KORT is Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner and solo singer/songwriter Cortney Tidwell, and with covers album Invariable Heartache (City Slang), the duo has recorded a sort of love letter to its hometown of Nashville and the city’s musical past. Eleven of the LP’s dozen tracks were originally recorded in the ’60s and ’70s for the Music City-based Chart Records (a label with huge familial ties for Tidwell), and the 12th song was cut by Tidwell’s mom, Connie Eaton, in 1975 for ABC Dunhill. And while the heartfelt Invariable Heartache is certainly ensconced in Nashville’s storied musical history, it’s a thoroughly modern statement by two of the town’s brightest hopes for Music City’s future being as fertile as its past. Wagner and Tidwell will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Q&A with them.
Tidwell: Now, when in Zurich—and I know that those who read this post surely find themselves there from time to time—one can’t help but stop by this fine example of “heartache” personified in glass by one of my favorite visual practitioners: Sigmar Polke. Here you will find one of this great artist’s last and lasting contributions to our culture, and what better location to present it than in this storied location: Grossmünster, where the connection between art and heartache are never far apart but rather there to be connected, absorbed and restored through the eyes-only (no photos please) experience intended. One only need to be reminded that in his passing last year, we lost one of the great masters whose influences extended far beyond the elite observer and all the way to the lesser peepers of this Nashville music maker.
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