Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. 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. Their sweet and sour vocal mix treads the dusty Americana roads of country, soul, folk, and rock.
Their most recent release, Real Midnight, with its poignant songwriting and richly realized production courtesy of Grammy-winner Joe Henry, raises the band's profile considerably.
Nero's fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell's silver and gold tones is a fine thing. 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.
Two of the most compelling new voices on the Americana music scene.” Chicago Sun-Times
"Poetry set to some of the finest roots melodies you'll hear in this lifetime." Alan Harrison, No Depression