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Live music review: Lindi Ortega rocks, Great Peacock soars at Nashville show

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Lindi Ortega and Great Peacock on March 23 at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, Tenn.

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Lindi Ortega rocked and Great Peacock soared Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Ortega and Great Peacock performed March 23 on Nashville Sunday Night, a weekly show broadcast live by Lightning 100 from 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill.

Canada’s dark gypsy of country music, Ortega hit the stage in her signature red boots and black dress, starting with ‘Hard as This,’ the stellar Johnny Cash-esque opener from her latest album, 'Tin Star.'

Click here to watch a performance of ‘Hard as This.’

Backed by a guitarist and drummer, Ortega performed stripped-down versions of songs from her three acclaimed albums, ‘Tin Star,’ ‘Cigarettes & Truckstops’ and ‘Little Red Boots.’

Ortega killed with wicked edginess on her deadly crime song ‘Murder of Crows’ and then killed with kindness on the sweetest ballad about grave-digging ever recorded, the tear-jerker ‘Lived and Died Alone.’ Other highlights included her bouncy biographical toe-tapper 'Gypsy Child,' the uplifting 'Blue Bird' and her soul-baring tribute to struggling artists, 'Tin Star.'

Ortega introduced a new song hopefully appearing on her next album, a rollicking number called ‘I Ain’t the Girl,’ which competed for highlight of the night.

Among her original songs, Ortega sprinkled a funereal cover of Hank Williams’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,’ a smoldering version of Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ and a sly take on Timber Timbre’s ‘No Bold Villain,’ a song she loves because she relates to the line ‘One of us is not normal and it might not be you.’

Ortega might not be normal, but she definitely captures the gritty essence and reckless joy of country music’s past in her music. And in today's country radio climate, that is definitely not normal.

Visit lindiortega.com for more information and tour dates.

GREAT PEACOCK

Southern folk-pop band Great Peacock opened the show for Ortega with a spectacular performance filled with soaring harmonies and pulse-pounding beats.

Fueled by the vocals of Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd, the Nashville-based band delivered stunningly beautiful performances of ‘Take Me to the Mountain’ and ‘Desert Lark,’ songs which start gently before building to emotional crescendos.

Click here to watch a performance of ‘Desert Lark.’

Great Peacock's music sounds like a blend of American rocker Tom Petty and Icelandic folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men.

Nelson and Floyd brought the passion to their performance, singing the poetic lyrics of their songs with a powerful depth of feeling. The band's songs delve into weighty matters of the heart, painting a landscape where the mountains are sanctuaries for the soul, the ocean's waves are cathedrals and love is like a hurricane.

Great Peacock plans to release an album later this year, but the band’s first single ‘Tennessee’ is available for purchase.

Click here to watch a video of 'Tennessee.'

Visit greatpeacock.com for more information and tour dates.

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