Farm Aid at 30: John Mellencamp-Rain on the Scarecrow

He had no way of knowing of course, but when John Mellencamp used his first-hand knowledge of the crippling economic, climate-related, and legislative squeeze play that befell the independent American family farmer thirty years ago in the song “Rain on the Scarecrow”, he was writing about my maternal great-grandfather Frank Warford, who lived, farmed from 1933, and died just a few miles away as the crow flies from Mellencamp’s rural Central Indiana home. Along with similar sentiments from Willie Nelson and Neil Young ( living on his Broken Arrow Ranch in Northern California since 1971 ), this song helped to galvanize the first Farm Aid benefit concert thirty years ago. –Redbeard