Country music recording artist Cory Farley, a Decorah native, is perfoming in concert with his Nashville-based band Saturday, June 29, at Nob Hill Ballroom in Decorah.
The concert, a CD release party for The Cory Farley Band's new album, "Songs From the Bed of My Truck," starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door; children 12 and under are admitted free.
Farley was born in Decorah and grew up on a farm off Locust road about 12 miles north of town. He went to school at North Winneshiek from pre-K till his 11th grade year. When North Winn closed down he went to Decorah to finish out his high school education and graduated from Decorah in 2004.
In 2012, Farley and his band opened for Marty Stuart at the country music icon's concert for "Light Up the Bluff." In an exclusive interview with Decorah Newspapers before that concert, Farley described the roots of his interest in country music.
"I have always had a thing for music," Farley said. "My parents listened to country for the most part, but I think my first memory of country music would be at my Grandpa Farley's farm. He had a really old radio hanging on a pole in the barn and it was always playing country music while he was milking cows. Last time I was home I went into that barn -- he hasn't milked cattle for over 10 years, but that old radio is still hanging on that pole."
Farley said he always looks forward to playing to home-town audiences.
"I just want to thank everyone from back home in Iowa who has been supportive of me as I run down this dream. It means the world to me, all the emails and phone calls I get from people telling me they have my back 100 percent," he said. "If it weren't for the way I was raised, and where I was raised, I don't think I would be doing what I'm doing today."