Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega isn’t a country artist, but she’s a got a little Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Waylon Jennings in her. Of course, Emmylou swears she isn’t even country these days, so I’m obviously digging myself a hole here. Or, maybe I just don’t know how to categorize artists like Ortega these days. Is it possible? I'm not sure.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter. When I hear a song like Ortega's "Little Lie," I'm hooked from the beginning: it's playful, and it's memorable. And I get a sense that Ortega is a pretty cool gal, perhaps an outlaw type. We need more artists like her -- the ones who will do what they want, when they want.
Ortega's upcoming album, Little Red Boots, will be released on Last Gang Records June 7th. Listen to "Little Lie" below.
Lindi Ortega - Little Lie from Last Gang Records on Vimeo.