Fans of Canada’s Terra Lightfoot know that the soulful rocker is an astonishing talent. That’s more obvious than ever with today’s reveal of a new video for the lead single off her forthcoming studio album. “Paradise” will be available for streaming and download stores as of today. Lightfoot’s full-length New Mistakes (Sonic Unyon Records) is set for release on October 13, 2017, with pre-orders available NOW.
The “Paradise” video, directed by Dustin Rabin (photographer for Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and director of performance-based videos for Billy Talent), sees its premiere via American Songwriter, a publication whose appreciation of all genres of music dovetails with Lightfoot’s own panoramic musical vision.
The artist’s strengths as a songwriter, vocalist and performer, memorably showcased on her last studio outing, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, are even more evident here. With New Mistakes, 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 outing. From the ground-shaking stomp of “Paradise” and wild-eyed energy of “Pinball” that open the set to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steeltown native’s third studio record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence. She has some heavyweight friends along for the ride, too: Jake Clemons of the E Street Band brings a muscular sax solo to “Hold You,” while “Slick Back Kid” gets tangy slide guitar work from guest vocalist Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers.
Produced by Gus van Go and Werner F, 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 brokedown dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert.
Terra Lightfoot on “Paradise”
For me, “Paradise” is about letting go of perfection in love. It’s not wrestling with the problems and missteps in our relationships but embracing them. I think it's a more realistic way to look at love and it gives me some comfort to know I'm not standing there with rose-coloured glasses on. “Paradise” actually started out as a different song called “Thunder” that was a huge hit at our shows. On the last day of tracking the record, I had this crazy idea that I wanted to change the words because I wasn’t happy with all of them, so I set up a pillow fort and a guitar in the tracking room, went to work… and ended up with a new verse melody and completely different lyrics. Gus and Werner liked the new verse so much they said, “Okay, now go write a chorus to match that verse” — and “Paradise” was born!
TERRA LIGHTFOOT ON TOUR
Sept 15 • Fredericton, NB • Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival *
Sept 16 • Halifax, NS • Rebecca Cohn Auditorium *
Sept 17 • Summerside, PE • Harbourfront Theatre *
Sept 19 • Montréal, QC • Club Soda *
Sept 20 • Québec City, QC • Impérial de Québec *
Sept 21 • Sherbrooke, QC • Théâtre Granada *
Sept 22 • Ottawa, ON • National Arts Centre *
Sept 23 • Port Hope, ON • Cultivate Festival
Sept 25 • Peterborough, ON @ Showplace Performance Centre *
Sept 26 • Kitchener, ON • Centre in the Square *
Sept 27 • Kingston, ON • Grand Theatre *
Sept 29 • London, ON • London Music Hall *
Sept 30 • Hamilton, ON • FirstOntario Concert Hall *
Oct 1 • Allston, MA • Great Scott †
Oct 2 • Brooklyn, NY • Baby’s Alright †
Oct 4 • Chicago, IL • Schubas †
Oct 6 • Madison, WI • The Frequency †
Oct 7 • Goshin, IN • Ignition Garage †
Oct 11 • Winnipeg, MB • Burton Cummings Theatre ‡
Oct 12 • Saskatoon, SK • Broadway Theatre ‡
Oct 13 • Regina, SK • WaWa Shrine Centre ‡
Oct 14 • Edmonton, AB • Winspear Centre ‡
Oct 17 • Lethbridge, AB • Geomatic Attic ‡
Oct 18 • Mission, BC • Clarke Foundation Theatre ‡
Oct 19 • Vancouver, BC • The Vogue Theatre ‡
Dec 8 • Toronto, ON • Massey Hall ‡
* Solo, supporting Bruce Cockburn † Solo, supporting Whitehorse ‡ Full band, supporting Whitehorse