The Calgary Folk Music Festival: Lindi Ortega
From the Promoter
When Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn’t heard in some time – her own. Amid sparse, atmospheric production, it’s precisely this voice – a combination of Ortega’s fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano – that grips your attention on her new EP, Til The Goin’ Gets Gone.
A dogged resilience permeates this unadorned collection – three originals and a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Waiting ‘Round To Die.” The songs are the hard-won spoils of an internal war with words that struck after an extended stretch of touring, addressed in the EP’s title track about the detours and ditches that a traveling musician faces. “What A Girl’s Gotta Do,” addresses the silver lining of an otherwise dreadful date. Alongside the title track, this song offers a metaphor about artistic life and Ortega’s somber rendition of “Waiting ‘Round to Die,” acknowledges a personal debt – her recent discovery of the legendary songwriter’s music finally cured her writer’s block. The closer, “Final Bow,” came when Ortega assumed she only had one song left in her. The new EP - recorded in a converted East Nashville manor - is all about dusting off, gutting it out, stepping up for another round. Although classic country is an indelible part of her musical history, the EP also sets the tone for the next chapter of her career: “I'll always love Loretta, Dolly and Patsy. But I just want more space. I want more ambience.”