Lindi Ortega has firmly planted herself as one of Americana’s stand outs. Playing everywhere from clubs to festivals to roadhouses, she can simultaneously be retro, new school, edgy and outlaw with vocals raw and gritty or tender and soothing, yet always captivating. All of these facets can be found on her latest album, Faded Gloryville, which was released August 7th.
The album was recorded in three different sessions with Ortega teaming up with award-winning producers Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Shooter Jennings), Colin Linden (T Bone Burnett) and the Muscle Shoals-based team of Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and John Paul White (Civil Wars). The goal was to create a record as broad as varied as Ortega's influences-which run the gamut from '70s country records to classic soul. And she succeeds with a varied, yet unified collection. There’s the bluesy “Tell It Like It Is,” the soulful, plump with horns rendition of The Bee Gees “To Love Somebody” and the old school flavor of “Someday Soon.” Faded Gloryville also includes the title track which visits that dreary place one often travels on the way to our final destination, carrying out our dreams, the rockabilly toe-tappers “Run-Down Neighborhood” and “Run Amuck” and the clever “I Ain’t The Girl.”
The stirring “Ashes” and the gorgeous, scaled back “Half Moon” booked an album that is filled with sweetness, swagger and sometimes, a truthful sadness. Give it a listen.
Lindi Ortega will be at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY on October 17th. Standing room only remain. Tickets here.