Everyone remembers their first Farm Aid–I know I do. It was 1993 and I was fresh out of college when I came to work for Farm Aid. My first concert was in Ames, Iowa. I had never been backstage at a show before. I had never met a celebrity before. Yet my job was to greet the artists as they came through the green room (where they prepare before going on stage). I was so nervous about approaching any of them. Who was I compared to their celebrity?
I remember meeting Martina McBride- when she had long hair- she was so beautiful and so friendly. I think she was nervous herself. It was the first time she had played Farm Aid – and we were in a big stadium that year. She has continued to support Farm Aid in fact- if you are a FarmYard member you can check out (and buy!) a pair of Martina’s pants. She autographed them and donated to Farm Aid.
I remember trying to approach Ringo Starr only to have a few members of the band Kentucky Headhunters cut in front of me. They were so excited to meet their hero. I remember seeing Dwight Yoakum talking to Lyle Lovett. And seeing Neil Young drive right past the green room in his golf cart as he headed for the stage.
At the end of the night I was exhausted and exhilarated. I couldn’t believe all the people I met.
So how about you? What’s your favorite Farm Aid moment? We really want to hear from you! To encourage you all to speak up, the 5th commentor will win a brand new Farm Aid poster from this year’s concert.