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Cordovas Share Second Track From ATO Records Debut That Santa Fe Channel, Add Newport Folk Fest To Extensive Tour

June 25, 2018

Produced by Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale, album is out August 10th, listen to “Frozen Rose” here

June 25, 2018 – Nashville’s Cordovas today release “Frozen Rose,” the second track from their greatly anticipated forthcoming album, That Santa Fe Channel, out August 10th on ATO RecordsCLASH Magazine says “it’s a must for anyone who fell for Uncle Tupelo, Beachwood Sparks, or even luminaries such as Gram Parsons.” Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock, rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, That Santa Fe Channel was produced by the Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale in East Nashville, not far from the home that doubles as the band’s rehearsal space, headquarters, and shared living quarters.

Bandleader Joe Firstman says of the song, “’Frozen Rose’ was a group effort. After Lucca brought the heart of the song to the laboratory table and we all dug in. I always liked the hook ‘just a few times’ and we built up the structure over a few months and lots of tequila under a Pacific moon in Mexico. It’s one of our best songs to perform live.”

The album’s first single “This Town’s A Drag” has been met with critical praise and a wave of support from streaming services. After appearing on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist (2.6 million-plus followers), the track was added to “Pulse of Americana” and “Fresh Folk” playlists. It’s also currently on Apple Music’s “Eclectic Rock” playlist. Rolling Stone said the track was one of the “Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week” upon release.

Rolling Stone also says of the band, “caught halfway between Duane Allman’s Telecaster twang, the Dead’s hazy harmonies and the stoned swoon of California’s folk-rock heyday, Cordovas wring new life from older influences, hoisting their freak flag high,” while NPR Music points out that “everyone in the East Nashville band Cordovas is a lead vocalist. The country-rock group is committed to the sound of brotherhood — a few voices sharing a feeling.”

Years before Cordovas’ formation, bandleader Joe Firstman traveled the country as a solo musician. Raised in North Carolina, he moved to Hollywood as a determined 20 year-old, signing a major-label deal with Atlantic Record. When a dizzying blur of acclaimed shows — including opening dates for Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson — weren’t enough to satisfy the expectations of a big-budget record label, Firstman lost his contract and took a new job as music director on Last Call with Carson Daly. It was good work, with Firstman performing nightly alongside first-rate musicians like Thundercat and Kamasi Washington.

Cordovas are in the middle of a five-week European tour – including the first ever Songpickr show in Berlin, Norway’s Bergenfest, UK’s Maverick Festival and a headline slot at Static Roots Festival in Germany – then return to the U.S. for a tour that currently runs from July through September. They’ll make their Newport Folk Festival debut on July 29th.

Cordovas – 2018 Summer Tour Dates

Jun 27 – London, UK – Borderline

Jun 28 – Brighton, UK – The Prince Albert

Jun 29 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana

Jul 1 – Nottingham, UK – The Maze

Jul 3 – Birmingham, UK – Kitchen Garden Café

Jul 4 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Café

Jul 5 – Newcastle, UK – Gosforth Civic Theatre

Jul 7 – Woodbridge, UK – Maverick Festival

Jul 12 – Berlin, Germany – Privatclub

Jul 13 – Norderstedt, Germany – Music Star

Jul 14 – Oberhausen, Germany – Static Roots Festival

Jul 18 – Woodbridge, NJ – The Mayor’s Free Concert Series

Jul 19 – Fitchburg, MA – River Styx Brewing

Jul 20 – Boston, MA – Downeast Back Porch

Jul 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café

Jul 26 – Mobile, AL – The Brickyard

Jul 27 – Macon, GA – Bragg Jam Music Fest

Jul 29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

Jul 30 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Aug 2 – Big Sky, MT – Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Aug 4 – Elkin, NC – Reevestock Music Festival

Aug 11 – Baileys Harbor, WI – Door Country Brewing Music Hall

Aug 14 – Rockford, IL – Anderson Japanese Gardens

Aug 16 – Chicago, IL – Haymarket Americana Concert Series

Aug 19 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal

Aug 23 – Washington, DC – Pearl Street Warehouse

Aug 24 – Harrisonburg, VA – Clementine Café

Aug 25 – Wise, VA – RTE 23 Music Festival

Sept 5 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern

Sept 7 – Chicago, IL – Fitzgerald’s

Sept 8 – Bowling Green, OH – Black Swamp Arts Festival

Sept 9 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway

Sept 21-23 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion


Cordovas are: bassist/vocalist Joe Firstman, drummer Graham Spillman, keyboardist Sevans Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Lucca Soria and guitarist/vocalist Toby Weaver.


Pre-order That Santa Fe Channel here.