Previously Unreleased Wilco @ Farm Aid ’98 Videos Surface

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While most of our readers may think of Farm Aid 1998 as the event where Neil Young and Phish came together, there were plenty of other acts on the bill at Tinley Park’s World Music Theatre including HT faves Wilco. Over the past few months Farm Aid organizers have been populating the festival’s YouTube channel with clips from throughout the 26 concerts that have taken place thus far. Today, Wilco’s entire five-song set from Farm Aid ’98 has been uploaded for our viewing pleasure.

[via ScottWisher.com]


The 1998 version of Wilco featured Jeff Tweedy on lead vocals and guitar, mainstay John Stirratt on bass, Ken Coomer on drums, Jay Bennett on guitar and multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach. Tweedy and Co. were a few months removed from the release of Mermaid Avenue, so it’s no surprise the five-song set featured three tunes from the Woody Guthrie tribute – Christ For President, Hesitating Beauty and California Stars – as well as a cover of James Alley Blues by Richard “Rabbit” Brown and Forget The Flowers from 1996’s Being There. We’ve compiled a playlist of the five videos…

Wilco @ Farm Aid 1998


Set: James Alley Blues, Christ For President, Hesitating Beauty, Forget The Flowers, California Stars

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2 thoughts on “Previously Unreleased Wilco @ Farm Aid ’98 Videos Surface

  1. Mike Reply

    Thanks for linking up to this Scott! Was a late-bloomer on Phish, and was in attendance at Farm Aid(3rd unofficial Phish show), and suffered early on, but Wilco, Neil Young, and of course, Phish made it very worth it. 1st/3rd shows at the World. Worst venue evah.

  2. Pete Reply

    This is arguably my favorite version of ‘California Stars.’ I got an MP3 of it off of some p2p thing back in the day, never heard the rest of the show until now. Thanks for posting!

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