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Title:
Lindi Ortega
When:
Sat, Mar 17
Where:
Empress Theatre - Fort Macleod
Category:
Country

Description

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:$37.50

 

Country roots chanteuse Lindi Ortega is bringing her smoky vocals to the Empress Theatre on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Ortega, set to release her fifth album, Liberty, at the end of March, is a two-time Canadian Country Music Awards’ Roots Artist of the Year. She has toured with Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, k.d. lang and supported Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Awards.

With a voice that easily blends down-home country twang with old school rock ‘n’ roll, soul and folk, Ortega enchants listeners with her soaring vocals, polished lyrics and electrifying guitar playing. Now based in Calgary, Toronto-born Ortega spent nearly a decade as an independent artist in the Toronto music scene before moving to Nashville to hone her country chops.

Liberty is a concept album, with a central character who finally sheds the darkness of her past and emerges into the light. Ortegas personal experiences are reflected in the lyrics. I've had so many people tell me my songs helped them through really hard times in their life,” she says. “If I can provide some sort of solace with my music, then that gives me every reason to make music. I wanted this record to be all about helping people through the darkness.

In 2012, Ortega was nominated for two Juno Awards for New Artist of the Year and Roots & Traditional Album: Solo. Her albums Little Red Boots and Cigarettes & Truckstops were both longlisted nominees for the 2012 and 2013 Polaris Music Prizes, respectively.

She was also nominated for two Canadian Country Music Association Awards Female Artist of the Year and Roots Artist of the Year in 2014.

Tickets for Lindi Ortega, the final concert of the Empress’ 2017 2018 Centre Stage series, are $37.50 each and available at MacleodEmpress.com, by calling 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229), or at the Box Office on Main Street.

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Lindi Ortega

 

 

Lindi Ortega gives fair warning: “Don’t come any closer to my heart /If you’re afraid of the dark.”

However, that shroud is slowly lifted in Liberty. As the narrative unfolds in this concept album, a central character emerges – one who finally sheds the darkness of her past and emerges into the light. As melodies and tempos change throughout Liberty, her journey carries her steadily forward. Listen closely and you’ll find Ortega’s experiences in the lyrics too.

“I think the most important thing for me was that I ended on a very positive note because I've had so many people tell me that my songs helped them through really hard times in their life,” Ortega says. “That struck a chord for me, because just like everybody else, I have had hard times in my life, and continue to have pockets of difficult moments here and there. If I can provide some sort of solace with my music, then that gives me every reason to make music. I wanted this record to be all about helping people through the darkness.”

The melodies and arrangements of Liberty draw on the epic work of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who became one of Ortega’s musical obsessions during the writing and recording of Liberty. Moreover she enlisted Nashville producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) when she discovered their shared passion for Quentin Tarantino movies. It is fitting that NPR’s All Things Considered has described Ortega as “genre-defying in both her music and her personal style.”

During the sessions at Battle Tapes studio in East Nashville, Ortega and Wilson scaled back the boot-stomping, throwback country approach that she’s known for, instead polishing a set of music that reflects her lineage. Her father is Mexican; her mother is Irish. The sonic landscape of Liberty is enhanced by Nashville band Steelism, known for their dramatic blend of pedal steel guitar and electric guitar, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy on harmonica.

In 2017, Ortega opened select dates for Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam. In addition, she married Canadian musician Daniel Huscroft and relocated from Nashville to Calgary. Liberty concludes with “Gracia a la Vida” from the pen of Chilean composer Violetta Parra. The title translates as “Thank you to Life.”

“Even though I always tried to have a silver lining, whether it's by making my songs tongue-in-cheek, or writing some dark lyrics to happy music, there's always been an element of balancing light and dark on my previous albums,” Ortega explains. “But this is a full story, and I wanted everybody to be able to take something away from it at the end of the day.”

Venue

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Venue:
Empress Theatre   -   Website
Street:
235 Main Street
ZIP:
T0L 0Z0
City:
Fort Macleod
State:
Ab
Country:
Country: ca

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