Lindi Ortega

Lindi Ortega

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaAlternative

a roadside motel love affair between old school outlaws and country darlings

Biography

Somewhere in an old 1960’s apartment building in the city of Toronto, Canada, a well worn pair of cherry red cowboy boots wait by the door. About a half foot from those boots sits a guitar case, brightly decorated with glittery stars and images of mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.

A little down the hallway and towards the bedroom, a Johnny Cash record is spinning away. On the bed is a journal with a bird on the front cover and the saying “Go Slow, Life in Progress”.

Sitting on the floor with a bottle of merlot and a red flower in her dark hair is where we find Lindi Ortega.

Its rather obvious from her appearance that Miss Ortega , with her ruby lips and Mexican/Irish background, is the kinda gal that would stand out in a crowd,but she prefers to be standing in front of one.

She’s no stranger to the stage, having toured across Canada and the United States, Ortega has performed for all kinds of audiences. She opened for the UK band Keane in North America, as well as a successful midwest run with movie star Kevin Costner and his band The Modern West.

Ortega released a four song EP in 2009 on Interscope/Cherrytree records called THE DRIFTER EP. It was met with critical acclaim. Toronto’s ‘Eye Weekly’ gave it a glowing four star review and called it “The perfect EP” and “A terrific teaser”. UR Chicago Magazine remarked that Lindi’s voice “undulates with absolute splendor”, and Feminist Review said of Ortega “If you heard her singing in a bar, you'd probably be forced to put down your beer.”

But Lindi wouldn’t want you to put down your beer, she would encourage you to order another round while serenading you with her arresting vocals and unique brand of alt country, a genre she describes as “a roadside motel love affair between old school outlaws and country darlings”.

Lindi Ortega has just completed a new full length record produced by Ron Lopata and set for release on Last Gang Records in the summer of 2011. The record will be a collection of songs that aims to speak to the desperado in all of us.

Be sure to keep an ear out for that sweet vibrato and an eye out for those little red boots because it wont be long before Canada boasts of a brand new country darling.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
02/03/11 - The Supermarket
02/09/11 - CMW @ The Rivoli
02/11/11 - CMW @ The Supermarket
On tour as a backup singer for Brandon Flowers(The Killers)
04/7/11 - 04/17/11

Previous Tours:
17/09/2008 - Support for Noah & The Whale Tour (3.5 weeks) - USA
05/02/2009 - Support for Jeremy Fisher (multiple dates) - Ontario, Canada
25/02/2009 - Support for Ladies of The Canyon (multiple dates) - Ontario, Canada
15/03/2009 - SXSW - Austin, Texas
03/04/2009 - Support for Michael Bolton - Montreal, Canada
04/04/2009 - Support for Raul Malo Tour (3 weeks) - USA & Canada
23/06/2009 - Support for Common Rotation (multiple dates) - USA
06/07/2009 - Support for The Proclaimers (multiple dates) - Canada
25/07/2009 - Support for Kevin Costner & Modern West (3 weeks) - USA
11/09/2009 - Support for Keane (2 weeks) - Canada
22/09/2009 - Support for Kate Voegele - Toronto, Canada
07/10/2009 - Support for Dustin Bentall (multiple dates) - Ontario, Canada
22/10/2009 - Support for The Skydiggers (multiple dates) - Ontario, Canada
11/02/2010 - Support for Dustin Bentall - Toronto, Ontario
09/03/2010 - Support for David Ford - Toronto, Ontario
20/05/2010 - Support for Turn Brakes - Toronto, Ontario
06/16/2010 - Support for Sarah Harmer - Meadford, Ontario
On tour as a backup singer for Brandon Flowers(The Killers)
08/17/10 - 04/16/10

Lyrics

Little Lie

Written By: Lindi Ortega


I told a little lie or two when I spoke to you on the phone the other night
What's a girl supposed to do when the bitter truth turns into a sweeter lie

I Didn't wanna tell you, tell you
Didn't wanna tell you anything you didn't wanna hear
Look a little closer than the truth becomes clear

I told a little lie or three when you looked at me and asked if I love you still
You don't wanna know what's real, how I really feel never did and you never will (no no no)

I Didn't wanna tell you, tell you
Didn't wanna tell you anything you didn't wanna hear
Look a little closer than the truth becomes clear

I told a little lie or four with you at my door wonderin where the hell I've been

Didn't wanna tell you, tell you
Didn't wanna tell you anything you didn't wanna hear
I Didn't wanna tell you, tell you
Didn't wanna tell you anything you didn't wanna hear
Look a little closer than the truth
Look a little closer than the truth
Look a little closer than the truth becomes clear

Black Fly

Written By: Lindi Ortega, Ron Lopata, Simon Wilcox

Black fly in a whisky bottle
Whisky bottle full of all your lies
And black flies

Sometimes lies are sweet like honey
When you tell me that you love me so
I drink it up you know

Don't do me no good
but I cannot resist
Bad can be good
Lick the lies from your lips

Before you go
Just one last taste
One for the road
and our mistakes

If you say it, I'll believe it
I don't care if you don't mean a word
As long as it don't hurt

Don't do me no good
but I cannot resist
Bad can be good
Lick the lies from your lips

Before you go
Just one last taste
One for the road
and our mistakes
From Tupelo
The sweetest taste
Lay down beside me
And drink away... drink away

Black heart in a jilted lover
Jilted lover I'll stay by your side

Before you go
Just one last taste
One for the road
and our mistakes
From Tupelo
The sweetest taste
Lay down beside me
And drink away...drink away

Angels

Written By: Lindi Ortega


I think I'll drink myself right back to sleep
When I awoke no one was missin me
I will be lonely till the day I die
Then all the angels will be by my side

All of the angels
All of the angels
All of the angels by my side
I Think I'll be needing one tonight

All of my dear friends have abandoned me
I'm just a stranger in a strange city
How many more days must I live this life
To have the angels standing right by my side

All of the angels
All of the angels
All of the angels by my side
I Think I'll be needing one tonight

I've been robbed of the love I used to have
He stole my heart and never gave it back
So angel wrap your wings around me tight
I will have faith and never leave your side

All of the angels
All of the angels
All of the angels by my side
I Think I'll be needing one
I Think I'll be needing one
I think I'll be needing one tonight

All My Friends(Vocal Booth)

Written By: Lindi Ortega


My friend Mary Jane she will come and ease the pain
Every time I feel the lonely lows
Then there's good old Jack who will always have my back
We stay up until the rooster crows
Yeah we stay up until the rooster crows

Make me sane
Make it easy
Silence all these voices in my head
Make me sane
Cause I am crazy
and all my friends
are gonna kill me dead

Cigarettes and wine are both comrads of mine
Together we will burn and we will drown
and I will sleep all night flirting with suicide
its just my friend the pill that puts me down
its Just my friend the pill that puts me down

Make me sane
Make it easy
Silence all these voices in my head
Make me sane
Cause I am crazy
and all my friends
are gonna kill me dead

Yeah all my friends are gonna kill me dead

Dying of Another Broken Heart

Written By: Lindi Ortega

He used to bring carnations and send me poetry
He used to sing me love songs and record them on CD
But ever since he left I feel like love is a disease
I'm dying of another broken heart

There's no amount of morphine that will ever ease my pain
I know its not a heart attack but it sure feels the same
And even if there were a cure, I could not be saved
I'm dying of another broken heart

I don't believe in fairy tales
I don't believe in fate
I don't believe I'll ever find my very own soul mate
So take me to the hospital in my terminal state
I'm dying of another broken heart

Ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh

I should hold a funeral for every love I've lost
And burry pieces of my heart under the winter frost
and in the spring they'll all be covered in forgetmenots
I'm dying of another broken heart

I don't believe in Romance
And I don't believe in fate
I don't believe I'll ever find my very own soul mate
So take me to the hospital before it gets too late
I'm dying of another broken heart

I don't believe in fairy tales
I don't believe in fate
I don't believe I'll ever find my very own soul mate
So take me to the hospital in my terminal state
I'm dying of another broken heart
Oh I'm dying of another broken heart
Yeah, I'm dying of another broken heart

Discography

Drifter EP, Cherrytree Records

Little Red Boots (2011), Last Gang Records