Type Music
  Americana, Soul, Blues,

  Birds of Chicago, is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.

Nero and Russell are most at home on the road singing their songs of hope, despair, love .... and electric seahorses. And honey bee apocalypses. And ice cream. It's familiar and strange stuff - the everyday and the magical.

  Ideally the band tours as a quintet, in Europe, however, often as a quartet.


2012 – Birds of Chicago
2013 – Live From Space

Home Base
  Austin, Texas

Type Music

Country, Americana, Tex-Mex


The talent with the pen can lead a person in multiple directions. It lead Mike Blakely to write songs and books.

As a singer/songwriter, he has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and has made16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, john Arthur martinez, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, and others. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.

As an author, he has published 17 books released by major New York City publishers. His last two books were co-writes, one with Willie Nelson, the other with Kenny Rogers. A native Texan, Mike earned a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas.

Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year.

Today, Mike plays more as a solo artist, or in a duo or trio configuration at listening rooms, house concerts, festivals, and private parties. His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.


Solo, duo, trio or quartet.


Ride River Ride the River
West of You West of You
Dust 2001 – In the Dust
Faded Blue 2004 – Faded Blue
Any Sky 2004 – Any Sky
Moonlight 2006 – Careless Moonlight
Get Western 2007 – Get Western
Blakely Martinez 2007 – Blakely / Martinez
Uptown 2007 – Live at the Uptown
2008 – Rrest of the Breed
Homemade Serenade 2010 – Homemade Serenade


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