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‘Kort with Cortney Tidwell & Kurt Wagner’ to Play In-Store at Grimey’s in Nashville

[ 1 ] June 17, 2011 |

Thanks, Nashville Scene, for the critics pick:

KORT at Grimey’s

When: Sat., June 18, 5 p.m.
Where: 1604 8th Ave. S.
Phone: 254-4801
Price: Free

Cortney Tidwell and Kurt Wagner’s loving examination of the riches of Nashville’s long-ago Chart Records label allows them to sing conventional songs with real melodies. Last year’s full-length Invariable Heartache — released under the pair’s Kort moniker, and one of the year’s more critically acclaimed Nashville recordings — moves beyond the impressionist pop Wagner makes as leader of Lambchop or Tidwell’s modal songwriting on her solo work. Run by Tidwell’s father and grandfather and featuring singles by her mother, singer Connie Eaton, Chart boasted such musical landmarks as Bill Carlisle’s 1970 “Daddy Won the War on Poverty.” Heartache concentrates on the more staid side of Chart’s history, with Wagner sounding a bit like Cat Stevens and Tidwell making like a country vocalist throughout. “Penetration” may be the record’s finest track, but Heartache makes its modest statement with some pretty uninflected material — and that’s within Nashville’s great country tradition.
— Edd Hurt

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