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Lindi Ortega

Blessed with a voice that suggests the high lonesome purity of Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris with an undertow of smoky sophistication, Lindi Ortega is a Canadian singer and songwriter who has become a rising star on the North American alt-country scene. Ortega was born and raised in the suburbs of Ontario; her mother was of Irish heritage, while her father's family came from Mexico. Her father was a musician who played bass in a Latino band, and Lindi has cited growing up in a house filled with music and seeing her dad work with gifted Latina vocalists as a key formative experience. When she was 16, she borrowed a guitar from her parents and began teaching herself to play, and once she mastered three chords, she started writing songs. Ortega absorbed a broad range of influences -- iconic singer/songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, country legends like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and contemporary acts such as Jeff Buckley and Cat Power -- and by the time she graduated from high school, she'd begun performing at local clubs. In 2001, Ortega released her first album, The Taste of Forbidden Fruit, which she released herself, selling most of the copies from the stage at her shows, and a second LP, Fall from Grace, appeared in 2007. Ortega's next project was a self-titled EP issued in 2008 in which she teamed up with producer Ron Lopata, who had heard her material via her MySpace page and was impressed with her voice. The Canadian label Cherrytree Records signed Ortega, and she released an EP, 2008's The Drifter, also produced by Lopata, which brought her to the attention of a wider audience. She began touring extensively, both as a headliner and opening for acts such as Ray Davies, Noah and the Whale, Keane, and Kevin Costner & Modern West. In 2010, Ortega went on the road with Brandon Flowers of the Killers, singing backup on his solo tour. In 2010, Ortega parted ways with Cherrytree Records and signed a new deal with Last Gang Records, which released her Little Red Boots album in the summer of 2011. Little Red Boots earned two Juno Awards and was nominated for the Polaris Prize for Outstanding Canadian Album. In the wake of the album's critical success, Ortega relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and cut the album Cigarettes & Truckstops, which also earned positive notices and another Polaris Prize nomination when it was released in October 2012. Cigarettes & Truckstops also marked Ortega's first entry on the American country charts, when the album rose to number 71 on the Country Albums survey. The newly prolific Ortega released 2013's Tin Star one year and six days after her previous studio effort and, like Cigarettes & Truckstops, it fared well on the U.S. Country Albums chart, peaking at number 56. A digital live EP, The iTunes Session, was released in 2014, and Ortega also won a Canadian Country Music Association award as Best Roots Artist of the Year. She won the same CCMA award in 2015, and that year she also issued Faded Gloryville, which climbed to number 39 on the U.S. country chart, and number 38 on the indie chart. Ortega returned in 2017 with an EP, Til the Goin' Gets Gone. ~ Mark Deming
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Lindi Ortega

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Lindi Ortega

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Lindi Ortega

  1.   Song
  2.   Tin Star
  3.   The Day You Die
  4.   Voodoo Mama
  5.   Gypsy Child
  6.   Cigarettes & Truckstops
  7.   So Sad
  8.   Waiting 'Round to Die
  9.   What a Girls Gotta Do
  10.   I'm On Fire
  11.   Something For You
  12.   Fall Down or Fly
  13.   Final Bow
  14.   All My Friends
  15.   All These Cats
  16.   Black Fly
  17.   Ashes
  18.   Waitin' On My Luck To Change
  19.   Christmas Carol
  20.   High
  21.   This is Not Surreal
  22.   Lead Me On
  23.   Half Moon
  24.   Little Lie
  25.   Til the Goin' Gets Gone
  26.   No Bold Villain
  27.   Talk About It
  28.   Someday Soon
  29.   To Love Somebody
  30.   Lived and Died Alone
  31.   Hard As This
  32.   Ring of Fire
  33.   Every Mile of the Ride
  34.   Use Me
  35.   Heaven Has No Vacancy
  36.   When All the Stars Align
  37.   When You Ain't Home
  38.   I Ain't the Girl
  39.   Little Red Boots
  40.   Dying of Another Broken Heart
  41.   Blue Bird
  42.   I Want You
  43.   Songs About
  44.   Tell It Like It Is
  45.   Don't Wanna Hear It
  46.   Angels
  47.   Faded Gloryville
  48.   I’m No Elvis Presley
  49.   Christmas Eve With You
  50.   Murder of Crows
  51.   Blue Christmas
  52.   Run-Down Neighborhood
  53.   Fires
  54.   Jimmy Dean
  55.   All I Want for Christmas Is a Cowboy
  56.   Demons Don't Get Me Down
  57.   Run Amuck

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