Lindi Ortega isn’t your typical country music artist – she’s originally from Toronto, Canada and is of Mexican-Irish descent. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Lindi has continuously delivered an effortless infusion of country, soul, and blues in her music. Lindi’s soulful voice – which can be described as a mix of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash – has earned her various Juno nominations and two Canadian Country Music Association awards.
Ortega’s latest album, Faded Gloryville, was inspired by the 2009 Scott Cooper film, Crazy Heart. The film centered around a troubled country music singer-songwriter, portrayed by actor Jeff Bridges, who sought new beginnings brought on by newfound love.
You’re currently on tour in support of your new album Faded Gloryville. How did you prepare for this tour?
LO: “Nothing too terribly exciting. Just rehearsed the tunes with my band! I tour a lot so I guess it’s just my regular life these days.”
Do you have a pre-show ritual you go through before you go on stage?
LO: “I don’t slaughter goats or anything like that. I just kinda get ready for show as I normally do. Put on the super hero costume and let loose.”
Every song on the album gives off the impression of metaphorical deeper meaning. Is this a result of your personal evolution as a songwriter or were you inspired or influenced by something else?
LO: “I just kinda write from mostly personal experience, sometimes movies or books inspire me to pen songs as well.”
How does Faded Gloryville differ from your previous albums? Do you have a favorite song off the record?
LO: “It’s got a few soul songs. It always changes — right now I’m digging on “Ashes.” ”
You performed at The Grand Ole Opry in 2015. How did it feel to have achieved what most people in country music consider a career milestone?
LO:” It was pretty surreal – I was hella nervous. But it was a true honor and I can die happy knowing I got to do that.”
In regards to country artists, who influences you the most and why?
LO: “Johnny Cash. Because he was different.”
Nowadays, women in music are pressured into selling ‘sex’ through their songs. You don’t follow that trend. How important is it for you to have the freedom to write what you feel and want?
LO:“It’s important. I feel uninhibited when I’m not told what to do and how to do it. I think it makes music that is more real and easier for people to relate to.”
Who inspires you?
LO:“My mom, Frida Kahlo, and Wonder Woman.”
Faded Gloryville is Lindi Ortega’s fourth full-length album.
Official Tour Dates:
Sat, Apr 9 – The Casbah, San Diego, CA, US
Sun, Apr 10 – The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA, US
Mon, Apr 11 – The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA, US
Thu, Apr 14 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR, US
Fri, Apr 15 – The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA, US
Sat, May 21 – Rumba Café, Columbus, OH, US
Sun, May 22 – Milkboy Philly, Philadelphia, PA, US
Tue, May 24 – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, New York, NY, US
Wed, May 25 – Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD, US
Thu, May 26 – Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, DC, US
Fri, May 27 – Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC, US
Sat, May 28 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC, US
Fri, Jun 17 – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA, US
Sat, Jun 18 – Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY, US