Toronto-based Lindi Ortega makes country music matter 

Wanna flash back to a time when country really mattered? When it was still meat-and-potatoes music that didn’t feel like some hastily scribbled Hallmark card schmaltz?

May we introduce you to one of the most important new artists of the year, Ms. Lindi Ortega, a Mexican-Irish musician who hails from Toronto and just happens to know more about how to write a pitch-perfect country tearjerker than half the publishing-house halfwits in Nashville.

No joke.

She gave America a hickory-smoked taste with her “The Drifter EP” on Cherrytree/Interscope. Oddly, she was dropped just before she recorded her stunning soon-to-be-released stateside debut, “Little Red Boots,” on indie Last Gang Records.

What’s so awesome about Ortega?

Simply this: She’s got the down-home trill of early Dolly Parton, the rockabilly wallop of vintage Wanda Jackson and the rustic lyrical outlook of prime Gillian Welch. She even has a chugging twanger called “Jimmy Dean,” sung from the perspective of James Dean’s ghost. But one listen to signature numbers like “Black Fly” and “Dying of Another Broken Heart” (featured on both EP and album) is all it should take to convince country fans that no, all is not lost. There are still a few history-minded artists out there who truly get it.

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