For this edition of Songwriter Showcase, Natalie’s welcomes Chicago Farmer and Edward David Anderson, two fine singer-songwriters.
Lyrically driven, Chicago Farmer( aka Cody Diekhoff) 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.His voice is powerful and gritty, emotionally piercing while subtly imbuing additional layers of meaning and poignancy in his lyrical delivery. Cody’s song-writing is deeply rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit, perspicacity and that certain savior-faire.
“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. Chicago Farmer is my brother; if you like me, you’ll love him.”-Todd Snider
Edward David Anderson is one of music’s modern makers, a rock & roll veteran who fronted the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages Anderson penned 8 albums for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada. Their eventual hiatus fostered his solo debut, Lies & Wishes working with friend and Grammy winning producer Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. He quickly immersed himself into the rich and welcoming LA music scene where he met producer Anthony Crawford (Neil Young, Willie Sugarcapps) and recorded “:Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions” The album floats melodiously on rivers of fiddle and clouds of pedal steel, on gentle acoustic guitars and hints of piano, dusted with some ghostly guitar from Will Kimbrough and striking vocal harmony by Crawford’s wife, singer Savana Lee. The nine-song collection steps firmly into the Americana world.
Now in its fifth year, Songwriter Showcase presents the finest national and regional singer-songwriters. Host Eric Gnezda is an award-winning songwriter and creator of the American Public Television series, Songs at the Center, which airs on more than 145 stations across America, and features many of the artists who appear on Natalie’s stage.