JT Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Allison 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. Russell writes gorgeous, unpredictable songs. Nero is a distinctly American songwriter, listing Mark Twain and Sam Cooke among his biggest songwriting influences. Together they are Birds of Chicago. Both JT and Allison have appeared at High Sierra before. JT Nero with his band, JT & The Clouds and Allison as a member of Po’Girl. On the road is where this duo is most at home. - 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 sea horses. 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.