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Sounds Like: The harmony-heavy, guitar-fueled house band at a Big Pink keg party in 1968

For Fans of: Grateful Dead's American Beauty, Little Feat's Dixie Chicken, Dawes' North Hills

Why You Should Pay Attention: Already cult favorites in Nashville, Cordovas have built honorary home bases across the globe, thanks to recurring shows in Todos Santos, Mexico – where ringleader Joe Firstman runs the yearly Tropic of Cancer Concert Series – and a touring schedule that recently included headlining gigs in Sweden and a stateside run alongside the Turnpike Troubadours. The band's sound, though, is decidedly American. 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 on their upcoming album, That Santa Fe Channel.

They Say: "We did everything live," Firstman says of That Santa Fe Channel, which was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale. "Even the harmonies were recorded together, with all three of us singing. We probably did 15 takes of the first song, 'This Town's a Drag.' Kenneth wanted it to sound as real and authentic as possible, and when I listen back, it gets better and better every time."

Hear for Yourself: "I'm the One Who Needs You Tonight" is rich with harmonies and Grateful Dead inspiration. R.C. 

NPR Music Cordovas

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. Nowhere is that clearer than on the tender ballad "I'm The One Who Needs You Tonight," off the band's upcoming record That Santa Fe Channel.


Cordovas på Akkurat, Stockholm

 Joe Firstman, Jon Loyd , Graham Spillman and Lucca Soria (L to R)

Joe Firstman, Jon Loyd , Graham Spillman and Lucca Soria (L to R)

There is not the smallest drum kit I have seen, although most running so teeny usually make a deal out of it. But Graham Spillman play like bass drum, snare, cymbal and hihat simply is what is needed; He even finish the first set with a small drum solo.

Similarly, the entire Cordova's a band that sounds better than it is. Four men, including three prestigious lead singer and all the singing voices. Lucca Soria plays nifty 70s guitar as well as carrying with it the sound of the double guitar loops, Jon Lloyd is both sparkling piano and drab organ in its simple keyboard and Joe Firstman working so diligently on the basis that he sometimes becomes like a rhythm guitar too.

And yes, obviously harbors several songs in improvisational jampartier - but never for long.

The band is from Nashville, and in 2012 gave out an album on their own label, which have had time to notice. Now it is published in Swedish rootsy and Cordova thank with just over a month's tour of the Nordic region, with completion in Stockholm.

And they have a way to start abruptly, without any intro or takeoff, I almost only heard of African bands. With a turn so big and multilayered that it would take time to build, but everything is there from the first second, as if someone pressed the play in the middle of a song.

Not that it sounds complicated, this is a band that alludes to the time that sounded lojsvängigt and harmony singing sweetly in the 70s, from The Band Crosby, Stills & Nash via the Grateful Dead and Little Feat. Like all of them mastered the an appalling amount of music, which they gladly joins together a little about each other, so that the songs sway hither and thither. Although each phrase allows prototypical - of folk-rock, New Orleans swing, country, funk, gospel, hillbilly, blues rock riffs happy ...

Typically, they play two rather short sets to then draw countless cover songs as encores. Yet it is something that is lost, then, the original songs hold similar height but packs more dimensions. A new album is in progress, produced by Kenneth Pattengale from folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, it can probably only be a delight.



by Cordovas