On his sixth album, Backenforth, IL, the man known as Chicago Farmer keeps on keepin’ on, creating song cycles that celebrate the heartland of America and its people. Like a modern day Woody Guthrie, the Farmer knows his roots and where he comes from, and he lets the listener know on every one of his albums and at every show he performs that he will never forget that. He is a man who shares that love with anyone who listens.
Backenforth, IL may only clock in at 31 minutes, but in that time, 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 the Chicago Farmer accomplishes on his albums.
Backenforth, IL is self-released and out now.