Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

biography

Lindi Ortega gives fair warning: “Don’t come any closer to my heart /If you’re afraid of the dark.”

However, that shroud is slowly lifted in Liberty . As the narrative unfolds in this concept album, a central character emerges – one who finally sheds the darkness of her past and emerges into the light. As melodies and tempos change throughout Liberty , her journey carries her steadily forward. Listen closely and you’ll find Ortega’s experiences in the lyrics too.

“I think the most important thing for me was that I ended on a very positive note because I’ve had so many people tell me that my songs helped them through really hard times in their life,” Ortega says. “That struck a chord for me, because just like everybody else, I have had hard times in my life, and continue to have pockets of difficult moments here and there. If I can provide some sort of solace with my music, then that gives me every reason to make music. I wanted this record to be all about helping people through the darkness.” 

The melodies and arrangements of Liberty draw on the epic work of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who became one of Ortega’s musical obsessions during the writing and recording of Liberty . Moreover she enlisted Nashville producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) when she discovered their shared passion for Quentin Tarantino movies. It is fitting that NPR’s All Things Considered has described Ortega as “ genre-defying in both her music and her personal style.”

During the sessions at Battle Tapes studio in East Nashville, Ortega and Wilson scaled back the boot-stomping, throwback country approach that she’s known for, instead polishing a set of music that reflects her lineage. Her father is Mexican; her mother is Irish. The sonic landscape of Liberty is enhanced by Nashville band Steelism, known for their dramatic blend of pedal steel guitar and electric guitar, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy on harmonica.

In 2017, Ortega opened select dates for Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam. In addition, she married Canadian musician Daniel Huscroft and relocated from Nashville to Calgary. Liberty concludes with “Gracia a la Vida” from the pen of Chilean composer Violetta Parra. The title translates as “Thank you to Life.”

“Even though I always tried to have a silver lining, whether it’s by making my songs tongue-in-cheek, or writing some dark lyrics to happy music, there’s always been an element of balancing light and dark on my previous albums,” Ortega explains. “But this is a full story, and I wanted everybody to be able to take something away from it at the end of the day.”

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Lindi Ortega Releases Video for “Comeback Kid” Via Billboard
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15 New Frontier Artists To Play AmericanaFest 2017
Lindi Ortega’s Video “Waiting ‘Round To Die” Premieres on Huffington Post
Lindi Ortega Featured in Wide Open Country
Rolling Stone Premieres Lindi Ortega’s New Song, “Til The Goin’ Gets Gone”

TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
Mar 24 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Mar 25 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Mar 29 Los Angeles, CA The Moroccan Lounge
Mar 30 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Apr 01 Phoenix, AZ MIM Music Theater
Apr 03 Austin, TX Stubb’s
Apr 04 Dallas, TX Club Dada
Apr 05 Houston, TX McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
Apr 15 Minneapolis, MN Dakota
Apr 17 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Apr 19 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Apr 20 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Apr 21 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Apr 22 Charlotte, NC The Evening Muse
Apr 24 Washington, DC Union Stage
Apr 25 Annapolis, MD Rams Head on Stage
Apr 26 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

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