“a roots rocker with a powerful voice and a badass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease… she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, [Terra Lightfoot] is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.” – PopMatters
Since the release of her acclaimed album Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, soulful roots rocker Terra Lightfoot has wowed audiences across North America, the UK and Europe, playing hundreds of live dates in venues from cafés to coliseums and everywhere in between.
On stages in Europe, the UK, the US and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Built to Spill, Guided by Voices, The Both, Albert Lee, James Burton, Grace Potter, Bettye Lavette, Blue Rodeo, Randy Bachman, The Sadies, The Wood Brothers and Daniel Lanois.
Marking the end of an amazing year of worldwide touring, Lightfoot celebrates a CIMA Road Gold certification and releases her new, orchestral album Live In Concert as a Valentine to fans. The album will be released Feb 10, 2017 on Sonic Unyon Records/Sony Music Canada, available on CD, vinyl, digital and streaming formats.
As part of that touring, she collaborated with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, performing under legendary conductor Boris Brott, to present those songs in dynamic orchestral arrangements. The experience gave fans an amazing chance to experience the performer’s talent, charm and emotional power as never before.
Those collaborations were staged for two intimate hour-long shows on one memorable night at McMaster University’s LIVELab, joined by special guest John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews. The entire set was recorded and is now seeing release as Live In Concert — a special Valentine from the artist to her fans.
Only a handful were able to watch first-hand as Lightfoot and the NAO revisited the sweeping orchestral treatment of songs off her sensational sophomore album. Live In Concert is a fresh chance to discover the remarkable talent that critics have been buzzing about. The album will be accompanied by the release of video footage from the concert, with special focus on fan favourite “Lily’s Fair.”
Terra Lightfoot’s love of touring is beyond question, as is the energy and passion she brings to the stage at every stop along the road. Thanks to her indisputable talent, hard work, relentless touring and the incredible support of fans across Canada, Lightfoot has been named the latest recipient of the Canadian Independent Music Association’s prestigious Road Gold certification — an honour reserved for artists who sell at least 25,000 concert tickets within a 12-month period.
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
On stages in France, Germany, the UK, the US and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Built to Spill, The Both, Grace Potter, Bettye LaVette, Blue Rodeo, Randy Bachman, The Sadies, Steve Earle, The Wood Brothers and Daniel Lanois.
In writing and performing Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, Lightfoot set out to push her limits as a performer and challenge herself creatively. Where her debut was given to slower, softer songs and a subdued vibe, Lightfoot’s new album crackles with immediacy and demands attention. From the moment you put it on, the album announces Lightfoot’s arrival as a confident and natural lead performer.
Recording her sophomore album, Lightfoot says, made her a far more disciplined songwriter. That transformation took place early in the songwriting process. Holing up with headphones and a stack of vintage pop and rock albums, Lightfoot pulled apart songwriting mechanics, mastering tonic chords and middle eights and learning to craft memorably sticky choruses. She spent the weeks leading up to the recording sessions honing the album’s songs — working and reworking them until they were taut and lean. And then she hit the studio.
Lightfoot praises the supportive production team of Gus van Go and Werner F, who she says approached her material with a light and respectful touch. Tracks like “NFB,” “Emerald Eyes” and “Splinter” were recorded live off the floor over the course of a single day, a sprint made more urgent by the fact that the studio’s air conditioning was on the blink. Elsewhere, the pair took a more meditative approach, filling out tracks like “Moonlight,” “No Hurry”, “Never Will” and “All Alone” with choice details. They also enlisted the talents of keyboardist Liam O’Neil (The Stills) to round out the core trio of Lightfoot (guitar, vocals), Matthew Fleming (bass) and Joel Haynes (drums).
From start to finish, the results are radiant and remarkable. Lightfoot’s touchstone influences — roots groundbreakers Maybelle Carter and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, blues legends Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, soul greats Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, jazz titans Nina Simone and Billie Holiday — are fused with songs that evoke the burly soul and bounding rock of Them or Creedence Clearwater Revival.
For all those comparisons, however, one listen to Every Time My Mind Runs Wild will convince you that Lightfoot is an inspiration all her own.