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Trailblazer Lori Yates is a renowned voice in Canadian roots music and one of the original pioneers of "Alternative Country" in Canada. 

The Band's Rick Danko described Yates as having "that desperate Canadian sound," sealing her legendary status.

Lori emerges with her 8th recording, “Matador,” a masterful collection of roots/indie songs that wrap around you like your favourite sweater. Lori's voice is like liquid honey; it cracks in the right places and kicks your ass with strength and conviction. 

Matador also includes a  re-recording of her Guy Clark co-write “Time After Time.”

This recording features the final contribution from the late great David Baxter, a dear friend, esteemed guitarist and bandmate from roots supergroup Hey Stella, making it a touching tribute to his musical legacy.

Matador was recorded at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studios and co-produced by Tim Vesely of the Rheostatics.

The first single, “Alive,” deals with life's complexities and is available now, as is “Time After Time” the alt-country classic co-written with Guy Clark. Both are available on all platforms including Bandcamp.

Yates burst onto Toronto's Queen West scene in the 1980s with her cowpunk band Rang Tango. After being discovered in Nashville, Lori went on to perform and record with various music legends, including Colin Linden, Jim Cuddy, and Rick Danko.. Additionally, she sang duets with Tom Wilson and Greg Allman.

She met Johnny  & June, was mentored by Tammy Wynette, jammed with Jerry Jeff Walker, partied with Harlan Howard, and recorded music  and even enjoyed jelly beans with Roy Acuff.

Many awards, accolades and nominations followed, including Juno, CCMA, Polaris Prize (Longer List), Lifetime Achievement awards, Songwriter of the Year and a SOCAN #1 Award.

Lori's move from major labels like Sony Nashville and Virgin Music Canada to her independent recordings allowed her to create her best work, proving her unwavering commitment.

Yates's lyrics from "Angels With Bloody Knees" are permanently enshrined in Hamilton's Gore Park, where she lived for 20 years before returning to Toronto in 2023.

Lori is a popular songwriting mentor, who founded "Creative Genius Songwriting" and nurtures emerging songwriters.

Lori's lengthy career and unique style have earned her respect among her peers as one of Canada's best-kept secrets. Her music is authentic and exudes genuine artistry.