JT Nero (of JT and the Clouds) and Allison Russell (of Po’ Girl) create stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture or a lost folk song recovered; a new, secular gospel of sorts. Every word and note counts. Real Midnight, the Birds of Chicago’s poignant 2016 Joe Henry-produced album, throbbed with an urgency that felt quietly seismic. 

Known for their "near perfect Americana" (No Depression), after recording their 2017 sprawling rock and roll circus of an album, Love in Wartime, Nero had a suite of songs remaining. Having recently relocated to Nashville, they recorded an acoustic E.P. at Steve Dawson’s Henhouse Studio. New friends Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and Maya de Vitry of The Stray Birds got in on the fun, and the Birds soon emerged with the raw, spontaneous, and warm American Flowers, the previous album’s cousin from the country. It rounds out Birds of Chicago’s offering of healing, communion and celebration of life in a dark and troubled time. 

Daniel Rodriguez of Colorado’s lauded transcendental folk band Elephant Revival opens the show.

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