Birds of Chicago alight in Camden

Sep 15, 2018
Birds of Chicago features Allison Russell and JT Nero.

Camden — Americana faves Birds of Chicago, who call their music “secular gospel,” will perform Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1.

The Birds’ Allison Russell and JT Nero used to cross paths on the road when on tour with their own bands (Po’ Girl; JT and the Clouds). They joined up musically and then — as these things happen — they became a couple. Built around their chemistry and fire, Birds of Chicago has included a core band of empathetic assassins since it took to the road full time.

Birds of Chicago has been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana world since its inception in late 2012. With its new album, “Love in Wartime,” Birds of Chicago is set to both confirm that roots world buzz and break on through to a wider audience.

Using stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered, the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition: every word counts; every note counts; music is the good news. Singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows.

“Any act of love is an act of bravery. These songs are snapshots of covenants, big and small, of trust and understanding. We want to give people some good news, and we want them to be able to dance when they hear it,” said Russell.

Birds of Chicago will be performing with opener Smoky and the Mirror. General admission tickets are $32 in advance, $36 at the door, available online at; and at the door an hour prior to the start of the show.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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