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    Love in Wartime, out now

    Love in Wartime is finally released to the world!  This was an incredible recording to make.  Four days at Electrical Audio, Steve Albini’s studio in Chicago.  Poignantly, we began recording on the day Trump was inaugurated into office.  It felt like a holding a beam of light during a very dark hour.  For me ‘holding the light’ is what this record is all about.  You can stream it here, but buy the vinyl as it sounds amazing:

    People are saying some really nice things about the guitar playing too:

    The title track delivers a haunting reflection on the nature of love in difficult times. The song’s sonic structure recalls Jackson Browne’s “Late for the Sky,” culminating as Browne’s song does, too, with aching steel guitar creating an overwhelming moment of cosmic beauty and transcendence. – No Depression, 2018

    Love in Wartime starts off as an achingly beautiful vocal duet as the pair celebrate the humdrum elements of daily life finding beauty in them (“Morning dew on the petal, steam on up from the kettle”) before a stirring slide guitar solo carries the song to a glorious end. – Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke


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    Summer shows with the Birds of Chicago

    It’s been a great summer playing with the Birds of Chicago.  We played some memorable festivals in Colorado, California, Minnesota, and in Manitoba at the Winnipeg Folk Fest.  Below is a shot of us performing in a Redwood grove at Berklee’s Botanical Garden.

    Much more to come with the Birds including some Ontario Festivals, and a September tour taking us from Nashville all the way to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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    Vinyl Cafe tour highlights

    The Birds of Chicago were the Vinyl Cafe’s musical guests on a recent tour.  We toured through the beautiful American midwest and played some incredible theaters.  Here are some highlights:

    Chris Merril, Joel Schwartz, Stuart McLean, Birds of Chicago
    Jamming with Stuart McLean!

    Vinyl Cafe, Birds of Chicago

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio

    Joel Schwartz Birds of Chicago Vinyl Cafe