Chicago Farmer, the moniker Bloomington, Illinois’ Cody Diekhoff performs and writes under, is set to independently release his 7th album, Midwest Side Stories, on September 30, 2016. Midwest Side Stories is about hope, depression, job loss, meth, skateboards, a divided nation, used cars, the late shift, farms, factories, the destruction of our environment, and still being around to sing about it. The new release contains ten tracks all of which were written by Diekhoff (pronounced dee-cough), with the exception of the John Hartford classic “I’m Still Here.”
Lyrically driven, Chicago Farmer delves into the social and political issues of today’s world, taking it all in and putting it back out through music as a commentary on modern times in the Midwest. With his unfeigned and relatable approach, Chicago Farmer has earned a place in the heart of this generation’s rise of protest songs. He composes music written and sung by and for the working man, the “regular person”, bringing to mind modern day folk tales.
Chicago Farmer is ready to kick down some more doors and put something new in as many ears, hands, living rooms, and car stereos as possible. Midwest Side Stories is available now on pre-order on Kickstarter through September 11th and folks that donate will receive it at their doorstep several weeks before the official release. “We’ve set our goal at $20… because we love you.” Cody says, “My last album has a song called The Twenty Dollar Bill. It’s easily one of my top 3 requested songs, I especially love that it’s requested by people of all ages. It’s a story song inspired my grandparents and I’ve been told has moved a lot of people. We put a lot of heart, soul, sweat, tears, and even some blood into making this album. While the basics are covered, we still have a large hill to climb and any support that you can offer is greatly appreciated”
Midwest Side Stories captures everything that Chicago Farmer is capable of as a performer, songwriter and story teller. He draws you in with the emotion in his voice and holds you captive with the lyrical pictures he paints about the real struggle the common man is up against.
Get your copy of Midwest Side Stories and catch Chicago Farmer on tour this fall!
9/3 Manteno, IL – Shoefest (tickets)
9/10 Peoria, IL – Peoria Brewing Co.
9/17 LaSalle, IL – Social Kitchen
9/29 Chicago, IL – Martyrs’ (Full Band) (tickets)
9/30 Davenport, IA – Redstone Room (Full Band) (tickets)
10/1 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre (Full Band) (tickets)
10/2 St. Louis. MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy (Full Band) (tickets)
10/5 Columbus, OH – Woodland’s Tavern (tickets)
10/6 Chillicothe, OH – Steiner’s Speakeasy
10/7 Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival (tickets)
10/8 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio (tickets)
10/11 LaFayette, IN – People’s Brewing Co.
10/13 Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads (tickets)
10/14 Hannibal, MO – Blue October
10/15 Springfield, IL – Bar None
10/20 Denver, CO – Walnut Room
10/21 Boulder, CO – Lazy Dog Music
11/3 Nashville, TN – The 5 Spot
11/4 Paducah, KY – Paducah Beer Werks
11/5 Carbondale, IL – Hangar 9
11/9 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (tickets)
11/10 LaCrosse, WI – The Root Note