This unedited interview 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 first interviews actor Dennis Hopper, who explains that he is at Farm Aid to not only support the cause, but also because its two founders, Willie Nelson and Neil Young, are some of his best friends. Next, Willie Nelson gives a casual interview while he is waiting singer Paul Simon to arrive for a joint press opportunity to talk about their association with the Children's Health Fund, a mobile healthcare station set up in rural areas to help the children in those underfunded locations. Upon his arrival, Simon discusses the details of how the Children's Health Fund will be an asset to communities and introduces Dr. Irwin Redlener, the MD associated with the project, before the three men take a tour of the new Dallas health vehicle.
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.