TVD Recommends: Birds of Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music, 2/14 (& vinyl giveaway)

Sometimes it seems like in an effort to cash in on the growing popularity of indie-folk music, artists tend to forget one important thing—soul. Folk music without soul might as well just be pop music with a banjo. Newly formed Birds of Chicago do folk music right. And after looking at the duo’s track record, you wouldn’t expect anything less.

Birds of Chicago is made up of Allison Russell from Vancouver based Po’ Girl, and Jeremy “JT Nero” Lindsay of Chicago’s JT & the Clouds. Having released their debut album last fall, the pair has been touring across the country, playing both as a duo and utilizing their tight-knit family of musicians for the “full band” vibe.

Nero and Russell have so seamlessly blended their styles of mountain gospel, roots country, and classic soul, that each song sounds simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing. The duo will be playing in town on Thursday while touring around the Midwest before preparing for a jaunt to the UK in the Spring.

The show starts this Thursday, 2/14, at 7:30 PM in the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music – 4544 N Lincoln Ave. Birds of Chicago will be opening up for Colorado folk group, Elephant Revival. Tickets are on sale to the general public for $17 and to Old Town School Members for $15 through the school’s website.

While he’s not making up half of Birds of Chicago, JT Nero keeps himself busy fronting Chicago rock/soul group JT & the Clouds. In advance of this week’s Birds of Chicago show, we’re giving away a vinyl copy of JT & the Clouds latest release, Caledonia, to one lucky reader. Here’s what Americana UK had to say about the release:

Caledonia is ten songs of something a little bit country, a little bit soul, a slight jazziness, a glug of Motown and it is all wrapped up with tenderness. Caledonia undoubtedly flies the flag of all JT’s influences and quite shamelessly too, there are moments of nostalgia hidden away but it still gives a modern pop hint.

Fever Dream
Low July
I Have Heard Words
Playing Dozens
How It Runs
The Wolf
Grow Your Flowers
Nobody Wants To Be Alone Nobody Wants To Die

For a chance to win a vinyl copy of JT & the Clouds’ Caledonia, share with us in the comments of this post your favorite musician who has lent their talents to more than one project. I’ll start things off with Dave Grohl for his work with Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, and many more.

A winner with a North American mailing address will be chosen on the day of the upcoming Birds of Chicago show, Thursday, 2/14.

Birds of Chicago Official | Facebook | JT & the Clouds Official | Facebook

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  • angkaplan

    So with their recent rise in popularity, I feel like I want to include a “But I liked him before anyone knew who he was!” comment, but Nate Ruess (of fun. fame) is one of my favorite songwriters. Before fun., he was in The Format — an amazing band, check them out if you haven’t, you’ll love them. Nate also recently worked with Pink (Just Give Me A Reason) and Ke$ha (Die Young). 

    Not nearly as many projects as Dave Grohl, but he’ll get there.

  • nayr

    How about Jack White? Starting with the White Stripes. But then moving to the Raconteurs, the Dead Wheather, and even a solo album. Pretty talented guy.

  • TiaRaeeee

    Instantly I thought of Jack White because he’s amazing, but someone already wrote that. So I’m going to go with Justin Townes Earle. He produced Wanda Jackson’s amazing new album and still puts out amazing work

  • Zimm

    I’m not going to say he’s my favorite artist with hands in multiple projects, but Mark Mothersbaugh has certainly stayed busy with Devo, scoring several Wes Anderson films, TV soundtracks, and even having music featured in a handful of video games

  • nikitajulia

    I’m going to say Travis Barker for Blink-182, The Transplants, +44, Box Car Racer, and TRV$DJAM.

  • James ONeil

    I have to go with Josh Freese. Amazing drummer and has Devo / Weezer / The Vandals / A Perfect Circle all under his belt.

  • KaFroem

    Neil Young, Why? We’ve got Buffalo Springfield, CSNY and solo albums that are amazing!

  • DanFiorio

    I’d have to go with Damon Albarn the front man of Blur who also went on to form the largely popular Gorillaz project a group that has showcased many genres in their as well as collaborations.

  • ericslager

    The winner has been notified! Please check your E-mail!


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