An All-Seated Night of Solo Acts
Chicago Farmer's 40th Folkin' Birthday & Live Album Release - Night One
Edward David Anderson's Black Dirt Revival, Althea Grace
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
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.
Edward David Anderson's Black Dirt Revival
Edward David Anderson is an American songwriter and rock & roll veteran who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages he penned 8 albums for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada.
Since their hiatus in 2011 EDA has continued to write and tour as a solo artist. His delivery in the live setting is both dynamic and impactful showcasing a natural prowess on banjo, acoustic/cigar box guitars and foot percussion. He defines his sound as Black Dirt Music. "Songs about people and places, about life and love and loss. It's roots music, cultivated in the fertile soil of the Midwest."
His 2014 debut, Lies & Wishes (produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) was lauded "a supurb solo effort” by No Depression while David Dye (NPR World Cafe) praised Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions as "a wonderfully soulful record."
Poised to release his newest collection of songs, EDA made the album that's been on his mind for some time now. “I've always wanted to make a record in Muscle Shoals. But it needed to be the right batch of songs with the right people,” he recalls. And Chasing Butterflies is just that. A beautifully crafted recording of a writer in his prime.
Look for Chasing Butterflies out on Black Dirt Records October 19th.
Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area who plays solo shows and with area musicians as a full band under the moniker Althea Grace Band. Althea’s music can best be described as in-your-face indie blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and rock featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Though not yet old enough to drive, Althea has been playing top festivals and venues in Chicago, The Midwest, and beyond for the last five years. In 2012, Althea won the McHenry County junior talent contest and has been featured numerous times in regional newspaper, radio, and TV outlets. Althea has opened for American Idol finalist Bucky Covington, has shared the stage with many top local and regional bands, and on many occasions with the multi-Grammy-winning band Los Lobos.
Michael Kaiz of Jambase described Althea as “One of Chicago’s rising gems”. Althea's debut album, Running The Show, is now available on all major online retailers, select Chicagoland independent record stores, and at all live shows.
$12 (Advance) / $15 (Day of Show) / $25 Weekend Show Pass Available
Ticket Prices listed do NOT include additional Ticket Fees added at online checkout & box office / This is an all-seated, general admission show. There are no assigned seats. It is a strictly first-come, first-seated event.