It has become apparent that we are going through that time period in music that happens ever so often. This is where a music style from the past gets a fresh coat of paint and then gets thrust into the ever growing pool of artists the masses have decided to categorize as “indie music” or “indie artists”. This was seen in the late 90’s when in the middle of the grunge/alternative rock revolution bands like the Squirrel Nut Zippers hit us with a 1930’s influenced sound that lead to the immersion of other acts, like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, that starting a huge swing music revival. Lindi Ortega is part of a similar revival that is happening in a scene that is being called “indie country” and it’s actually a style of old school country music (like Patsy Cline or Hank Williams) that new artists have put a modern spin on in the way of lyrical content. This is what I found most interesting about Lindi’s style.
When Lindi took stage to an intimately seated crowd and her voice echoed from the front to the back of the room, showcasing the power she has a vocalists extremely well. Many of her songs were also about modern day life, relationships gone bad, and drug induced lovers she’d rather toss to the side. I also noticed some great guitar work from her lead player whom often ran scales or threw in modern rock chord progressions. This really mixed well with the old country bass and drum stylings the rhythm section was laying down, which gave a welcomed makeover to a sound that will always be a classic for western music fans.
I had an awesome time at this show and if you are a fan of “indie county”, like Kacey Musgraves, you should check Lindi out on Spotify. She has been releasing records since 2011 so she has a few out there to choose from. Have fun, and experience music!