This unedited interview and stage footage, taped by Dallas-based director Jim Ruddy for "Entertainment Tonight," captures scenes of the 1992 Farm Aid concert held at Texas Stadium in Irving, put on by Willie Nelson, to promote, preserve, and fund the homegrown American farmer. Ruddy has a backstage interview with Mary-Chapin Carpenter, who expresses her excitement to be playing with so many other musicians whom she respects, as well as her belief in the cause. After her interview, the footage captures the commotion of the behind the scenes excitement as John Mellencamp exits the stage and Neil Young wanders around signing autographs for fans. Ruddy then interviews the legendary Tex-Mex band, The Texas Tornados, which includes accordionist Flaco Jiménez. The band discusses how important it is to support farmers, as a "farm is the backbone of food, you know?" Ruddy then moves to the stage to see the Dallas Choir singing the hymn "How Great Thou Art," followed by "This Land Was Made For You and Me," accompanied by Willie Nelson on guitar. Lastly, we see Roseanne Barr and her then-husband Tom Arnold rousing up the crowd and helping advertise the phone line fund drive, which is "all to benefit the hardworking American farmers."
Willie Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas on April 29, 1933. He is a world renowned country music singer and musician, as well as an actor, activist, and author. His most famous country albums include Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978). Nelson popularized the "outlaw country" subgenre along with Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, and has written some of the most famous country music songs recorded, including Patsy Cline's "Crazy," which he wrote at the ripe age of 19, "On the Road Again," and "Pancho and Lefty." His primary musical collaboration is with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, performing as the Highwaymen, among many others. Nelson was named the honorary chairman of the advisory board of the official music charity of the state of Texas, the Texas Music Project, for his philanthropic work in and outside the music community. He was also inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and received a 1998 Kennedy Center Honor.
Nelson has also advocated for marijuana legalization, biodiesel alternative fuel, and is a supporter of democratic campaigns, such as Dennis Kuchinich's 2004 run. He also founded the annual fundraiser Farm Aid, which benefits the local, American, small farmer, and has featured multitudes of musicians of different genres