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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