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Musgraves, Carter join Farm Aid

Monday, June 24, 2013 – Kacey Musgraves and Carlene Carter were among the artists added to the Farm Aid festival slated for Sept. 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot and Pegi Young & The Survivors will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews at Farm Aid 2013. Matthews will be joined by guitarist Tim Reynolds.

"The Farm Aid benefit concert takes place each year thanks to the generosity of artists who donate their talent to raise awareness about the crucial need we have for family farmers on the land," said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. "We are thrilled to have an eclectic lineup this year that includes returning artists, as well as artists new to the Farm Aid stage. Together, Farm Aid concertgoers and artists are changing our food system."

Farm Aid's all-day music and food festival will spotlight family farm food and hands-on activities demonstrating the important of family farm agriculture.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2013 will go on sale this Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. eastern.

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