Following the release of Every Time My Mind Runs Wild in the UK last year, Hamilton’s
Terra Lightfoot back with a brand new album NEW MISTAKES on October 13th, 2017
on Sonic Unyon Records, with UK tour dates to be announced soon.
With New Mistakes, Canada’s Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine
document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer.
Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious
six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable album that will have you hooked in seconds.
From the ground-shaking stomp of first single “Paradise” about and the wild-eyed
energy of “Pinball King” that open the album, to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album
closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steel town native’s third record distills her masterful talent
to its electrifying essence.
Now Terra Lightfoot Has Released ‘Norma Gale’ Check It Out Below:
Terra explains – “I was inspired to write this song after meeting a Canadian woman named Norma Gale who was a near-famous country star in the 1970s. She played all over the world but specifically had a great following in Nashville, played with Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. This song is one of my first songwriter songs, I’d say. It chronicles the life of Norma as a musician in the ’70s, and trying to bring up her young son while she’s gunning for sustainable success. I kept in touch with Norma and her son and let them know when I finally made it to Nashville to do some writing, but unfortunately she had passed away two weeks earlier.”
New Mistakes was produced by Gus van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, Wintersleep),
New Mistakes is a heady journey. As poignant as it is rollicking and vulnerable as it is
rowdy, it cruises long and sometimes lonesome highways that lead everywhere from
broke down dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave
Built around Lightfoot’s killer live band—Maury La Foy (bass), Joel Haynes (drums) and
Jeff Heisholt (keyboards)—the session impresses on all counts. It’s Lightfoot’s
hungriest and most raw album to date, able to mesmerise with graceful melodies one
moment, and step into the ring to deliver a hurricane of hooks or a heart-wrenching
chorus the next. Lifted by bright waves of organ and classic roots-rock vibe, “Ruthless”
nails that lethal dynamic, slowly building a story of deep connection fraught by distance,
until letting loose its knockout crescendo.
That’s not to say she’s a tentative wordsmith. Lightfoot’s evolution into a potent
songwriter might be captured best on the poignant “Norma Gale”. The tune tells the
real life story of its namesake’s battle to make it as a songwriter and bass player in the
colourful world of ‘70s country music, fighting to pursue her passion while raising her
son alone and touring non-stop. It’s easy to hear why Gale’s story would resonate with
Lightfoot: As tried and true road-dogs, they’re kindred spirits, both driven by a creative
force they’d be willing to let tear them apart if it had to. And sometimes it does. But, as
Lightfoot wails in the song’s transcendent finish—though the trek so far has been long
and treacherous, and isn’t likely to let up—“I knew I had to keep on going.” That’s how
she got here, after all.
On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside
the likes of Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Built to Spill, The Both,
Albert Lee, James Burton, Grace Potter, Blue Rodeo, The Sadies, and Daniel Lanois.