Little Red Boots by Lindi Ortega
Often, the myths and legends hovering around America and its music are most fascinating to those who are geographically removed from it. Canadian acts including The Band in the 1960s/’70s, and Blue Rodeo a generation later, gleaned their sound from the American South and West, bringing in an element of romanticism based on their outsider interpretation of classic Americana.
The same syndrome informs the work of Lindi Ortega, a Canuck singer/songwriter who cherry-picks the “western” out of “country & western” and weds it to classic rockabilly, filtering this rootsy brew through an off-kilter pop sensibility. Lead-off track “Little Lies” suggests a Memphis-born version of mid-1970s Fleetwood Mac, though Lindi generally skews toward quirky Canadian cowboyisms.
In the end, it’s her penetrating and tremulous voice you’ll remember most, as her original songs frequently fall into an odd zone somewhere between novelty and exotica. Country die-hards are likely to favor something sturdier, but listeners who walk on the wilder side are sure to find a few kicks inside Little Red Boots.