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Tin Star’s title track is a country music tribute to Nashville’s no-hopers, sung with feeling by Lindi Ortega, still hunting for the big breakthrough over a decade after her debut.
The cards are laid out.
Ortega’s spirited vocals have the twang of Patsy Cline and throaty vibrato of Wanda Jackson; the music is noir-Americana, classic country with a twist of rockabilly.
It won’t break her if you don’t pay attention – “I’ll still be singing when no one’s around,” she quavers at the end – but you should.