Sunday, January 30, 2011

KORT but sweet

Country is not really my thing, but a new collaboration between Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Nashville recording heiress/singer Courtney Tidwell is pretty extraordinary. Tidwell’s grandfather Slim Williamson ran the historic Nashville label Chart Records, her dad did A&R for the label and her mother sang for it. Their new record, “Invariable Heartache” cherry-picks 11 songs from the Chart Records catalog, arranges them minimally and warmly, and pairs Wagner and Tidwell in singing them. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful record, even if you’re generally put off by twang (I am), and I particularly like "Incredibly Lonely" and a Tidwell sung track called “A Special Day.”

This "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries" is okay, too.

BTW, I’m putting together another mix fairly soon and will probably not post it publicly. So if you want it, send me an email at jenpkelly AT gmail DOT com and tell me who you are. I’ll send a link to anyone who seems legit. If I already send you stuff all the time, even when you don’t want it or ask for it, you’ll probably get it anyway. Sorry about that.


Jean-Luc Garbo said...

I just might like this one. I've needed an excuse for some Tidwell anyway.

jenniferpkelly said...

It's pretty gorgeous. I don't even like country, and I like this.

Jean-Luc Garbo said...

I really liked this one. It was laidback, whick worked well for my early afternoon. I had no clue Kurt was duet partner here, but it worked. He and CT were a good blend. I've got to listen to it some more to let the lyrics sink in, but this was really enjoyable.