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.
2012's release BIRDS of CHICAGO has been called "As refreshing and rewarding as morning in the reeds with the Audobon Society" by Thomas Connor of the Chicago Sun Times. This debut offering by Birds of Chicago has garnered Rave reviews on both sides of the atlantic. The album is as beautifully written as it is sung and has been Championed by No Depression, Jambase, Daytrotter, Audio Tree, Americana UK as well as recieving extensive US college radio play.
Birds of Chicago are currently Touring Internationally behind this record - Catch them at any number of Festivals around the U.S. and Europe this Summer and Fall.
A bit of History on Birds of Chicago
For several years Russell and Nero’s respective bands, Po' Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago, IL), have collaborated extensively, but on 2011’s Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record. It also featured the full cast of characters that would round out the Birds of Chicago ensemble -- the Clouds and Michelle McGrath, the luminous singer and picker from the hidden hills of Southeast Ohio.
The record "Mountains/Forests" received critical raves and won them new fans on both side of the Atlantic, and created a great deal of excitement for the self titled debut which was release in October of 2012 and celebrated with a 4 month Co album rlease tour w/ Bay Area artist Sean Hayes.
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. Fired by the 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.
Canada : Todd Jordan - Paquin Entertainment - firstname.lastname@example.org -
UK: Bob Butler - Grapevine Agency - email@example.com - www.grapevinemusicagency.co.uk
The Netherlands : Sandra Zuidema - ldmbookings - sandra@ldmbookings - www.ldmbookings.nl
North America : Larry Meyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK: GPromo - Geraint Jones - email@example.com,
Netherlands: Lucky Dice Music - Sandra Zuidema - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.luckydice.nl