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by JT Nero

Soulful, solo effort from the lead singer of JT and the Clouds featuring Allison Russell and Benny Sidelinger of Po' Girl, Michelle McGrath, and all of the Clouds as the backup band.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Mountains/Forests
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2. Mi Salvador What's Happenin'
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3. Lowlanders
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4. Roll Tide
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5. North Star
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6. Grey Ghost
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7. Gallup, NM
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8. Red Balloon
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9. Oh! Sunny Day
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10. Double Helix (Rainbow)
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Album Notes
JT NERO, wandering mystic, stumbling misfit, moping misanthrope, movable feaster, crooner, poet!
Father played point guard for the Washington Generals, the team that traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters, in the 70’s, losing every night while serving as their comic punching bags.
Most of JT’s beliefs about the absurdity of life and the inevitability of loss were formed in these years.
Learned doo wop songs and spirituals from Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal, two of the most famous Globetrotters, on the back of the team bus, and still cites these two men as his biggest musical influences.
Has developled into a fearsome singer and songwriter, known intergalactically for his work leading the eclectic soul outfit JT and the Clouds, and his constant touring and collaborating with Canadian roots bedazzlers, Po’ Girl.
Is set to release “mountains/forests” a delicious set of small tragic-comedies, recorded over two days in a north wisconsin cabin with contributions from the Clouds, Po’ Girl.
It’s a real singers record, centerpieced by JT’s harmony work with Po’ Girl’s Allison Russell and Michelle McGrath, late of The Capital Sun Rays.
Is coming first to Eastern US and Canada, and then to the British Isles and Europe, to absolutely explode your mind and spirit, then rebuild them with love and gentle care.


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Luc Bezemer

Everybody should have this record, it's sooooo good !!!!
I already liked Po'Girl a lot, isn't it Alli ? They introduced me to JT this spring, so I got to know the JT and the Clouds albums too.
They really blew me away. Now this collaboration between the two bands. If this isn't worth a grammy, I don't now who'll get it. Please folks if you like alt folk you have to buy this record real quick.
It's album of the year for me !!


The first notes of JT Nero's Mountains/Forests are welcoming.  The album proves quick, a stumbled upon signpost to some backyard moon and lantern lit gathering where steady snaps, crickets and slide guitar suggest you might even know these songs.  Sway, sing along--either way you're invited.  
In a tradition of songwriting that 'hurts so good', the record attends to sadness, but in Nero fashion you're not quite sure whether everyone's softly laughing or crying.  And probably it's both.  Consistent with JT's body of work and bigger band project JT & the Clouds, here the coupling is more tender, intimate, and perhaps most successful.  JT is telling you secrets.   The world decays.  The sun, wind and trees console.  Precious things break and rebuild throughout.  There's a storytellers style attention to that relationship between man, weary or triumphant, and nature.  But he's simply painting pictures too, or taking snapshots.  A sort of Imagist, local color journey across an American landscape.  
Beautiful female BGVs cradle JT's lead, flitting overhead like fireflies or the live crickets present in the flawless mix, nothing overpowering, just perfect...  I've got an image of these women, in that backyard.  They're touching shoulders, swaying too...the wind blows their light dresses.  
On Mountains/Forests, a friend of mine has said, "...never a more perfect pairing of lyric and melody", his expression suggesting complete awe in some supernatural derivation.  After you've been to this party, and sat through the dark quiet moment after when solitude becomes again real, I dare you to disagree.