Over the last couple of years there’s been a divide in the Nashville scene. It has spawned the rise of a number of artists that have thrived without the support of traditional country music outlets. Musicians like Jason Isbell and Sturgil Simpson have racked up the Grammy wins and are selling out shows all across the country. What Nashville is looking for now is a female artist who can connect with audiences in the same way. The woman they are looking for might have just left town in a U-Haul and headed to Canada.
Lindi Ortega’s career spanned a decade in Nashville before she and her husband decided to move back to their native Canada. Ortega’s strongest point has always been her voice. It has a hypnotic quality that sucks the listener in and she has put it on display again with her latest record ‘Liberty.’ The record is being dubbed a Spaghetti Western concept album. It follows a protagonist from a place of darkness to happiness with a slight pit stop at revenge and murder. The album is influenced by Ortega’s love of Quentin Tarantino movies and her desire to add more of her Mexican heritage in one of her records.
While ‘Liberty is more subdued than some of her past records, there are still some boot stomping songs on ‘Liberty.’ The song “You Ain’t Foolin’ Me,” literally begins with Ortega stomping her boots before music begins. The song is Ortega’s way of calling out those people in your life who are friendly to your face while secretly wishing your demise. Ortega’s backing band is high class on this song, and any song is better with the addition of a steel pedal guitar. If you are someone who bemoans that what is played on country music isn’t country music, then Lindi Ortega might be more your speed. Check out “You Ain’t Foolin’ Me” below and let me know you think. She just launched a US tour in support of the record including a show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on April 17th.