Allison Russell

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Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell was born in Montreal, where music became an outlet to escape her troubled home.

From that early interest, Russell joined the Canadian roots act Po'Girl in the early aughts.

Eventually, she began collaborating with her future husband, Chicago-based singer/songwriter J.T. Nero, on his project mountains/forests until the pair eventually formed their own duo, Birds of Chicago, in 2012.

They released several albums together until Birds of Chicago went on indefinite hiatus in 2021, as Russell turned her attention to her solo career with the release of her debut solo album Outside Child.

Russell is also a member of Our Native Daughters, alongside Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah and Leyla McCalla. The group released their debut album, Songs of Our Native Daughters, in 2019.

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Allison Russell, Elles Bailey and More Win at UK Americana Awards 2023

The illustrious list of winners was revealed during a ceremony at London's Hackney Empire on Thursday, January 26.

Steve Dawson - Gone, Long Gone

Steve Dawson - Gone, Long Gone

The delightful Gone, Long Gone should finally put Dawson on the popular radar, establishing him as the major talent he is. But if not, he will keep plugging away, juggling a variety of hats and contributing to music with his subtle, understated touch.

Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange Album Cover

Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange

For Staff Picks, we share with you our favourite new releases that you need to listen to. This week, it's Amythyst Kiah's Wary + Strange - a mesmerizing, frequently hypnotic and always challenging work.

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Watch Allison Russell, Brittney Spencer and Brandi Carlile Sing on 'Kimmel'

The trio performed a special version of Russell's single 'Nightflyer'.

Holler Weekly Podcast Ep 9 with Baylen Leonard and Kelly Sutton

Holler Weekly Ep.09

Garth Brooks' National Geographic Series, Allison Russell's new album Outside Child and memories of the Grand Ole Opry are all discussed on another episode of Holler Weekly.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Allison Russell

What’s particularly special about Russell’s choices and the stories behind them, is how they relate directly to the autobiographical nature of her own record. Having dealt with such trauma and abuse growing up, music and writing have been a vehicle for her to make sense of it and find her way out. Each of her choices tell part of that story.