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INTERVIEW: The Quietus – Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell Chart Their Work Together

[ 8 ] October 3, 2010 |

Connie Eaton Album Cover

From The Quietus:

Nashville’s Kurt Wagner and Cortney Tidwell have teamed up to record an album of country duets inspired by vintage label Chart Records. The Quietus has the exclusives on their new video and a mini documentary, and chats to the two about its evolution.

In 2006, Nashville chanteuse Cortney Tidwell teamed up with fellow ‘Home Of Country Music’ resident Kurt Wagner, of Lambchop, to record a song for her debut full length, Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up. It still took two years for the duo to join one another on stage, though, performing their collaborative ‘Society’ and also the Don Willliams’ country hit, ‘I Believe In You’, at a party to celebrate the completion of Tidwell’s second album, Boys. A friendship soon developed, and the two began to discuss the possibility of further work together.

It was when Wagner learned of Tidwell’s family and its strong ties to Nashville musical history that the concept of Invariable Heartache began to flourish. Lambchop had always fostered a love for country music, with the artwork on their early records exhorting people to visit the city’s Country Music Hall Of Fame, and Wagner’s discovery that Tidwell’s grandfather had run country label Chart Records, with her father joining later on as A&R, set his mind racing. Further discoveries, such as the fact that her mother had also recorded for Chart and later ABC Dunhill, that her other grandfather had performed regularly at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, as well as the fact that Tidwell’s childhood memories included visits by the likes of Jack Clements and Townes Van Zandt, fuelled his intrigue.

The result is the snappily titled Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell Present KORT: Invariable Heartache, released on October 18, is a collection of songs recorded for newly revivified Chart Records and one – by Cortney’s mother, Connie Eaton – for ABC Dunhill. It’s a major departure for them both, so The Quietus invited Kurt Wagner and Cortney Tidwell to explain the story behind the record, what it meant to them, and how it was made…

Read the interview….

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