Lindi Ortega Shares Spaghetti Western-Infused 'Comeback Kid' Video From New Album 'Liberty'
On Liberty, the latest album from Americana performer Lindi Ortega, the singer-songwriter took a few, well, creative liberties.
“I did some things that I have always wanted to do, but never had the chance," Ortega tells Billboard. "Maybe I was a little afraid. But I thought ‘Why not go for it this time around?'"
Ortega did just that, and today Billboard is premiering the first taste from the upcoming album with the video for "The Comeback Kid." She says the lyrics of the song can be related to people in all walks of life.
“I feel like anyone can be a comeback kid,” she says. “It’s kind of like a metaphor. You could take it literally or use it as a metaphor. You get knocked down, but you’re gonna get back up. I feel like anyone can be the comeback kid – if you get bullied at school or if you get fired from your job – anyone who has the resolve to preserve through situations where they are getting knocked down.”
As cohesive as Liberty sounds now, Ortega says it was definitely a creative process. “To be honest, I was a little bit stuck at first in figuring out where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to do. I spent a few months agonizing about the direction. Then, there was one song that I co-wrote with my friend Bruce Wallace, called ‘Liberty.’ That song was the ‘a-ha’ moment for me where I began to feel what I wanted to do, and a vision just started to unfold. I began to listen to spaghetti western music, and I just started writing with that inspiration in mind.”
Ortega worked with producer Skylar Wilson on the disc, and said it was an immediate bonding experience – over their love of a certain film director. “We sat down and started chatting, and both of us discovered that we were huge Quentin Tarantino fans. I thought that I was, but he’s even bigger. He orders the manuscripts and reads them. When I started to talk about what I was doing with the record, that was a name that I brought up because I always loved the music in his movies. There’s always something of a western feel to them. I told him that I wanted to make a record that if a Tarantino movie was coming out, they might want to use one or two songs for it.”
Liberty is unique in the aspect that it is a three-part concept album reflecting loss, resurrection and freedom. She says her inspiration for going in that direction was her loyal fan base. “Whenever I play a show, we will go and talk to the people, sign CDs, or take a picture with them. I’ll ask them why they came to the show or what got them into the music. I always noticed that one of my songs got them through a dark period in their life. I always had light and dark tunes on my record, but I never thought I would make a whole record as a concept record of getting through a struggle, and coming out on the other side of it. I wanted to make a whole record that those people could listen to get them through tough times in their life. “
Just as with her past musical offerings, Liberty features some incredible musicianship from some of the industry’s finest. On this album, one of those instrumentalists is Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy. Having the man behind hits from Elvis Presley, George Jones, and Dolly Parton on her record was an undeniable thrill. “That was so amazing, and it was Skylar’s call. He said ‘I hear some old western harmonica sounds on this record, and I know the guy to call.’ I didn’t think there was any way that we could get him because he’s so well-known, but I was so elated. I was so dumbstruck in getting to meet him because he’s so awesome and has done so many things. I can’t imagine the songs any other way than without him on there.”
Liberty will be released on March 30.