Album: Kurt & Cortney, KORT: Invariable Heartache (City Slang)

Kurt is the lugubrious Lambchopper, Cortney is the Nashvillian Ms Tidwell, and KORT is their collaboration on country songs from the vaults of Chart Records.

We're talking country duets in the old manner and we're in the hands of a versatile band – a drummer with feel!– more than worthy of the source material. Invariable Heartache pulls off the clever trick of being trad and alt at the same time. And while Wagner's voice is not always up to it, Tidwell's authentic country pipes are the real revelation here. Simmy Richman

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