2019 ROCK THE FARM
THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS
with special guest
The Way Down Wanderers are from the very heartland of America – central Illinois, Peoria, to be exact – which is reflected in their distinctive sound, which draws on elements of bluegrass, but also touches on classic rock influences including the multi-part harmonies of the Beach Boys and The Band’s hybrid soul, as well as the roots qualities of The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with surprising elements of jazz, classical music and even hip-hop.
The Way Down Wanderers released their second album in 2019 "Illusions" along with a video debut the album's song "All My Words".
"Somewhere on the spectrum between Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons lies the spirited bluegrass-based artistry of The Way Down Wanderers. It is joyful, daring and occasionally sublime.” - Associated Press
“The Way Down Wanderers intricate, hypnotic rhythms call to mind 'Bittersweet Symphony' more than bluegrass traditional."
- Rolling Stone Country
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.
“This is not your average ‘man with guitar.’ Chicago Farmer’s approach to solo folk music is traditional, but his soul & energy are uncommonly powerful. Arriving with his classic acoustic guitar style is a voice smooth but broken-in that sounds wise beyond its years. He will stomp out a beat in leather boots to drive home a point and throw down a handsome harmonica solo to put a song over the top. The songs are about the places he’s been and the people he’s met, so local ideas are abound in this music from the heart.”- CBS Chicago
Jeni Bratcher “That Folkin Girl” a singer/songwriter from the Heartland’s. A folk singer who sings from the heart, warm and soulful with a hint of jazz, taste of old country and blend of Americana journeying into a sound all her own. Her lyrical writing and powerful vocals pull you in and make hearts swell. Along her side is Andrew Brucker. He is a farmer who knows things, grows things and plays the mandolin. Jeni hopes her music will leave you smiling, feet tapping, full of heart. Just maybe inspiring you to be a bit more kind to one another..and to yourself.