Share new single, “Frozen Rose”
Make their ATO Records debut with That Santa Fe Channel,
produced by Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale, out 10th August
Currently on a five-week European tour
inc. 27th June at the Borderline in London
Rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock with That Santa Fe Channel, out August 10th on ATO Records. 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.
Ahead of their UK tour starting on Wednesday 27th at London’s Borderline (dates below), the band share new single “Frozen Rose“. Band leader 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.”
Cordovas – Frozen Rose
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
That Santa Fe Channel is timely — and timeless — blurring the lines between rock, country, and amplified folk music. It’s highlighted by unbelievable harmonies, loose-yet-masterful musicianship and undeniable songwriting chops.
Rolling Stone says “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, band leader 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 begin a five-week European tour this week – including the first ever Songpickr show in Berlin – then return to the U.S. for a tour that currently runs from July through September. Cordovas are a formidable live act, as Wide Open Country noted about their AmericanaFest set last year, “Cordovas proved classic American rock-and-roll can still fire up a club like it did in its heyday.”
Cordovas are: bassist/vocalist Joe Firstman, drummer Graham Spillman, keyboardist Sevans Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Lucca Soria and guitarist/vocalist Toby Weaver.
“Frozen Rose” Artwork:
1. This Town’s a Drag
2. Selfish Loner
3. Talk To Me
4. I’m The One Who Needs You Tonight
5. Frozen Rose
6. Santa Fe
7. Standin’ On The Porch
8. Your Town
9. Step-Back Red