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
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 received critical raves and won them new fans on both side of the
Atlantic, and created a great deal of excitement for the first official Birds of
Chicago album, slated for release on October 2, 2012.
Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold
tones, is a fine thing