September 25, 2009

Maria Enie
(202) 331-4323

Farm Aid Adds Gretchen Wilson to All-Star Line Up at St. Louis Music Festival

Live TV broadcast and webcast of Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic bring music and message to fans everywhere

ST. LOUIS— Farm Aid today announced that country star Gretchen Wilson will perform at its all-day music and food festival on Sunday, October 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mo.

Wilson will join Farm Aid Board Members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews who will perform with Tim Reynolds, along with Jason Mraz, Wilco, Jamey Johnson, Phosphorescent, Billy Joe Shaver, Will Dailey, Ernie Isley & the Jam Band, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, The Blackwood Quartet, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Titty Bingo on the Farm Aid Stage.

For fans at home, DIRECTV will exclusively broadcast Farm Aid 2009 live and in HD on The 101 Network beginning at 5:00 pm ET. DIRECTV has pledged to match all of its customer donations up to $50,000 made between September 1 and October 31, 2009.

Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic will also be webcast and will stream live at beginning at 5:00 pm ET. Concertgoers and people watching Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic at home can text FARMER to 90999 to donate $5 to help Farm Aid keep family farmers on their land.

There are a limited number of tickets for Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic available exclusively at, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Box Office, by calling (877) 598-8703, or at participating Blockbuster stores (visit for list of locations).

For updates about this year’s events in St. Louis, see and follow Farm Aid at


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, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised nearly $36 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.