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Farm Aid V, Texas Stadium, no. 7 - Willie Nelson Closes the Show (1992)

Jim Ruddy

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  •  Whiskey River 
  •  Crowd joins Willie Nelson on stage 
  •  Dallas Choir 
  •  Big crowd on stage 
  •  Arlo Guthrie 
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This unedited 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 captures the end of the Farm Aid concert, which features Willie Nelson singing “Whiskey River,” followed by short clips of him singing various songs with a large crowd, including costumed Native Americans, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, the Dallas Choir and band members accompanying him on stage. The footage ends with Nelson bringing Arlo Guthrie onstage to sing the song “This Land is Our Land” as the credits roll.
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.