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Cortney Tidwell, ‘Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up’ (Ever)

It’s tempting to dismiss this Nashville singer/songwriter as a standard-issue folkie, but on her debut album, a more intriguing picture emerges, as her wispy acoustic guitar and vocal melodies quietly drift into breezy experimentalism. From twangy and ethereal (“Pictures on the Sidewalk”) to impressionistic and clicky (“I Do Not Notice”) to undeniably Feisty (“Missing Link”), Stars skitters around styles, yet its songs always feel of a piece. Even when mingling with Lambchop’s deadpan Kurt Wagner, Tidwell never stops searching for her voice.

Now Hear This: Cortney Tidwell – “Eyes Are at the Billions” DOWNLOAD MP3

Now Watch This: Cortney Tidwell – “Missing Link”

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