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Songs & Stories at The Twelve Bar: August Sessions

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4500 North Prospect Road

Peoria Heights, IL 61616

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Join us for a very special edition of Songs & Stories at The Twelve Bar featuring two of the Midwest’s troubadours of songwriting and storytelling, the legendary Chicago Farmer and music ambassador Ben Wright (of Henhouse Prowlers and Bluegrass Ambassadors).

NOTE: Due to limited seating and an anticipated full house, this special edition of S&S will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be $10 in advance / $15 at the door (if not sold out ahead of time). Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Songs & Stories is a new intimate live music series highlighting the ever-growing Central Illinois music scene with talented songwriters, showcasing ALL ORIGINAL MUSIC with the stories that inspired the songs.

Your favorite artist was once an emerging local musician. Join us in celebrating original music from local musicians every first Wednesday at The Twelve Bar!

Our August 2019 Sessions will feature songs & stories by:

Chicago Farmer (90-minute set!)
Ben Wright of Henhouse Prowlers
and S&S house band, The Highway Kind

About the featured artists:

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.

“You can smell the dirt in the fields, hear the wind as it blows across the plains, and see the people that Chicago Farmer sings about. Each track captures a moment in time, whether for a person or a particular place. Imagine if a John Steinbeck short story had been written as a song, and this will give you a fairly good idea as to what Chicago Farmer accomplishes on his albums.”

— HONEST TUNE

Ben Wright, a founding member of the Henhouse Prowlers, started his bluegrass journey in Chicago after seeing a banjo in the window of the Old Town School of Folk Music in mid-October of 1999. That $200 impulse buy turned itself slowly into a career spanning thousands of notes, friends and miles. When not playing the banjo, Ben not-so-quietly obsesses over shipwrecks and Nintendo.

While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of Henhouse Prowlers’ music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own.

With over 175 shows a year, the quartet has toured over 25 countries, often going to places traditional American music has never been.

Tours in Siberia or the Middle East are not uncommon since the Prowlers started working as cultural ambassadors (Bluegrass Ambassadors) with the US State Department in 2013. These global experiences have pushed the band in new directions musically, with songs from Africa and Asia on several albums, but they have also moved the group to start an educational outreach program for both school children and festival-goers alike.


Join us for this very special intimate evening of songs and stories!

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