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Birds of Chicago, the collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, reassert the simple notion – radical in these times – that beautiful words and music can still tap deep veins of emotion.
Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news and Real Midnight, the band’s poignant new Joe Henry produced album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic.
Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry.
Roots band Birds of Chicago formed in 2012 as a collaboration between Chicago’s JT Nero (JT & the Clouds) and Vancouver’s Allison Russell (Po’ Girl).
Thanks to a strong partnership between Cinema Salem and Creative Salem 2016 saw the beginnings of the live event series at the Cinema featuring live acts such as Jonathon Edwards and Ari Hest and original programming which included Old School Game Show, You Have Died of Dysentery and Foli. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events in 2017! See some highlights from 2016