Say hello to alt. country’s new shining star, a woman who boasts more than just a twinkle in her eye but in her sweet vibrato and sharp homespun lyrics too.
In her trademark cherry red cowboy boots, Mexican, Irish and Canadian singer songwriter – and sometime painter – Lindi Ortega is currently readying her first official UK release, the captivating ‘Little Red Boots’, out this September.
Inspired by Johnny Cash and Frida Kahlo and sounding like the lovechild of Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, this Toronto based singer has already opened for Keane in the US and been working as a backing singer for the Killers’ Brandon Flowers and his acclaimed solo project since last summer including a date at Oxegen.
Lindi has also collaborated with Diplo and Switch for their electro dancehall project Major Lazer and their ‘Lazers Never Die’ EP, proving that she is far from your average back porch crooner with a hatful of heartache and a bust-up six string.
With her arresting vocals and delicious songs, she describes her own brand of alt country, as a “roadside motel love affair between old school outlaws and country darlings”.
Lindi’s 12 track album is enough to speak to the desperado in all of us and features an all star cast of talented session musicians, from guitarist Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson), bassist Dave Piltch (KD Lang, Louden Wainwright), drummer Davide Direnzo and keys from Ron Lopata.
‘Little Red Boots’ is produced by Ron Lopata, mixed by Darryl Neurdorf (Neko Case, The Sadies, New Pornos) and mastered by Peter Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Neil Young).