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Editors’ Notes

When she takes her naturally beautiful soprano voice into high-lonesome territory, Canadian singer Lindi Ortega garners comparisons to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. But from the opening title track of her 2012 sophomore album, Cigarettes & Truckstops, it’s evident she has more in common with Sunny Sweeny’s drive to keep country sounding traditional. Moreover, Ortega laces her songs with a shadowy darkness. With a bouncing stand-up bass and shuffling rhythms on the snare drum, “The Day You Die” introduces some slick rockabilly style, without resorting to the kind of throwback punk anachronisms found in those hip bar bands with bad ink and leopard-print-clad Bettie Page look-alikes. The melancholy in her voice on the honky-tonk weeper “Lead Me On” sounds even direr alongside Colin Lindin’s haunting guitar tones, which play like a spaghetti western being filmed in Bakersfield during the early '60s. With sinister slide guitar and swampy reverb, “The Murder of Crows” proves to be the album’s gem.

Customer Reviews

Lindi delivers again!

I've been waiting for Lindi Ortega's new album, and it does not disappoint: well crafted and delivered with the emotional edge & skill that this evolving song-writer/performer has honed over the past two years on the world-stage! Brava!


This is simply an amazing album. Her sound, the clarity of her voice, the simple lyrics. I am so glad that I found this girl, she is definitely something special.

Lindi is incredibly talented

Lindi hits our ears and hearts with another great album. Her sound has evolved since her move to Nashville, and I highly recommend picking up this album, and if you are a new fan, her earlier material as well.


Born: May 28, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Blessed with a voice that suggests the high lonesome purity of Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris with an undertow of smoky sophistication, Lindi Ortega is a Canadian singer and songwriter who has become a rising star on the North American alt-country scene. Ortega was born and raised in the suburbs of Ontario; her mother was of Irish heritage, while her father's family came from Mexico. Her father was a musician who played bass in a Latino band, and Lindi has cited growing up in a house filled with...
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Cigarettes & Truckstops, Lindi Ortega
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 02, 2012

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