Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson & Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo Share “Dreams of the San Joaquin” Charity Single (Listen)


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“Dreams of the San Joaquin” is a new collaborative single from a trio of legendary singers: Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson and Los Lobos‘ David Hidalgo.

The three icons joined forces to create a new rendition of the classic original song penned by Randy Sharp and Jack Wesley Routh and made famous by both Kenny Rogers and Linda Ronstadt as a benefit single for benefit RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the United Farm Workers of America. The track is available exclusively via Bandcamp, where you may purchase it (and make a donation) at this link.

Listen below:

The song will have a new music video soon, directed by Micah Nelson, Willie’s son.

More on the collaborative single, per a news release:

“The migrant farm worker is as responsible if not more for maintaining our country’s position as one of the largest agricultural economies in the world,” McDonald explains. “The labor that falls squarely on their shoulders allows farmers to bring produce to our stores and food to our tables as reasonably priced as possible. COVID has ravaged this quadrant of the American workforce disproportionately.”

He continues, “RAICES and United Farm Workers Union are working hard to bring vaccine awareness and financial help to provide distribution to this demographic so hard hit by COVID-19.”
Nelson adds, “this was a collaboration of love and a prayer for understanding. It sends a message of hope that we all need to hear. I’ve always loved Mike’s voice and enjoyed making this with him and my son Micah.”

“This collaboration of love shows that even our oldest friends are still bringing new understanding to our cause,” notes Teresa Romero, president of the United Farm Workers. “After a particularly brutal year for farm workers, their support is priceless.”


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