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Phil Lesh closed out his 79th birthday run at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday night with help from Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm and Birds Of Chicago’s Allison Russell – listen to full show audio.
About Birds of Chicago
Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as 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 in 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 2nd, 2012.
Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s chilling. Fired by a full band, it’s a full tilt revival.
Nero and Russell are most at home on the road – pick almost any night in the next two years and you can bet they will be in some festival, theater, pub, VFW hall, roller rink (they wish) or living room dovetailing their voices, singing their songs of hope, despair, love…. and electric seahorses.And honey bee apocalypses. And ice cream. It’s familiar and strange stuff – the everyday and the magical. Come see ’em, they won’t be hard to find.
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The Prince Estate and Warner Records unearthed and shared Prince’s late-1970s acoustic demo of “I Feel For You.”
Bruce Hornsby teamed with Bon Iver for a pair of songs on Thursday night at The Anthem in Washington D.C.
Holly Bowling talks “The Art Of The Setlist” after “The Rundown” of recent news stories on Episode 48 of ‘The JamBase Podcast.’
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio nodded to the upcoming Oysterhead reunion by unveiling the acoustic version of “Mr. Oysterhead” on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio.