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Sturgill Simpson to Headline Farm Aid 2016

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Sturgill Simpson has been tapped as a headliner for this year’s Farm Aid benefit concert event.

The event will be held at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA on Sept. 17, which marks the first time the annual concert will return to the Washington D.C. area in 16 years. Along with Simpson and Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, Jamey Johnson, Alabama Shakes, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Carlene Carter and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have been tapped to perform.

The first Farm Aid was held in 1985 as a way of raising money for struggling American farmers. Since it’s inaugural year, the organization has distributed over $50 million to organizations that support farmers and their families. Founding organizer Willie Nelson says there is still a need for information and support for those raising crops in the United States.

“Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown — they’re hungry for the truth,” Nelson said in a press release. “Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers.”

Tickets for Farm Aid 2016 will range in price from $49.50 to $189.50, and will go on sale Monday, July 27 at 10 a.m EDT.

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Sturgill Simpson to Headline Farm Aid 2016