If you've been following the national folk or indie music scenes for some time - going to festivals and whatnot - chances are you've come across Po'Girl and JT & the Clouds. Both these bands have earned considerable praise and attention from fans and critics across the spectrum. And, both these bands have shared members on recording projects and whatnot through the years. Recently, though, on JT Nero's last "solo" album, it turned out that Allison Russell of Po'Girl was playing and singing on pretty much every song. So, the pair realized they had something worth pursuing and struck out on their own to explore what they could do as a duo.
A Kickstarter campaign, an album, and a tour later, they're known as Birds of Chicago - a musical collective ranging from just the two of them to, at times, a seven-piece band at festivals and on other larger stages. The sound they strike is about halfway between what might have occurred with the melding of their former bands, and the result is beautiful, imaginative folk-pop. Learn more about Birds of Chicago with this brief interview.
image: Birds of Chicago promo photo