Bluegrass Situation and Lindi dig into Townes Van Zandt's immense influence over songwriters, and how his catalogue reinvigorated Lindi's passion, which ultimately helped inspire the birth of her brand new EP, Til The Goin' Gets Gone.
"Loretta Lynn knows how to pen one heck of a “love” song. Among her biggest hits is an ode written in 1967, recorded in January of the next year, and released in February of 1968. “Fist City” was a bold challenge to the woman making “brags around town that you’ve been a-lovin’ my man.”
The chart-topping song influenced a whole new generation of women, including Lindi Ortega, Brandy Clark and Margo Price.
“Lindi Ortega, Toronto-raised but now a resident of Nashville, Tennessee, is rather proud of her second home town.
She is more than happy to show you around it, too, and its country music bars and rooms that she's played or drunk in, often listening in on conversations to provide fodder for her sweet and sour songs.”
“At thirty-five, with a failed major-label deal and several critically acclaimed but little-known albums to her name, Lindi Ortega knows just how frustrating the music business can be. That hasn’t stopped the Canadian-born singer-songwriter from putting on her signature rockabilly makeup and lipstick-red cowboy boots and making some of the best music of her career. On her 2015 album, Faded Gloryville, she sits in on the lonely gigs and late-night woes of down-and-out musicians, plumbing the depths of disillusionment and despair with a voice as smooth as the slide guitar behind it.”
“Whether she's singing about the ashes of a past relationship or a lover running amok with the devil, Lindi's rough-edged voice — often compared to Dolly Parton's — always hits you right in the chest. Her latest album Faded Gloryville came out last summer and combined the best of straightforward country (plenty of steel guitar) with the indie rock sensibility for which her hometown of Toronto has become famous.”
"Faded Gloryville isn't just about music," she says. "It's about anything that brings you down, whether it's dreams not coming true or relationships not working out, and its message is this: you can go to place where you're feeling really down about things, but it's what you do afterwards — do you decide to reside there forever, or do you leave and make the situation better — that matters. You have to travel through Faded Gloryville to get to Paradise."