Photos – Lindi Ortega at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver Feb 22 2013
– photos by Christine Redmond
Lindi Ortega played the Biltmore Friday night.
The formerly Toronto-based singer/songwriter recently wrapped up tours with K.D. Lang and Social Distortion. For her Vancouver show Feb 22, the now Nashville-based Ortega shared a bill with Dustin Bentall and the Smokes. The show was the second last on a tour that began in Waterloo, Ontario Jan 23.
Ortega released her most recent album, Cigarettes & Truckstops, in October of of last year. She also released a video for the title track, which you can see here. Cigarettes & Truckstops follows Ortega’s Juno Award-nominated debut, Little Red Boots.
Ortega has appeared on ABC’s hit series Nashville performing the first single off the record, “The Day You Die“, with her band. The video for the track, which premiered on CMT Pure channel and CMT Edge, can be viewed here.
According to a press release, Cigarettes & Truckstops was inspired by the singer’s move to Nashville from her hometown, Toronto. The move brought Ortega “closer to the origins of many of her influences, including Hank Williams,” says the release.
“By reading a biography of Williams, Ortega discovered his mentor Rufus ‘Tee-Tot’ Payne, the street performer who taught Williams to play guitar. This sparked Ortega’s interest in the influence of blues on early country – a fascination that comes through strongly on the record. Ortega brought on praised producer and T-Bone Burnett musician Colin Linden (O Brother Where Art Thou, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn) for the project when she found that he shared her interest in blues and the roots of country music.”