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Lindi Ortega @ East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, UK | January 29, 2016 – Review

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Unlike many of the country artists gracing UK shores of late, Lindi Ortega has a storied history touring in Britain and Europe. Part of the reason for this is her Americana leanings, and Americana has long received loyal grassroots success in this country, but this should take nothing away from the popularity she has managed to cultivate among British patrons. Now in the midst of her first tour of the nation in two years, in support of her latest album ‘Faded Gloryville’, Lindi once again returned to Liverpool to prove her live chops and then some.

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Jan
28

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Lindi Ortega Talks About Matters of The Heart – Interview

“Lindi is my compass,” a woman was telling me at the bar of Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, D.C. a few minutes after her set ended. “I always come back to her when things get difficult.” Before she could tell me more, she apologized as she made her way to a deepening line of people who were lined up to meet Ortega at the venue’s merchandise table.

This is the place where Ortega meets her faithful fans who share their stories about how her songs have affected their lives. There’s “So Sad” from her first album which helped one through the loss of a family member. Or “Angel” which someone found helpful coping through their depression. Ortega has come to learn that “Demons Don’t Let Me Down” is a song people find uplifting during dark times.

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Oct
17

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Lindi Ortega’s Love Revival At Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, D.C. | October 14, 2015 – Review

As she strapped on her acoustic guitar before “When The Stars Align,” Lindi Ortega talked about her vision of love. If you could send a Batman-like symbol shining in the sky, when the right person saw it they would feel it and know it was meant for them.

A little bit later, Ortega, Toronto born and sometimes displaced Nashvillian, declared love shouldn’t be so hard. But therein lies the rub – if it was so easy, there might not be a reason for her or us to be getting together and commiserating on a weekday night in a small room under the bridge on the outer edge of Washington, D.C.

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Sep
7

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Hall of Fangirl – September 2015 [covers edition]

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Taking a step away from our usual habit of spotlighting songwriters in this monthly feature, I thought I would showcase some recent badass covers for September’s edition. Largely focusing on country and Americana artists covering some classic songs, I hope this provides a great soundtrack to your Monday and beyond! Thanks to a number of friends and Twitter followers for some of these selections.

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Aug
8

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Lindi Ortega ‘Faded Gloryville’ – Album Review

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Lindi Ortega has been making records for more than a decade, but in many ways it seems as though she’s just getting started. The Toronto-born, Nashville-based roots artist has garnered critical acclaim with Little Red Boots (2011) and Cigarettes and Truckstops (2012), and her 2013 effort Tin Star helped her become the Roots Artist of the Year at last year’s Canadian Country Music Awards. But up until this year, I was one of many to proclaim “I’ve heard of her, but I still need to listen to her music”.

If you still belong in that group, stop everything you’re doing and listen to her now. With a uniquely powerful voice and a love for music from decades past, Lindi is a bit of an enigma in today’s music community. There is no doubt she lives on the outskirts of country music, unafraid to avoid current trends and instead pull from influences long since faded. She is making music that is timeless, that would have been just as relevant in the ‘70s as it is today, and will be decades from now. Her latest album, Faded Gloryville, released August 7th from Last Gang Records imprint Grand Tour Records, is no exception. Continue reading

Apr
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Colin Linden On “Nashville” & The Magical and Mystical Songs of Canada: The Buddy & Jim Show Recap

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“Nashville” executive music producer Buddy Miller calls Colin Linden his good friend, a great musician and a work buddy. Linden in fact has been a main musician, music producer, music director and songwriter for the ABC television show since its debut in 2012. He has performed electric, acoustic and slide guitar on the majority of the show’s music and appears regularly on screen in many of the live performance scenes.

But today Linden was on the Buddy & Jim Show to talk about something close to his heart—the music of his native Canada where he was born and lived for half his life.

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Apr
8

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Deep In The Heart of Texas: Willie’s Heartbreaker Banquet & Other Tales From The Lone Star State

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At Willie Nelson’s private ranch in Luck, Texas, celebration is underway in what’s come to be known as the Heartbreaker Banquet. The day-long music festival occurs during SXSW and brings together the best in Americana, rock and indie-folk music. Thirty minutes from downtown Austin, it’s like another world stepping into the old west of centuries past.

Originally built as a backdrop for the movie “Red Headed Stranger,” it has its own jailhouse and chapel and saloon.  Lore has it that when Nelson filed the movie he insisted they change a scene instead of burning down one of the buildings. A tornado tore through here a while back and one of the buildings looked like what the singer called “The Leaning Tower of Luck.”

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Apr
6

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Hall of Fangirl – April 2015

It’s probably been one of the busiest times ever at For The Country Record. With a team of seven writers, a photographer and now a social media intern too, we have been inundated with more submissions than ever before, while still coming off the craziness of last month’s C2C Festival in London. We cover all we can, but we thought we would take a look at a few new songs that we’re not going to get a chance to cover elsewhere. Think of this as a roundup of yet more music you should be listening to going into the Spring! Normal Hall of Fangirl service will resume in May.

Lindi Ortega ‘Tell It Like It Is’

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