Many Islanders know Jeremy Lindsay as the son of Ben and Norene Lindsay, nephew of Chick and Joy Richards, and lead singer of JT and the Clouds: “their music is Chicago music-–rough edged, sad, hopeful, and shot through with soul.”
Jeremy’s amazing talent has continued to evolve, with the formation of JT Nero, and collaboration with Allison Russell, whose band is Po’ Girl of Vancouver, B.C.
In 2011 they released “Mountains/Forests,” which “received critical raves and won them new fans on both sides of the Atlantic.”
According to the Birds of Chicago website, “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, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s haunting. Fired by the band, it’s a full tilt revival.”
JT’s most recent evolution involves Birds of Chicago, a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell, who “have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.”
Birds of Chicago is currently in the midst of a well-received European tour, including an appearance at the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam. The band will be in the U.K. and Ireland for the entire month of April, and into the first week of May. Ireland will include the Pat Kenny Show on April 24 and a concert at Whelan’s in Dublin that night.
Back in the United States, Birds of Chicago will be appearing at SPACE in Evanston where the performance will be recorded, with plans to be released as a live album in the early fall. The album “will feature several new BOC songs and also older chestnuts that people have been bugging us to re-record Birds style.”
Fans on Washington Island will be pleased to know that Birds of Chicago will perform this summer at the TPAC on Friday, June 21.
Birds of Chicago has also been nominated in “The Alternate Root Magazine” Annual Reader’s Choice Awards, in the category: Roots/Americana Artist, Duo or Group Pushing the Envelope. Readers can vote for them at
They conclude their latest press release with words most fitting for those of us living on the Island: “That’s it for now–see you out there soon–-hope you’re all feeling the renewal of spring even if it’s under a foot of snow.”
By Lori Goodwin
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