Terra Lightfoot

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Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing

is indisputable: roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tapinto the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness andtemptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavymelodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether onslow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.On stages in France, Germany, the UK, the US and across Canada, Lightfoothas performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, RonSexsmith, Built to Spill, The Both, Grace Potter, Bettye LaVette, Blue Rodeo,Randy Bachman, The Sadies, The Wood Brothers, and Daniel Lanois.In writing and performing Every Time My Mind Runs Wild (Sonic Unyon),Lightfoot set out to push her limits as a performer and challenge herselfcreatively. Where her debut was given to slower, softer songs and a subduedvibe, 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 disciplinedsongwriter. 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 middleeights and learning to craft memorably sticky choruses. She spent the weeksleading up to the recording sessions honing the album’s songs — working andreworking 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 thecourse 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 “AllAlone” with choice details. They also enlisted the talents of keyboardist LiamO’Neil (The Stills) to round out the core trio of Lightfoot (guitar, vocals), MatthewFleming (bass) and Joel Haynes (drums).

From start to finish, the results are radiant and remarkable. Lightfoot’s touchstone influences —roots groundbreakers Maybelle Carter and SisterRosetta Tharpe, blues legends Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, soul greats Sam

Cooke and Otis Redding, jazz titans Nina Simone and Billie Holiday — are fusedwith songs that evoke the burly soul and bounding rock of Them or CreedenceClearwater Revival.For all those comparisons, however, one listen to Every Time My Mind Runs Wildwill convince you that Lightfoot is an inspiration all her own.

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11-19-2017

Terra Lightfoot talks about her first concert ever with Digital Tour Bus!

11-12-2017

The Boot premieres Terra Lightfoot new video for ‘Norma Gale’!

11-12-2017

The Deli Magazine loving the new track from Terra Lightfoot. New album ‘New Mistakes’ out now on Sonic Unyon Records!

11-12-2017

Ear To The Ground Music features “Norma Gale” from Terra Lightfoot!

10-27-2017

Ladies Only version of the new HAFILAX.com Midweek Mixdown! Includes great things from Terra Lightfoot, Iskwé & Skye Wallace.

10-13-2017

New Mistakes by Terra Lightfoot streaming in advance of release on PopMatters today!

10-13-2017

TIO and Terra Lightfoot up on Impose’s ‘Week In Pop’.

10-06-2017

The Joy of Violent Movement has the new song from Terra Lightfoot!

“New Mistakes‘ latest single, the atmospheric “Norma Gale” may arguably be Lightfoot’s most singer/songwriter-like songs, as it was inspired by her meeting and befriending Norma Gale…”

10-06-2017

New single from Terra Lightfoot called ‘Norma Gale’ is up on Exclaim!

09-29-2017

Terra Lightfoot and Scenic Route to Alaska both on Y108 Rocks!’s Indie Show!

09-16-2017

102.1 the Edge calls Terra Lightfoot’s latest single one of 5 Songs You Must Hear This Week!

09-01-2017

The Joy Of Violent Movement shares Terra Lightfoot’s video for her new single ‘Paradise’.

“Lightfoot thoroughly reinventing her sound while retaining some of the elements that first caught the attention of this site and the rest of the blogosphere”.

09-01-2017

CBC Hamilton includes the latest from Terra Lightfoot + Adrian Underhill in their Top 3 Songs To Hear This Week!

09-01-2017

Check out Terra Lightfoot’s lead single ‘Paradise’ now at Sawdust and Gin.

“the foot-stomping energy on this track is a good sign for the rest of the LP”.

08-25-2017

Terra Lightfoot’s new video is up on The Dutch Guy​!

08-18-2017

We are very excited to premiere Terra Lightfoot’s new single with American Songwriter Magazine!

01-31-2017

Sounds Good sits down for a chat with Terra Lightfoot!

01-31-2017

Terra Lightfoot’s track ‘All Alone’ in this week’s ‘5 Songs You Music Hear’. Now go and listen!

01-09-2017

Read Nanobot Rock’s fantastic review of Terra Lightfoot’s sophomore record “Every Time My Mind Runs Wild”.

01-09-2017

The Dirty Nil. Terra Lightfoot. Emay. Billy Moon. WTCHS. Arkells. All of which make up part of Cut From Steel’s great year end list!

01-09-2017

New Adrian Underhill on CBC Hamilton’s top 3 songs of the week for In The Key Of C!

Plus a great Terra Lightfoot Xmas tune!

01-09-2017

New Terra Lightfoot! Just in time for the holidays.

01-09-2017

‘All Alone’ named one of the songs you need to hear at CBC Music!

01-09-2017

New music from Her Harbour, Terra Lightfoot, and Lori Cullen on Alan Cross Official this morning!

01-09-2017

Stella Rio, Terra Lightfoot, and Billy Moon are “3 songs you need to hear this week at CBC Hamilton!

01-09-2017

The Spill Magazine names Terra Lightfoot’s ‘All Alone’ track of the day!

01-09-2017

PREMIERE! The new Terra Lightfoot video for ‘All Alone’ is streaming at PureVolume.com!

Filmed in the Scottish Highlands on her last UK tour.

01-05-2017

Terra Lightfoot just made her way down to the YouTube Space NY and Pancakes and Whiskey was there to document the event.