Lindi Ortega, “Cigarettes & Truckstops”

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Canadian born Lindi Ortega‘s new album. Her first widely available album, “Little Red Boots”, met with critical acclaim and was nominated for both a Juno and a Polaris.

It’s tricky describing Lindi’s style; it’s a mixture of rockabilly, country and soul with a little bit of Dolly Parton added for good measure.  There’s a little bit of Patsy Cline‘s spirit in her, a little bit of Southern Comfort and, I’m willing to bet, a lot of Nashville.

This October Lindi’s newest album is available. “Cigarettes & Truckstops” is an amazing sequel to the last album and shows that Ortega definitely isn’t finished evolving.  If you’ve loved Lindi’s work in the past you’re certain to enjoy the new album but don’t be expecting those “Little Red Boots” to be kickin’ up the same dust.

Lindi’s vocals are stunning.  To the best of my knowledge there’s no one out there in the world of country and/or Indie music who sounds like her.  There aren’t many voices that make me stop in my tracks but Lindi has one of them.  The tones are crystal clear but there’s a quirky honky-tonk kind of feistiness to her singing that makes her unique.

This new album makes me want to stroll into a dusty western bar and order a whiskey in a dirty glass. Or, at least, go on a long road trip with my cowboy hat on.  I don’t think Lindi’s music fits firmly in any category.  I know that it’s listed as country, but I’m not a country music fan in general.  Even with the sweetness of Lindi’s voice this is gun-slinging, old west and southern flair kind of music.

My favorite track is “Murder of Crows”.  It’s eerie, sweet and reveals a little of the edginess that keeps Lindi crossing boundaries in the music world.

Give this CD a listen – you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s a teaser video to get you started!

Lindi Ortega’s website:

♦C.Kinzie || Kamloops, BC


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