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The Birds of Chicagowith Ben Bedford
Friday, October 10th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.
Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell - two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.

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.

For several years Russell and Nero's respective bands, Po' Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago, IL), collaborated extensively. But on 2011's Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record. Naturally, a great deal of excitement for the self-titled debut CD which was released in 2012. Birds of Chicago has been called "refreshing and rewarding" by the Chicago Sun Times.

"Some of the finest poetry and roots melodies you'll hear in this lifetime" - No Depression

Official Website: www.birdsofchicago.com
Song Samples: Trampoline
Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles.

Often drawing upon history, Bedford's songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford's portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives.

Bedford's songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier's wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

"A truly inspired and talented storyteller." - Maverick

Official Website: www.BenBedford.com
Song Samples: Twenty One
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