"I reached this moment in my career where it was a question of whether or not I would continue to do music," Ortega tells Rolling Stone Country. "I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to survive, pay my rent. I was at this moment where my time was up at my label, and I didn't want to have a record deal anymore. I left it all behind and thought I was done for. But I decided that I would keep going and continue to make music, and I wrote a couple songs that fell in line with that idea: to keep going, juxtaposing the road of life with the actual road, and how you can't really get off unless you actually get off. You have to keep going and pick yourself up. And hopefully you reach someplace where you are happy."
Til the Goin' Gets Gone (coming March 17) is a departure from much of Ortega's previous work and its honkytonking, rockabilly orchestration, putting her haunting vocals at center stage and leaning on simple, stark production. Recorded in Nashville at Eastside Manor Studio, the four-track collection includes three originals – the title track, the ode to the lengths some must go to make ends meet, "What A Girls Gotta Do," and "Final Bow," a song that Ortega thought might be her last – as well as a cover of Townes Van Zandt's seminal "Waiting 'Round to Die."
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