KORT (Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell) – “Wild Mountain Berries” (Stereogum Premiere)

KORT is the Nashville-based and bred project of Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and singer-songwriter Cortney Tidwell. (Combine his first name with hers, etc., though they could’ve also done some sort of play on the grunge years.) Their Invariable Heartache features a dozen covers of old country songs initially recorded for and released by Chart Records, the Nashville label run by Tidwell’s grandfather, later A&R’d by her father, and that released music by her mother, the late Connie Eaton, in the ’60s and early ’70s. Here’s “Wild Mountain Berries,” a song first recorded by LaWanda Lindsey & Kenny Vernon for Chart and handled elsewhere for other labels by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynne and Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson. Kurt and Cortney’s take:

KORT (Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell) – “Wild Mountain Berries”

A video:

Invariable Heartache is out 2/9 via City Slang. Eleven of the songs come from the Chart catalog. One track was originally recorded by Tidwell’s mother for ABC Dunhill. To continue the family theme, Cortney’s husband Todd Tidwell (and Roger Moutenot) recorded the collection. Wagner produced. Stream the whole thing: