Earlier singles "Tell It Like It Is" and "To Love Somebody" fuelled interest in Lindi Ortega's upcoming album, and now Faded Gloryville is out. This is the fourth album from the prolific country chanteuse, following on from the Juno-nominated and CCMA-winning Tin Star. Her big bold voice is in top form, and the production avoids the slickness that blights so much of the stuff coming out of Music City (Ortega has based herself in Nashville in recent years). Here she works with some of the best roots producers around: Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), fellow Canuck Colin Linden (T Bone Burnett, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and the team of Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and John Paul White (Civil Wars). Players on the record include Linden and the ace BARK rhythm section (Gary Craig and John Dymond), our fave T.O. guitarist James Robertson, and American session aces David Hood and Bryan Owings. Ortega sounds equally home on hurtin' ballads like "Someday Soon" and "Ashes" and rousing boot-stompers like "Run Amuck". Here's hoping this becomes the break-out album she richly deserves. Faded? No. Glorious? Yes.
A dynamic performer, Ortega began a very extensive North American tour this week, running through October. For dates, go to her website