WASHINGTON, D.C. -- XM Satellite Radio will broadcast Farm Aid 2006 live Saturday, Sept. 30, from the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, New Jersey on XM's Americana channel X Country (XM 12).



Ray Knight, Jessie Scott and others will co-host XM's coverage of the Farm Aid concert beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on X Country (XM 12), featuring artist interviews and live performances from the Farm Aid 2006 stage.



The Farm Aid concert lineup will feature performances by Farm Aid directors Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, as well as musicians Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head; Los Lonely Boys; Gov't Mule; Steve Earle; Steel Pulse; Shelby Lynne; and others.



"Farm Aid is a movement inspired by artists who generously donate their time and talent to play on the Farm Aid stage," said Farm Aid's executive director, Carolyn Mugar. "Once again, we are proud to welcome to the Farm Aid stage such a diverse and talented lineup."



Ray Knight, senior director of Country Programming, XM Satellite Radio, said, "We are not only fortunate to have Willie Nelson holding the creative reigns of XM's traditional country channel Willie's Place, but incredibly honored to join him in bringing these amazing performances to Americans everywhere in support of this worthy cause."



Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid raises awareness about the critical role of family farms and has raised more than $29 million to build and strengthen family farm food production.



Between 1985 and 2005, 80 percent of Farm Aid's total expenditures were spent on programs to benefit family farmers, exceeding charity watchdog standards. Through public education, program activities and grants, Farm Aid promotes food from family farms and sustainable agriculture, fights factory farms, advocates for fair farm prices and provides disaster assistance and credit counseling to farm families.

XM Satellite Radio is America's No. 1 satellite radio company with more than 7 million subscribers. XM-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Suzuki and Subaru is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2007.



SOURCE: XM Satellite Radio via PR Newswire.