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5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings
kenneth novak

Americana at it's best

The perfect compliment of vocals and classic music will leave you craving more. It doesn't matter what you like, there is something on this alnum for you. If you like CCR then give "Standin on The Porch" a listen. In the mood for Grateful dead listen to "Feel good to be Free". How about the eagles, then try "All I Found", or " Old Dog". Give "Lousiana Hurricane" a listen and be carried away by Joe Firstman and Jon Loyd's soulful vocal, backed by Toby Weaver's great guitar solo that will make you want to get up and move. Once you do, you will keep listening and be transport to the wonderful place of great summer music and great memories. Can't wait for more!

Jenni_Wesley

Cordovas

Let's see, what can I say about the Cordovas.. They are amazingly talented, and their harmonies and unique style will keep ya coming back to show after show! I have this original album, the Live in Nashville album, as well as numerous other live recordings that are on constant repeat in my iPod and car! Every live show I go to, and I have been to several, is better than the last! Can't wait for the new album to come out! :)

rocknrollfool

Blown Away

I would not know this band if it wasn't for Zach Myers of Shinedown. He took Joe Firstman, singer/guitarist/pianist & founder of the Cordovas and guitar/violinist, Toby Weaver on tour with him last fall. The first show I saw, I was blown away! What outstanding musicians! I can't get enough of them! They now have a fan for life! I highly recommend that everyone should buy their music and see them play live. Even if their genre of music isn't appealing to some, keep an open mind. I promise experiencing the Cordovas will be a treasure of a lifetime.

About Cordovas

A band with one foot in the present and another in the past, the Cordovas embrace the sound of classic Americana and country-rock, with the Band, the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band as key influences and plenty of close harmonies and dueling guitar work. The band is led by bassist, vocalist, and songwriter Joe Firstman, who had recorded as a solo artist and led the house band on Last Call with Carson Daly before forming the band in 2011. Teaming with guitarist Toby Weaver, the Cordovas issued a self-titled indie album in 2011, while earning a following through extensive roadwork. A second solo album, Love Bravely, followed in 2014, and as Firstman and the band gained more listeners, they signed with ATO Records, releasing That Santa Fe Channel in 2018.

The Cordovas are the brainchild of songwriter and musician Joe Firstman, who was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1979. Firstman began playing piano when he was 12 years old, and by his mid-teens he was playing in local bands. His band Firstman (also known as Isabel Sol) developed a powerful regional following, and after moving to Los Angeles, California, Firstman landed a record deal as a solo artist. Atlantic Records released Firstman's first solo album, The War of Women, in 2003, which earned strong reviews despite minimal sales, and in 2005 Firstman became the bandleader on the television series Last Call with Carson Daly. Firstman continued to record and release material while working in television, and in 2009, when he left Last Call, he began ramping up his career as a performer. In 2011, Firstman relocated to Nashville, and reconnected with Jaron Lowenstein, a friend who was a member of the country duo Evan & Jaron. Eager to play music that reflected their tastes in vintage Americana and country-rock in the tradition of the Band, the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band, Firstman and Lowenstein formed the first edition of the Cordovas, with Lowenstein on vocals, Firstman on bass and vocals, Toby Weaver and Johnny Gray on guitars, Jon Loyd on keyboards, and Caleb Gilbreath on drums. The Cordovas soon hit the road and, before 2011 was out, they recorded their self-titled debut album.

Lowenstein soon dropped out of the band, but the Cordovas continued on, with Firstman and Weaver anchoring the lineup through a number of personnel changes. A live album, Cordovas Live from Nashville, followed in 2012, and in 2014 Firstman released a second studio effort under the Cordovas name, Love Bravely. By this time, the group was dividing its time between Southern California, Todos Santos, Mexico (where the band gigged regularly and Firstman booked a concert series), and Madison, Tennessee (not far from Nashville, where the band shared a communal home and practice space). The Cordovas' frequent touring had earned them a solid following, attracting the attention of the artist-friendly ATO Records label. ATO signed the band in 2017, and the Cordovas -- now featuring Firstman, Weaver, Lucca Soria on guitar, Sevans Henderson on keyboards, and Graham Spillman on drums -- decamped to Todos Santos to write their next album. In June 2018, ATO released the third studio effort from the group, That Santa Fe Channel. ~ Mark Deming

ORIGIN
Nashville, TN
FORMED
2011

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