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JT Nero looking forward to stripped down tour with Po’ Girl’s Allison Russell

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There won’t be any crazy costumes, sarongs or assorted weirdness, just good music when Chicago soul/ blues/ singer JT Nero returns to the Geomatic Attic, May 1 with multi-instrumentalist, Allison Russell of Po’ Girl.Allison Russell and JT Nero. Photo from www.jtandtheclouds.com/nero/

“Last time I was there was on Halloween. I was touring with Po’ Girl. I was shirtless, has a yin yang sign drawn on my chest in marker and I was wearing a sarong. I can promise that won’t be happening again,” said JT, or Jeremy Lindsay in real life.

“This show will be different. It will be a lot more intimate and acoustic duo with just me and Allison,” he continued.

“It will be nice. Everything will be really stripped down. The songs won’t be dressed up at all,” he said.


“The songs have to work without being all dressing them up,” he said.


 He and Russell spent some time driving out to Seattle from Chicago for the beginning of their tour.


“ I love it a lot. Chicago is an important part of who I am and what I do, so when I have time off I like to spend as much time there as possible. It is very inspirational. We had a couple weeks off, so I wanted to take some time to decompress,” Lindsay said.

 He took some time off from his band JT and the Clouds, who released a CD ‘Caledonia’ last year, to record a solo, acoustic CD with Allison Russell. They met through mutual friends.

“We’ve sort of been collaborating for years,” he said.


“So it’s been a natural progression to get her on the CD,” he continued

 

The Lethbridge date is one of a very quick Canadian swing before he and Russell go back to the United States to tour around Texas, and then the Netherlands.


When writing songs, he likes to create something that is open to interpretation by everybody.


“Songs are less about writing to a formulas and more about emotion for me. It is not just A to B To C anymore,” he said adding he likes to leave his songs for the audience to find their own interpretations.

“ I like listening to music that makes you think. So I write music that makes the listener work to find their own meaning. I just hope it’s worth their time,” he continued.

The show begins at 8 p.m., May 1. Tickets are $25 Members, $27.50 Non-members and $30 at the door.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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