Central IL Americana staples Old Shoe & Chicago Farmer come together for a very special 3-SET performance at Kenny’s!
About Chicago Farmer:
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 midwesterner 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.
“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, Illinois, with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs.
He writes music for “the kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard – many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12 hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.”
He listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend’s dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city – to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold.
About Old Shoe:
Old Shoe is a five-piece Roots Rock n’ Roll band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band’s compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.
2017 brought the follow up to the band’s 2013 album, Family. Country Home is an all-original 13-track release, which finds Old Shoe in search of their ‘Country Home’. Written over the course of the last couple years with a good portion of the tunes being written in Oneida County, Wisconsin at a country home. Recorded at the same studio as Family, I.V. Labs Studio in Chicago. Engineered, mixed and co-produced by Chris Harden.
In the last couple years, Old Shoe has continued to round the Midwest festival circuit at high-profile events like Summer Camp and Wakarusa, opened for Grammy-award winning Bruce Hornsby, Greenksy Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, and Keller Williams and even produced 7 consecutive installments of their own festival, Shoe Fest.