Exclusive Video: John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson on New York's First Ever Farm Aid

June 11, 2007 6:34 PM ET

On September 9th, Farm Aid will hit New York City for the first time in its twenty-two-year existence. Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, the benefit concert's co-founders, were on hand at today at a New York press conference to announce the show, which the pair will headline along with Neil Young and Dave Matthews. After the conference, we caught up with the guys on Willie's tour bus.

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