Today (10/12) is National Farmer’s Day. It is a day to pay tribute to the hardworking people who labor to put food on American tables. There has always been a solid relationship between country music and farm life. Farming has been the subject of many country songs through the years. Alabama and Waylon Jennings released songs about the farm in the 1980s. And, of course, Willie Nelson has long advocated for the farmer with his Farm Aid, which he began in 1985 with Neil Young and John Mellencamp. (Dave Matthews and Margo Price have since been added to the board.). Farm Aid has raised millions of dollars for the American farmer for years.
Luke Bryan comes from a peanut farm in Georgia and often champions the farmer and raises money for them once a year on his annual Farm Tour. When he announced his 2023 Farm Tour, which wrapped a few weeks ago, Luke said, “One of the reasons we created these Farm Tour shows – to bring the big-city tour to the people. These nights are one-of-a-kind, and we really enjoy getting to know the farmers and their families. Love the whole atmosphere of playing on these incredible farms and watching entire communities come together and get excited about these shows.”
Bryan also noted how much his Farm Tour has grown. He said, “The Farm Tour has grown throughout the years, and the fact that we can set a stage up in a hayfield or some field and people flock to it is what I envisioned when I created Farm Tour, and to obviously help some kids with scholarships and stuff like that. But the Farm Tour has grown every year, and it’s always something we look forward to. It’s really an exciting time to be able to just be out on a farm on a Fall night.”
He added, “Sometimes it’s cool, and everybody’s got, it’s perfect jacket weather, and everybody’s just enjoying music and having fun, and it’s happening in these little towns that have never gotten a show like this. So, it’s always fun knowing that I leave these little towns, and they can go, ‘Hey, we got to go party out in a field and hear a bunch of Nashville country music singers roll in,’ and give ’em a great show. So many great memories through the years.” Since 2009, when the Farm Tour began, Luke has granted 78 college scholarships to students from farming families to their local college or university near the tour stops.
Here are six songs about farm life.