Birds of Chicago is a collective of soul-inflected, groove-based Americana centered around husband-wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell. Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds music seamlessly spanning genres, drawing on the soulful balladry of the gospel tradition while simultaneously embracing deep grooves of country and soul. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news. 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. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter with a simmering restraint. Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following. For these Birds, singing for a room full of people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows.