmer’s example of generosity lends hope that this national tragedy will reveal the best of what it means to be an American. Now more than ever, America needs family farmers on the land. As producers of our food and guardians of our land and natural resources, they make our country strong. We need strong family farmers for a strong America. Farm Aid will continue to ask the American public to support all family farmers and keep them farming, producing our food."

This year's lineup includes event co-founders Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, who will perform with his band Crazy Horse, a special solo performance by Dave Matthews, Martina McBride, Arlo Guthrie, and Acoustic Syndicate.