Not until the Reagan administration’s turn against farm subsidies and farmers generally did the city-dwelling American public realize farmers had been taken for granted; hence Farm Aid, itself a response to Live Aid. And Farm Aid is an event whose white emphasis deserves analysis besides its ostensibly noble purpose. Republicans from farm states will start to chip away at these voting blocs once traditionally Democratic.
As for these songs, they approach the subject with goofiness (Tom T. hall as ever!).
1. Tom T. Hall – Who’s Gonna Feed Them Hogs?
2. Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm
3. John Cougar Mellencamp – Rain on the Scarecrow
4. The Band – King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
5. The Beach Boys – Farmer’s Daughter
6. Lou Reed – Future Farmers of America
7. Neil Young – Harvest
8. Garth Brooks – Wolves
9. Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart – Farmer’s Blues
10. Don Henley – A Month of Sundays
11. Tim McGraw – Where the Green Grass Grow
12. Paul McCartney & Wings – Junior’s Farm
13. Montgomery Gentry – Daddy Won’t Sell the Farm
14. Shooter Jennings – Daddy’s Farm
15. Johnny Cash – Farmer’s Almanac
16. Woody Guthrie – Pastures of Plenty
17. The Who – Now I’m a Farmer
18. The Temptations – I Wish It Would Rain
19. Brooks & Dunn – Hillbilly Deluxe
20. The Meters – Dry Spell