Lindi Ortega's Cigarettes & Truck Stops Out October 2

posted August 6, 2012

Lindi Ortega's Cigarettes & Truck Stops Out October 2

Cigarettes & Truck Stops, the highly anticipated follow-up album from critically acclaimed Nashville-based artist Lindi Ortega, will be released October 2 on Last Gang Records. Ortega’s JUNO award-nominated debut album, Little Red Boots, gathered praise from USA Today who declared the debut, “radiates rowdy, rootsy Americana” and Time Out New York who described it as, “a clutch of instantly memorable tunes that show tenderness and sass at once.” To support the release, Ortega will tour with Social Distortion this fall.

Cigarettes & Truck Stops was largely inspired by Ortega’s move to Nashville from her hometown, Toronto, which brought her closer to the origins of many of her influences, including Hank Williams. By reading a biography of Williams, Ortega discovered his mentor Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne, the street performer who taught Williams to play guitar. This sparked Ortega’s interest in the influence of blues on early country—a fascination that comes through strongly on the record. Ortega brought on praised producer and T-Bone Burnett musician Colin Linden (O Brother Where Art Thou, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn) for the project when she found that he shared her interest in blues and the roots of country music.

Ortega has toured extensively in the past year, opening for acts like Social Distortion, Dierks Bentley, Burton Cummings, and James Vincent McMorrow. Of her live performance, the Chicago Sun Times notes, “[her] ebullient personality and powerful voice make for a striking presence,” while The Pittsburgh Tribune Review adds, “ [she] stands out.” See reverse for tour dates. Ortega partnered with and CMT Mobile to premiere her latest music video for the song “Black Fly.”

Last Gang Entertainment is a recording, management and publishing company founded in 2003 with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to launching Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles, the label has combined successfully with LIGHTS, Chromeo, The New Pornographers, K-OS, Boys Noize and Tiga on varied licensing deals. The distributed division (Last Gang Label) has partnered with a variety of artist and label clients, including Nightbox, Trouble Andrew and boutique electronic label Turbo Recordings.


  • October 11                                                   Chicago, IL                                                Vic Theatre*
  • October 16                                                   Detroit, MI                        Royal Oak Music Theatre*
  • October 18                                                Cleveland, OH                                      House Of Blues*
  • October 20                                                 Toronto, ON                                The Sound Academy*
  • October 23                                                 Montreal, QC                                              Metropolis*
  • October 26                                                New York, NY                                 Roseland Ballroom*
  • October 30                                                  Boston, MA                                        House Of Blues*
  • November 1                                               Sayreville, NJ                                    Starland Ballroom*
  • November 3                                             Philadelphia, PA                             The Electric Factory*
  • November 6                                             Washington, DC                                               9:30 Club*
  • November 9                                               Charlotte, NC                            The Fillmore Charlotte*
  • November 10                                          Myrtle Beach, SC                                    House Of Blues*
  • November 11                                              Atlanta, GA                                                 Tabernacle*
  • November 13                                           Chattanooga, TN                                                Track 29*
  • November 14                                          New Orleans, LA                                    House Of Blues*
  • November 16                                           San Antonio, TX                                      Backstage Live*

*Social Distortion tour