Birds of Chicago, which will be returning for CHIRP on Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m., is a collective based around Allison Russell and J.T. Nero.
Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal muse, Russell. Both were singer/songwriters with projects of their own — Nero with JT and the Clouds, and Russell with the Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, which performed for CHIRP in 2010. Nero had found the voice for his rock and roll psalms and the companion for his life. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter as well as mother. The couple now has a daughter, Ida Maeve, who travels with them. This concert has been most underwritten by Naomi Manners Stern.