Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2000 Willie Nelson presented Farm Aid XV in Bristow, Virginia?

It’s true! The lineup included Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson and Sawyer Brown. Tipper Gore, wife of vice president Al Gore, played drums with Nelson.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Willie Nelson.

  • Willie Hugh Nelson was born on April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas.
  • He was named Willie by his cousin Mildred, who also chose Hugh as his middle name, in honor of her recently deceased younger brother.
  • Willie and his sister Bobbie were raised by their grandparents.
  • He wrote his first song at age seven and when he was nine, he played guitar for the local band Bohemian Polka.
  • Growing up he raised pigs for the Future Farmers of America organization.