Terra Lightfoot Photo: Dustin Rabin
Terra Lightfoot Photo: Dustin Rabin

Terra Lightfoot: Paradise

Terra Lightfoot - "Paradise" (Sonic Unyon): This Hamilton-based roots-rocker is refreshing proof that talent and a strong work ethic can still pay off in these hype-driven times. She's a contender for the title of the hardest-working person in Canadian music, as evidenced by her recent award of CIMA's Road Gold certification.

Lightfoot (no relation) made significant inroads with her previous studio album, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild. Word has just come down that her next album, New Mistakes, will be released on Sonic Unyon on Oct. 13th. This advance single and video will tide us over until then, as it's a rousing boot-stomper that does justice to Lightfoot's vibrant vocals and raunchy guitar playing.

In a label press release, she explains that "Paradise’ is about letting go of perfection in love. It’s not wrestling with the problems and missteps in our relationships but embracing them."

She adds that "’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. I ended up with a new verse melody and entirely different lyrics. Gus and Werner [album producers Gus van Go and Werner F] liked the new verse so much they said, ‘Okay, now go write a chorus to match that verse’ — and ‘Paradise’ was born!”

Lightfoot is about to hit the highway in earnest again. She performs at Winnipeg's Interstellar Rodeo on Aug 19 and at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square on Aug. 25. Playing solo, she supports Bruce Cockburn on an Eastern tour, Sept. 15 to Sept. 30, then opens North American shows for her pals Whitehorse, from Oct. 1 to 19, with a full band show with them slotted for Massey Hall on Dec. 8.

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