Saturday, September 30, 2006

Ryan Wonders Where to Begin

For those of you viewing the Webcast, you have just seen me give away tickets to nosebleed fans. I have been seriously messing up their last name. Sorry. But they are a true Pittsburgh family and were totally shocked. I even got a big hug. Katie from Farm Aid went out and found them sitting up against the fence in the farthest reaches of the lawn seats and brought them to me. They didn't know why they were here. I love this part of the hosting. I really get some great reactions and the hug was a bonus.

I also got to interview my new pal Pauline Reese. She was the first act of the concert, opening in a song with Willie Nelson. She even gave my a cool t-shirt. We have plans to meet up after the concert and catch-up over some drinks.

There has been a little bit of rain coming down on the lawn seats, but there no one is complaining. We have hit the part of the concert where heavy hitters come on. Los Lonely Boys is on now. Jerry Lee Lewis of Great Balls of Fire fame is up next. Then of course you can expect our big four to perform with guests–o-plenty.

Catering has just served dinner and the crews have been lining up to get the finest food and desserts I have ever seen at the Farm Aid concert. And, after the completion of Govt’ Mule, the whole stage switched. Every box was moved at least twice. That is why we had to move the Webcast to the other location — a behind the scenes shot of the art trailers and the antics that happen back there.

So I am backstage typing this out as people are wheeling through. I just looked up and who was standing right there… Willie Nelson. He loves Los Lonely Boys and is taking in the great show they are putting on.

So stay tuned, when I can find the time I will keep you posted.


  1. Anonymous7:16 PM

    Pretty please, play the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band set? From the pictures on the site, it looks like it already happened. Before the webcast started.

  2. Anonymous7:41 PM

    Let us know when Dave Matthews is performing

  3. Anonymous7:56 PM

    I'd like to know what part of Michigan Ryan is from..I grew up in the 'mitt' also..

  4. Anonymous8:34 PM

    Would you please show Mellencamp's band as well as John, himself? Thanks for the great webcast!!!

  5. Anonymous11:07 PM

    Ryan you've done a great job on the interviews & this blog!
    Farm Aid rocks & everyone involved!
    Thank you for the webcast, this was awesome for those of us who could not make it to NJ & the high gasoline prices have alot to do with that unfortunately!!!!
    So great job everyone & until next year, "God Bless Everyone" wishing good health & fortune to everyone always!
    Sue Fiene

  6. Ryan grew up in Standish, Michigan. The LaLonde family farm is still there on LaLonde Rd. The LaLonde family farm was recognized by the State of Michigan for 100 years of family farming in 2000.