Chicago Farmer is known for his clever and heartfelt songwriting and unique voice. For his album Flyover Country, Illinois-based Cody “Chicago Farmer” Diekhof paired up with Texas’ The Band of Heathens for an independent record released Feb. 7.
The current single, “All In One Place,” is a humorous look at the sad truth about making money in the music business. While making money in the business is tough, Diekhof certainly enjoyed the creative process of making this album.
“I think it’s my best work so far, and definitely the one that I put the most into,” Diekhoff says of the 10-song album. This is Chicago Farmer’s first studio album in four years and his sixth full-length studio album.
Flyover Country was recorded at The Band of Heathens studio, The Finishing School, in Austin, Texas, with Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi serving as co-producers alongside Diekhoff.
“I knew as I was writing these songs that they called for another direction—and a band,” Diekhoff says. “A band that was tight, had soul, and knew how to make records. I’ll always be a folksinger, but you can’t just keep doing the same thing over and over. I decided it’s time to throw some fuel on this fire and get it going. For me, it’s all about the poetry and playing with a band is about putting the poetry in motion a little differently.”
Through all the songs on Flyover Country—and most Chicago Farmer songs, for that matter—runs a common thread: a love and respect for regular folks, those who might be overlooked and under-appreciated.
“A lot of my friends are just getting by day-to-day,” Diekhoff says. “We keep at it, we keep working hard. Hopefully, eventually, things will turn around.”
Chicago Farmer is on tour now supporting the new album. Check the schedule to see if he’ll be playing near you.