Birds of Chicago announceMay 4th as the release date for their upcoming albumLove in Wartime on Signature Sounds, and share the first track “RollAway“. Led by JT Nero and Allison Russell, Birds of Chicago are known for their seamless combination of rock n roll meets “near perfect Americana” (No Depression). Nero and Russell recently recorded Love in Wartime, an album envisioned as a cinematic rock n roll suite, with producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars)at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago.
The first single “RollAway” was written as a shot in the arm for the heartsick, hibernating or otherwise embittered, and invokes the rites of spring with the very real sense that there’s no time to lose. “The mission is simple: get people to a dance floor and get some love lights switched on,” says Russell. The song’s message is even simpler: it’s never too late. “RollAway” embodies what critics loved about Birds of Chicago’s 2016 albumReal Midnight, produced with Joe Henry- joyously urgent rock songs with deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and fevered musicality.
Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started 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. Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation. For more information on tour dates and artist updates visit birdsofchicago.com.
MAR 8 THU – BRIC House Sessions: Womanly Hips Presents Victory Boyd – Brooklyn, NY, United States
MAR 9 FRI – Hopewell Theater – Hopewell, NJ, United States
MAR 23 FRI – Concert Hall – Greenwood Coalition Imaginate Conference – Cobourg, ON, Canada
APR 5 THU – The Turf Club – St Paul, MN, United States
APR 6 FRI – Back Room at Colectivo presented by Pabst Theatre Group – Milwaukee, WI, United States
APR 7 SAT – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI, United States
APR 8 SUN – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL, United States
APR 12 THU – South on Main – Smokey & The Mirror – Little Rock, AR, United States
APR 20 FRI – Stadsschouwburg de Harmonie – Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, Netherlands
APR 21 SAT – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
APR 22 SUN – Cultureel Cafe De Amer – Amen, The Netherlands, Netherlands