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Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.
Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s haunting.
When backed by their band, it’s a full tilt revival. Nero and Russell are most at home on the road – pick almost any night in the next two years and you can bet they will be in some festival, theater, pub, VFW hall, roller rink (they wish) or living room, dovetailing their voices, singing their songs of hope, despair, love….and electric seahorses. And honey bee apocalypses. And ice cream. It’s familiar and strange stuff – the everyday and the magical. Come see ‘em, they won’t be hard to find.
“Birds of Chicago deliver barefoot, butt-shaking country-rock uplift and somber folk meditations, never skimping on poetry.” -M Music & Musicians Magazine
“Birds of Chicago’ exudes the kind of radiant harmonies and easy acoustic familiarity – spliced with clarinet, accordion and ukulele – that are difficult to fake.” -Houston Press
“Sweet as birdsong.” -Chicago Sun-Times
“New music like this doesn’t come along often enough. Stylistically, the Birds careen from folk to soul to pop to country in a blend of intelligence and influences so immersed in originality that they are consumed by the music. It just sounds like Birds of Chicago, which is a very good thing.” -Toledo Blade
“Beautiful American roots music.” -Deli Radio