Two of the most talked about new voices in North American Roots music, JT Nero and Allison Russell, and the collective Birds of Chicago will perform Saturday as part of the Center for the Arts Discover Series.
With the 2012 release of an album by the same name, Birds of Chicago has received extensive college radio play in the U.S., garnered rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and sung and championed by No Depression, Jambase, Daytrotter, Audio Tree and Americana UK.
For years the two collaborated — Russell with her Vancouver-based band, Po’ Girl and Nero with his Chicago-based band, Clouds.
On the 2011 recording “Mountains/Forests,” the duo tapped into the power of their voices together.
It also featured the full cast of characters that would round out the Birds of Chicago ensemble — the Clouds and Michelle McGrath, the singer and picker from the hidden hills of Southeast Ohio.
Listeners will hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, the music can be haunting or fired by the band, it becomes a full-tilt revival.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $18 for members of the Center, $22 for the general public and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op. The Off Center Stage is located at 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley. For more, visit www.birdsofchicago.com.