Chicago Farmer Vinyl Release Show

Thursday, October 02, 2014 7:00 PM
Redstone Room

Tickets: $8 Adv/$11.50 Day of Show (fees included)

Doors: 6:30 p.m. / Show: 7:00 p.m.
Opening Acts: Edward David Anderson
Ages: All
Web: chicagofarmer.com and edwarddavidanderson.com
Genre: Folk
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Get me South, Mama get me North, Get me out of Backenforth,” Chicago Farmer sings on the title track of Backenforth, IL, released January 22, 2013. It’s the centerpiece of his sixth collection of Guthrie-inspired populist songs, as well as autobiographical. The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow mid-westerner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.

Backenforth, IL is also about finding your place in life - that sweet spot where we all belong. “I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, IL with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs.

Cody co-produced the album with Chris Harden in Chicago at the I.V. Labs Studios. While the inspiration has never changed, previous albums have been with Nashville session players - or just himself with guitar and harmonica.

For Backenforth, IL, he brought in friends for a loose and live vibe, accompanied by “The Hired Hands,” Darren Garvey on percussion and Mike Davidov on bass. Cody and The Hired Hands were recorded live and on analog tape to capture the feel and authenticity of each performance. Later, some of Chicago’s finest musicians chimed in on pedal steel, resonator, electric and acoustic guitar, organ, dobro, and vocals.

Chicago Farmer plans to continue touring relentlessly to support the new album.

With Backenforth IL, he solidifies that wherever he is, that’s where he belongs, that’s where the songs will be written and sung, and that’s where the music will be played.




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