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Chicago Farmer Releases Flyover Country Today- Feb 7
Featuring The Band of Heathens
Recorded at The Finishing School in Austin, Texas

Buy & Stream now at → https://chicagofarmer.hearnow.com/flyover-country 

BLOOMINGTON, IL — Illinois-based Cody “Chicago Farmer” Diekhof paired up with Texas’ The Band of Heathens for Flyover Country, independently released February 7. In the past two weeks the album debuted at #33 on the Americana Radio Albums Chart and shot up another 10 spots to #23 with DJs across the country spinning many of the songs from the album.

The current single, “All In One Place,” is a humorous look at the sad truth about making money in the music business and debuted on the Americana Singles Chart at #43 this week. American Songwriter Magazine says, “This tale of high hopes and low returns [is] an outlaw country number that resounds with heart and humor.”

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 underappreciated. He is a champion of the Midwest and the working class. “A lot of my friends are just getting by day-to-day,” Diekhoff said. “We keep at it, we keep working hard. Hopefully, eventually, things will turn around.”

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Chicago Farmer. Photo by Bradley J Scott

Chicago Farmer is known for his clever and heartfelt songwriting and unique voice. Todd Snider exclaims, “I love Chicago Farmer’s singing and playing and songs, but it’s the intention behind the whole of his work that moves me to consider him the genuine heir to Arlo Guthrie or Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He knows the shell game that goes on under folk music… which is sacred to me.” 

Flyover Country was recorded at The Heathens studio, The Finishing School, in Austin TX with Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi serving as co-producers alongside Diekhoff.  Diekhoff’s longtime collaborator Chris Harden served as recording engineer (and mixed the album), on top of adding harmonies on two songs, and Heather Horton added harmony vocals on three tunes. 

Jurdi says, “Cody (Chicago Farmer) came in with a stellar batch of songs and really had a good vision for what he wanted the album to be. The material really takes a look at the kaleidoscopic fabric of the Midwest. Chicago Farmer writes and sings in a truly authentic voice about the people that inhabit the spaces that America’s hopes and dreams have been built upon. Always the underdog, sometimes overlooked, but never to be forgotten.”

“I knew as I was writing these songs that they called for another direction — and a band. A band that was tight, had soul, and knew how to make records,” Diekhoff said about Flyover Country, his sixth full-length studio album. “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.”

Diekhoff and the Heathens cover a lot of musical territory on Flyover Country including a country-tinged rootsy tale of a desperate drive down the road to redemption (“Indiana Line”), a country-folk singalong anthem extolling the virtues of intimate live music shows and cheap beer over corporate arena concerts (“$13 Beers”), a talking-blues tribute to hardworking, unsung, everyday heroes (“Dirtiest Uniform), an uptempo folk-rock  (“Deer in the Sky”), and you see his grunge-rock roots coming out on “Mother Nature’s Daughter.” The album features nine original tracks and a cover of Hank Williams “Ramblin’ Man.”

Pokey LaFarge says, “His lyrics, his stories and his heart are true. He’ll give you that feeling of ‘going home’. He’ll make you want to say all those things you’ve been meaning to say but were too afraid. At the same time his songs can make you ask yourself some deep questions. His songs give you hope.”

Kind Words about Flyover Country

“This album shows both Diekhoff’s ability to spin a tale and to write songs that get people to sing along. It also shows how well he is able to evoke emotions – whether it’s a song that makes you laugh or a song that hits you right in the heart. Beyond all that, you realize that his is a style that will endure in a world where music has seemingly become disposable.”
Americana Highways, Gary Schwind

“A terrific release… The Americana/Country Rock tunes are top class and the lyrics so interesting that you’ll be thinking them through later.”
Americana Music Show, Tony Ives

“Chicago Farmer’s ‘All In One Place’ Is Outlaw Country with Heart and Humor”
American Songwriter, Matt Wallock

“You will be moved by the poetry of these songs… You’ll dance to these songs even if you’re a song-and-dance man who never learned to dance. You’ll sing to these songs even if you don’t have the prettiest voice. Best of all, you’ll feel good for having listened. I know I do.”
Making a Scene!, Viola Krouse

“… [Flyover Country is] a fitting title for the new album by Cody Diekhoff, aka Chicago Farmer, for two reasons. First, it’s an exploration of the lives and quirks of the residents of ‘flyover country.’ It’s also a good descriptor of Chicago Farmer’s sound, which kind of ‘flies over’ country music, touching on folk, Southern rock, and even tinges of punk.”
Concert Hopper, Chris Griffy

It’s poetry with a kick. There is power in the songs, from the arrangements to the lyrics, it makes you feel.”
Festy GoNuts, Jason Law

“Diekhoff is a warm-hearted soul who manifestly likes others, though he wraps the sentimentality in wry humor. He’s most fond, one infers, of ordinary people’s imperfections and limitations, about which he writes amiably, not sparing his own.”
Rambles.net, Jerry Clark

“With an ominous western intro, ‘Indiana Line’ builds up to a foot stompin,’ thumpin’ instant singalong. This bodes very well for Chicago Farmer’s Flyover Country. The harmonies with The Band of Heathens are irresistible, and the style is absolute contagion.”
Americana Highways, Mellisa Clarke

Putting his solo troubadour days behind him (after a run of solo dates opening for Todd Snider in January), at least for a while, when Flyover Country comes out in February, Diekhoff is hitting the road with a band, performing as Chicago Farmer and The Fieldnotes which includes Jaik Willis, Cody Jensen, & Cosmic Charlie Harris.

Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes Tour Dates:

2/7 Fri – The Bootleg – St. Louis, MO
2/8 Sat –  The Eagle’s Theater – Olney, IL
2/9 Sun – Stellar Cellar – Effingham, IL
2/14 Fri – Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
2/15 Sat – Fitzgerald’s Nightclub – Berwyn, IL
2/16 Sun – Anodyne Coffee – Milwaukee, WI
2/20 Thu – Pearl Street Brewery – La Crosse, WI
2/21 Fri – The Turf Club –  St Paul, MN
2/22 Sat – The Outer Edge – Appleton, WI
2/27 Thu – Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza – Worthington, OH
2/28 Fri – Southgate House – Newport, KY
2/29 Sat – Duke’s Indy – Indianapolis, IN
3/6 Fri – Redstone Room @ River Music Experience – Davenport, IA
3/7 Sat – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
3/8 Sun – World Theater – Kearney, NE
3/12 Thu – Magic Rat – Fort Collins, CO
3/13 Fri – The Walnut Room – Denver, CO
3/14 Sat – Western Jubilee – Colorado Springs, CO
5/28-29 – Thu-Fri – John Hartford Memorial Fest – Bean Blossom, IN
6/19 Fri – Moccasin Creek Festival – Effingham, IL
6/27 Sat – Private Event – Wilmington, IL
8/7 Fri – Rock the Farm @ Mackinaw Valley Winery – Mackinaw, IL
8/8 Sat – People Fest – Hillsboro, WI

Flyover Country Track Listing and Credits
1. Indiana Line 3:51
2. Flyover Country 4:59
3. Mother Nature’s Daughter 3:01
4. $13 Beers 3:17
5. Collars 5:23
6. All In One Place 2:51
7. Deer In The Sky 3:23
8. Ramblin’ Man 4:44
9. Dirtiest Uniforms 4:43
10. The Village Revisited 6:56

Chicago Farmer – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar 

The Band of Heathens:
Ed Jurdi – Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Harmonica
Gordy Quist – Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Trevor Nealon – All Things Keys
Richard Millsap – Drums, Percussion
Jesse Wilson – Bass

With Special Guests:
Heather Horton – Vocals (3, 5, 10)
Chris Harden – Vocals (8, 10)

Recorded February 2019 at The Finishing School in Austin, TX
Produced by Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist, & Chicago Farmer
Engineered & Mixed by Chris Harden 

All tracks written by Cody Diekhoff with the exception of Hank Williams’ “Ramblin’ Man” 

Further information and tour dates can be found at www.chicagofarmer.com, www.facebook.com/chicagofarmer, instagram.com/chicagofarmermusic, and twitter.com/chicagofarmer.

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BATB Benefit Timeline
Let’s Boogie To Benefit Mental Health

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Leftover Salmon’s Boogie At The Broadmoor
March 19-22, 2020

Featuring:
Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas and Friends, Circles Around The Sun,
Andy Frasco and the U.N., Nick Forster’s Hippy Bluegrass Church, DeadPhish Orchestra, Grant Farm, and more!

The Daily Schedule of Music Will Be Posted Friday 2/7
Single Day Passes Available 2/7

Location: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Drive, Colorado Springs, CO (map)
Tickets, Rooms, and more at www.boogieatthebroadmoor.com 

DENVER, CO — This March 19-22 Leftover Salmon’s Boogie At The Broadmoor returns for its second year to the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. This year a charity portion has been added to the event called Let’s Boogie To Benefit Mental Health. In 2020, the focus is on mental health, an important health concern that everyone and anyone can relate to, but a topic not openly talked about enough.

Let’s Boogie To Benefit Mental Health will consist of events addressing and bringing awareness to this important topic. Three events have been added —Bowling with the Band featuring Leftover Salmon and Circles Around The Sun on Thursday evening and We Bee Spelling featuring Andy Frasco and a an all-star jam on Sunday evening with members of Yonder Mountain String Band and more — bookending Leftover Salmon’s Boogie At The Broadmoor. An additional free concert and Charity Raffle featuring Woodshed Red was added on Friday evening.

Leftover Salmon will be working closely with Backline, a recently formed organization that supports music industry professionals and their families; along with support on the national, state, and local level from the mental wellness organizations: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health Colorado, and Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention. These organizations will be on site throughout the weekend spreading awareness about this critically important topic.

Together we hope to raise funds and awareness throughout the Boogie At The Broadmoor weekend. All are welcome to attend the Let’s Boogie To Benefit events on a donation basis, even if you are not attending the festival that weekend. There is limited capacity to these events, so please get involved while space is still available.

Let’s bring our communities together and show our support for mental health. 

Leftover Salmon previously released a tune penned by their bassist Greg Garrison, “Songs You’ve Left Unsung,” as a tribute to dear friend Jeff Austin in his memory. All proceeds from the sale of it are donated to Backline and you can check it out here →  Backline.care/songs-left-unsung/

ABOUT LET’S BOOGIE TO BENEFIT MENTAL HEALTH EVENTS:

Bowling with the Band – Thursday, March 19th 7-11pm
Roll into Boogie at the Broadmoor on Thursday with a very special bowling tournament) and fundraising event to start the weekend at Play, the Broadmoor’s bowling alley. Bowling with the Band gives fans a rare chance to bowl with members of Leftover Salmon and Circles Around the Sun before the weekend’s festivities kick off on Friday. Teams of up to five (5) bowlers can sign up online to participate for $500/team ($100/bowler) and each team will be paired with a member of Leftover Salmon or Circles Around the Sun for the evening’s event. Create a team or join a team to participate in this unique fundraising opportunity! The proceeds of this event will benefit Backline. Top fundraising teams will win concert tickets and exclusive memorabilia.

Find out more and sign up to bowl at https://givebutter.com/boogiebowlingFree

Concert & Charity Raffle – Friday, March 20th 5-6:30pm
Join us at the International Center for a free concert featuring local favorites Woodshed Red. The weekend’s silent auction and raffle will begin at this time. Have the first chance to put your bids in for these great items. All proceeds will support our non-profit mental health partners for the event!

We Bee Spelling – Sunday, March 22nd 5-10:30pm
On Sunday March 22nd, Boogie at the Broadmoor will host a finale benefit event: We Bee Spelling, a comedy game show hosted by Alex Greer, Kyle Ayers (Conan) with house bandleader Andy Frasco with Leftover Salmon. We Bee Spelling is a one-of-a-kind experience — part late night variety show, part spelling bee, and all for charity — supporting mental health through Backline and Colorado mental wellness programs. Contestants participate in this interactive, live improv show on behalf of Backline and do their best to spell while encountering “sabotages” from the audience (such as spelling words backwards or performing hidden talents), increasingly more ridiculous head-to-head games, and all sorts of antics that make this a truly unique and hilarious fundraiser.

And that’s not all, Sunday night will be capped with a very special performance by members of Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, surprise guests, plus Woodshed Red! This send-off event will be open to the public on a donation basis and is limited capacity.

Find out more and sign up to Bee at https://givebutter.com/webeeboogie

MORE ABOUT BOOGIE AT THE BROADMOOR

Boogie At The Broadmoor will once again feature three days of Leftover Salmon and it going to be a Festivaaalll with 16+ bands over the weekend including Jerry Douglas and Friends, Circles Around The Sun, Andy Frasco and the U.N., Nick Forster’s Hippy Bluegrass Church, DeadPhish Orchestra, Grant Farm, Handmade Moments, Lonesome Days, Jack Cloonan Band, Woodshed Red, Armchair Boogie, Wood Belly, Pick and Howl, Shawn Nelson, Silent Disco, and a Jazz Brunch Set along with Special Guests: Jerry Douglas, Adam Greuel, and Roosevelt Collier.

This is a first class concert experience that is like no other, held at The Broadmoor Resort, a historic five star resort nestled against the backdrop of the Cheyenne Foothills just 75 miles south of Denver. Enjoy the beautiful property and a plethora of fantastic amenities including 20 restaurants, cafes, and bars on site! Plus a bowling alley, movie theater, spa, and even a zoo. 

More information about the event, tickets, and accomodations can be found at
www.BoogieAtTheBroadmoor.comMore about LoS at www.LeftoverSalmon.com.

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THE 4TH ANNUAL SUWANNEE SPRING REUNION MARCH 19-22, 2020
THE SPIRIT OF SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK IN LIVE OAK, FLORIDA

LINEUP ADDITIONS INCLUDE:
Greensky Bluegrass, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones,
Sierra Hull, Ghost Light, Jon Stickley Trio, Chatham County Line, Fireside Collective, Tony Furtado with Luke Price, Blueground Undergrass, The Grass Is Dead, Songs From The Road Band,
and more!

BANDS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED INCLUDE
Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs,
The Duhks, Darrell Scott, Jim Lauderdale Band, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp Band and more!

Tickets on sale atwww.suwanneespringreunion.com  

LIVE OAK, FL –  Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) is thrilled to announce that Greensky Bluegrass, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Sierra Hull, Ghost Light, and Jon Stickley Trio are added to The 4th Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion lineup along with a host of other acts. The festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, March 19-22 at SOSMP in Live Oak, FL.

Further additions to the 2020 lineup include, Chatham County Line, Fireside Collective, Tony Furtado with Luke Price, Blueground Undergrass, The Grass Is Dead, Songs From The Road Band, Nation of Two, The Tania Elizabeth Experiment, Nikki Talley, Lee Hunter & The Gatherers, Ukelyptus, Brett Bass & Melted Plectrum, The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn, Two Foot Level, Nicholas Edward Williams, Habanero Honeys, The Hungry Monks, The Walker Brothers, The Dunehoppers, Jeff Bradley – Comedy + Cool Stuff, and Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus.

Previously announced bands include Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs, The Duhks, Darrell Scott, Jim Lauderdale Band, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp Band, Roy Book Binder, Quartermoon, and Sloppy Joe.

Folks of all ages will make plans to gather during the forefront of spring at this gorgeous park and its mossy live oak laden grounds for this beloved festival tradition that features a range of music genres rooted in original music – Americana: Bluegrass, Newgrass, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Blues, and more. Literally something for everyone!

For four days and nights this family-friendly festival is home to early morning sing-a-longs and night time musical pyrotechnics from the park’s stellar cast of alumni and new favorites. There will be music on four stages and Suwannee Spring Reunion attendees will also enjoy music in the campground with jamming at Slopryland and the Bill Monroe Shrine as well as camp pickin’ parties. Hands-on and performance workshops will be held throughout the weekend with a variety of artists set to perform.

Placing a strong emphasis on embracing the traditions that have made the park a national treasure, there will be a wide array of arts & crafts as well as an array of culinary delights ranging from healthy to decadent in the Vending Village. The park itself is a place where kids of all ages can remember why they fell in love with the magic mixture of sights, sounds, and sensations that constitutes a weekend of paradise that is the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

Tickets are on sale now. See details at www.suwanneespringreunion.com/Tickets/.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events.

Suwannee Spring Reunion 2020 Lineup
Greensky Bluegrass
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs
Donna The Buffalo
Sierra Hull
Ghost Light
Darrell Scott
Jim Lauderdale Band
Verlon Thompson
The Duhks
Jon Stickley Trio
Shawn Camp Band
Chatham County Line
Fireside Collective
Tony Furtado with Luke Price
Roy Book Binder
Blueground Undergrass
The Grass Is Dead
Songs From The Road Band
Nation of Two
The Tania Elizabeth Experiment
Nikki Talley
Lee Hunter & The Gatherers
Ukelyptus
Brett Bass & Melted Plectrum
The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn
Two Foot Level
Nicholas Edward Williams
Quartermoon
Sloppy Joe
Habanero Honeys
The Hungry Monks
The Walker Brothers
The Dunehoppers
Jeff Bradley – Comedy + Cool Stuff
Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus

For more information, tickets, and to reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com

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Leftover Salmon’s Boogie At The Broadmoor
March 20-22, 2020

Lineup Announced:

3 Days of Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas and Friends, Circles Around The Sun,
Andy Frasco and the U.N., Nick Forster’s Hippy Bluegrass Church, and more!

Location: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Drive, Colorado Springs, CO (map)
Tickets, Rooms, and more at www.boogieatthebroadmoor.com 

Denver, CO — Leftover Salmon is thrilled to announce the lineup for Boogie At The Broadmoor on March 20-22, 2020. Boogie At The Broadmoor will once again feature three days of Leftover Salmon and it going to be a Festivaaalll with 16+ bands over the weekend including Jerry Douglas and Friends, Circles Around The Sun, Andy Frasco and the U.N., Nick Forster’s Hippy Bluegrass Church, DeadPhish Orchestra, Grant Farm and more!

This is a first class concert experience that is like no other, held at The Broadmoor Resort, a historic five star resort nestled against the backdrop of the Cheyenne Foothills just 75 miles south of Denver. Enjoy the beautiful property and a plethora of fantastic amenities including 20 restaurants, cafes, and bars on site! Plus a bowling alley, movie theater, spa, and even a zoo. Enjoy all this and more to go with 3 days of music!

3-Day passes are on sale NOW. Festival Ticket Prices Increase on January 18th. Once again the band is happy to offer rooms at a reduced rate for our “Boogie At The Broadmoor” group starting at $199.The hotel is very excited to have all our patrons back at their wonderful resort. Experience The Broadmoor at an attractive rate not normally offered by the resort, along with a Boogie to go with it!

Activities, VIP offerings, and more fun will be announced soon!

Boogie At The Broadmoor 2020 Lineup:
3 Days Of Leftover Salmon
Jerry Douglas and Friends
Circles Around The Sun
Andy Frasco and the U.N.
Nick Forster’s Hippy Bluegrass Church
DeadPhish Orchestra
Grant Farm
Handmade Moments
Lonesome Days
Jack Cloonan Band
Woodshed Red
Armchair Boogie
Wood Belly
Pick and Howl
Shawn Nelson
Silent Disco
Jazz Brunch Set

Special Guests:
Jerry Douglas
Adam Greuel
Roosevelt Collier

More information about the event, tickets, and accomodations can be found at
www.BoogieAtTheBroadmoor.com.

More about LoS at www.LeftoverSalmon.com.

 

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Putting the Poetry in Motion,
Chicago Farmer Joins Forces with The Band of Heathens
New Album, Flyover Country  – Due Out Feb 7, 2020
Recorded at The Finishing School in Austin, Texas

2nd Single “All In One Place” Out Now →   chicagofarmer.hearnow.com/all-in-one-place

Chicago Farmer’s ‘All In One Place’ Is Outlaw Country with Heart and Humor
American Songwriter “All In One Place” Song Premiere

BLOOMINGTON, IL — For recording artists, albums can be like children — it’s hard to go on record choosing one as a favorite. But Cody “Chicago Farmer” Diekhoff doesn’t hesitate to designate his forthcoming release, Flyover Country, as his “golden child.” 

Chicago Farmer is known for his clever and heartfelt songwriting and unique voice. Todd Snider exclaims,Chicago Farmer is my brother; if you like me, you’ll love him,” and Pokey LaFarge says“Chicago Farmer represents the best qualities of Midwestern U.S.A. His lyrics, his stories and his heart are true… Definitely one of my favorite singers out there today.”

Flyover Country features The Band of Heathens and was recorded at the Heathens studio, The Finishing School, in Austin TX with Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi serving as co-producers alongside Diekhoff.

Jurdi says, “Cody (Chicago Farmer) came in with a stellar batch of songs and really had a good vision for what he wanted the album to be. The material really takes a look at the kaleidoscopic fabric of the Midwest. Chicago Farmer writes and sings in a truly authentic voice about the people that inhabit the spaces that America’s hopes and dreams have been built upon. Always the underdog, sometimes overlooked, but never to be forgotten.”

“I think it’s my best work so far and definitely the one that I put the most into,” Diekhoff said of the 10-song album, due out Feb. 7. This is Chicago Farmer’s first studio album in four years and it will be available on CD and vinyl, as well as digital & streaming services.

The 2nd single, “All In One Place,” is out now and starting to hit Americana reporting radio stations American Songwriter premiered the song and calls, “This tale of high hopes and low returns” an “outlaw country number that resounds with heart and humor.” 

“I knew as I was writing these songs that they called for another direction — and a band. A band that was tight, had soul, and knew how to make records,” Diekhoff said about Flyover Country, his sixth full-length studio album. “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.”

Fans of Chicago Farmer will already know at least a couple of the songs on Flyover Country if they’ve seen a show in the past couple years. In fact, Diekhoff’s talking-blues tribute to hardworking, unsung, everyday heroes, “Dirtiest Uniform,” and his country-folk singalong anthem extolling the virtues of intimate live music shows and cheap beer over corporate arena concerts, “$13 Beers,” are among the highlights on 2019’s double-disc live release, Quarter Past Tonight.

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Flyover Country Track Listing
Indiana Line 3:51
Flyover Country 4:59
Mother Nature’s Daughter 3:01
$13 Beers 3:17
Collars 5:23 
All In One Place 2:51
Deer In The Sky 3:23
Ramblin’ Man 4:44
Dirtiest Uniforms 4:43
The Village Revisited 6:56

Diekhoff and the Heathens cover a lot of musical territory on Flyover Country

The album opens with “Indiana Line,” a country-tinged rootsy raveup, a tale of a desperate drive down the road to redemption with great, growling slide guitar work. This track was released towards the end of 2019 as the album’s first single. Americana Highways premiered it, writing, “With an ominous western intro, ‘Indiana Line’ builds up to a foot stompin,’ thumpin’ instant singalong. This bodes very well for Chicago Farmer’s Flyover Country. The harmonies with The Band of Heathens are irresistible, and the style is absolute contagion.”

The title track is a languid waltz with a shuffling beat and jangly guitar, an ode to the people of the rural heartland, his people, putting Diekhoff’s high vibrato to great use. A brisker waltz beat propels “Collars,” another tribute to small-town folks, this one inspired by a young soldier who didn’t come home from Iraq.

Harmonica and baritone guitar drive “Deer in the Sky,” an uptempo folk-rock number about the benefits of flying over driving (you can drink beer on a plane and you’ll never hit a deer). Things get downright raucous on a couple songs, with Diekhoff’s grunge-rock roots coming out on “Mother Nature’s Daughter,” an environmental protest song, while the guitars go to town on “All in One Place,” a humorous look at the sad truth about making money in the music business.

Diekhoff pays tribute to Hank Williams with the album’s sole cover, Williams’ “Ramblin’ Man,” while also honoring Kenny Forbes, a friend’s father who introduced a young Diekhoff to the music of Hank Williams, setting him off on his musical quest as a folksinger. “Ramblin’ Man” starts with a stripped-down presentation but by the final verse it explodes with intensity.

The album ends with “The Village Revisited,” a sprawling, gospel-tinged song about the importance of community that recalls Creedence Clearwater Revival’s take on “Midnight Special” at times and at the end sounds like a party has broken out in the studio.

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 underappreciated.

“A lot of my friends are just getting by day-to-day,” Diekhoff said. “We keep at it, we keep working hard. Hopefully, eventually, things will turn around.”

When Flyover Country comes out in February, Diekhoff will put his solo troubadour days behind him, at least for a while. He’ll hit the road with a band, performing as Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes which includes Jaik Willis, Cody Jensen, & Cosmic Charlie Harris.

Chicago Farmer Solo Supporting Todd Snider:
1/15 Wed – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
1/16 Thu – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
1/21 Tue – Key West Theater – Key West, FL
1/23 Thu – The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL
1/24 Fri – Centro Asturiano de Tampa – Tampa, FL
1/25 Sat – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
1/26 Sun – Iron City Bham – Birmingham, AL
1/29 Wed – Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
1/30 Thu – Victory North – Savannah, GA
1/31 Fri – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
2/1 Sat – Rocky Mount Mills – Rocky Mount, NC

Winter Shows Featuring Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes:
2/7 Fri – The Bootleg – St. Louis, MO
2/8 Sat –  The Eagle’s Theater – Olney, IL
2/9 Sun – Stellar Cellar – Effingham, IL
2/14 Fri – Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
2/15 Sat – Fitzgerald’s Nightclub – Berwyn, IL
2/16 Sun – Anodyne Coffee – Milwaukee, WI
2/20 Thu – Pearl Street Brewery – LaCrosse, WI
2/21 Fri – The Turf Club –  St Paul, MN
2/22 Sat – The Outer Edge – Appleton, WI
2/28 Fri – Southgate House – Newport, KY
2/29 Sat – Duke’s INDY – Indianapolis, IN
3/6 Fri – Redstone Room – Davenport, IA
3/7 Sat – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
3/8 Sun – World Theater – Kearney, NE
3/12 Thu – Magic Rat – Fort Collins, CO
3/13 Fri – Walnut Room – Denver, CO
3/14 Sat – Western Jubilee – Colorado Springs, CO

Further information and tour dates can be found at www.chicagofarmer.com, www.facebook.com/chicagofarmer, instagram.com/chicagofarmermusic, and twitter.com/chicagofarmer.

Announcing Leftover Salmon’s
30 Years Under The Big Top Vinyl Box Set
A Limited Signed and Numbered Edition Commemorating 30 Years as a Band

Pre-order Today at
https://leftover-salmon.myshopify.com/products/30-years-under-the-big-top-vinyl-box-set

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DENVER, CO — Leftover Salmon is excited to announce 30 Years Under The Big Top, a complete vinyl box set containing their music catalog from the past 30 years! 

NPR’s Mountain Stage calls Leftover Salmon, “One of the most fun-loving bands you’ll encounter” and Offbeat says they are, “One of the most spirited, jovial bands of the jam band nation.” Billboard concurs, “By blending so many elements of two-step, rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass and more, they’re able to repeatedly maintain a fresh sound, no matter how many years pass.” 

Leftover Salmon formed in 1989 when members of two Colorado-based bands that occasionally jammed with one another, Vince Herman’s Salmon Heads joined forces with Drew Emmitt’s Left Hand String Band to play a New Year’s Eve show at the Eldo, a live music venue in Crested Butte. 

Now, 30 years later, they are still swimming strong and are celebrating full-tilt boogie with the event “30 Years Under the Big Top” on New Years Eve at the new Mission Ballroom, a circus-themed extravaganza with With Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Lindsay Lou, in Denver, Colorado on December 31. 5280 Magazine says, “This Is the New Year’s Eve Show You Won’t Want to Miss,” and 30 Years Under The Big Top is the box set you won’t want to miss out on getting. 

BoxSet30YearsCover.jpegThis custom box set is a limited edition commemorating 30 years as a band. It includes 10 complete records including all studio albums: Bridges To Bert [1993], Ask The Fish [1995], Euphoria [1997], Nashville Sessions [1999], LIVE [2002], Leftover Salmon [2004], Aquatic Hitchhiker [2012], High Country [2014], Something Higher [2018], From The Living Room Vol. 1 [2019].

The set will also include bonus tracks and previously unreleased music and a 24-page full color booklet all contained in a custom cigarette style box with matte finish and magnetic closure with hand-drawn art by Gary Houston. It is a very limited edition and each set is signed and numbered by Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman. It ships in early 2020.

Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman says, “A long strange swim it’s been for Salmon. Through many incarnations, losses, joys, festivals, bars, barns, mountains, rivers, oceans, benefits, weddings, and goat yoga sessions; we have kept the big ball rolling with a love of music and each other to keep ourselves plowing ahead the only way we know how. Thank you all for letting us have this much fun for so long.”

Pre-order 30 Years Under The Big Top today at https://leftover-salmon.myshopify.com/products/30-years-under-the-big-top-vinyl-box-set. Every pre-order is entered to win season passes for two tickets to every show in 2020 (with some exceptions such as festivals).

For more information, tour dates, and other LoS news, please visit www.LeftoverSalmon.com.

 

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Sticks N’ Thorns on Tour Winter 2020
Featuring Jon Stickley of Jon Stickley Trio and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon

Sticks N’ Thorns is the new project from Leftover Salmon banjoist Andy Thorn and flatpicking guitarist Jon Stickley of the Jon Stickley Trio. Since their teenage years together in North Carolina, Andy and Jon have played together in numerous bands including the Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band (with Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, and Travis Book of The Infamous Stringdusters). At the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival summer Broke Mountain reunited amid rabid excitement (mostly their own). This was slightly more epic than the open mic nights the two had played together back in Durham. 

Today, both Jon and Andy are prominent members of the Jam Grass scene (and still best friends), despite divergent musical paths. Jon stayed in North Carolina and briefly played mandolin with Asheville favorites The Biscuit Burners. Shortly afterwards, he formed his own group, the Jon Stickley Trio, which has been praised by both NPR and the New York Times for the band’s boundary-defying bluegrass. 

Meanwhile, Andy enjoyed a stint in Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, then relocated to Colorado, where he joined the Emmitt-Nershi Band (with Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, and Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon). Soon, Andy joined Leftover Salmon, ending the band’s multi-year hiatus. Leftover Salmon had just been waiting, it turned out, for their “missing banjo link.” Since then, the band has released multiple studio albums, using Andy’s original songs as the title tracks.

Sticks N’ Thorns is for everyone who wants to see what happens when two childhood friends reunite to bring everything they’ve learned from their music careers — and from life on the road —  to their new musical hijinks. Get ready for old-school classics, buddy shenanigans, and genre-defying bluegrass.

Sticks N’ Thorns Winter 2020 Tour Dates:
1/9 Thu – 185 King Street – Brevard, NC
1/10 Fri – The Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
1/11 Sat – The Hunt House – Atlanta, GA
1/12 Sun – 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville, TN *
2/13 Thu – Steamboat Unplugged – Steamboat, CO ^
2/14 Fri – Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO #
2/15 Sat – The Liberty – Telluride, CO
2/16 Sun – The Surf Hotel – Buena Vista, CO
2/17 Mon – Shakedown Bar – Vail, CO
2/19 Wed – The Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO

* w/ Jon Stickley Trio
^ w/ Tyler Grant & Presented by Partners in Routt County & WinterWonderGrass
# w/ Robin Davis

For more information please visit www.facebook.com/JonStickleyTrio and www.facebook.com/andythornmusic