Primary Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist
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.
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....
“This year’s biggest roots surprise.” L.A. Times
“Songwriting genius.” Five star review; Maverick-UK
“Slinky, vulnerable and reverent of the Memphis soul of yore.” Chicago Tribune
“Two of the most compelling new voices in Americana roots music.” Chicago Sun-Times
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