"We play 200 plus shows a year .. We tramp across the continents, by land, by sea.. And we trust Reunion Blues to get our instruments safely to the next gig - no matter how rough the passage...Accept no substitute!"
Birds of Chicago, "This year's biggest roots surprise" says L.A. Times, is a collective built around husband and wife duo JT Nero (Chicago, IL) and Allison Russell (Montreal, QC). Since forming in 2012, they’ve toured internationally 10+ months of the year.
Birds of Chicago’s self-titled debut album, released at the beginning of 2013, was a critics' darling – with glowing praise rolling in from both sides of the Atlantic for Nero and Russell's evocative poetry and simmering vocals. The decision to put their respective bands (JT’s “JT & The Clouds” & Allison's "Po' Girl") on hiatus and tour together was a pivotal move, applauded by their fans, and growing numbers of new listeners.
After a year of hard touring, and much buzzed about appearances at summer festivals (Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Hillside, Delfest, Vancouver Island among others) the band decided to record a live album in front of their hometown fans. The result "Live from Space" released January 2014, captures this rising band in absolute top form. By turns raw, raucous, whispered and hushed, it revealed the band's full dynamic range. Americana UK says, "Live From SPACE" leaves no genre unaccounted for, no touchstone unturned. A Cappella spiritual, soul, acoustic balladry, driving country rock - it’s all there. And that’s only the first four tracks."
Russell and Nero are most at home on the road, zigzagging across North America and Europe in their family band van, with their new baby daughter, Ida Maeve, in tow. Coming soon to some festival, theater, pub, VFW hall, roller rink or living room near you - dovetailing their voices in songs of hope, despair, love.... and electric seahorses. It's familiar and strange stuff - the everyday and the magical - light and shadow, shadow and light.