Joe Firstman

Joe Firstman bought an $18 cross-country Greyhound ticket from his home in North Carolina to Los Angeles, arriving with a beat-up guitar and head full of songs. He quickly found the big stage. It all happened quickly: first came the big Hollywood gigs, then the industry buzz, then the big deal with Atlantic Records and national tours with big rock stars like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson, then the national TV gig. There was ego and excess and beautiful ladies and music, music, music. Firstman wrote it all down and sang his songs like his life depended on it.

"In the songs of Joe Firstman, sensitive young men prowl the hills of Los Angeles, searching for fame and beauty, only to find self-destructive behavior and egos gone wild…” wrote Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. “While Hollywood's peaks and pitfalls have been prominently charted by songwriters from Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne to Warren Zevon, Firstman aims to reinvent the milieu for his own generation."

In 2009, Firstman’s full-time, four-year job as bandleader on Last Call with Carson Daly ended and Firstman shifted his focus to his independent musical pursuits. Firstman released his 3rd studio album El Porto in 2010 and another LP, Swear It Was A Dream in 2011. As Firstman was wrapping up Swear It Was A Dream in Nashville, he formed a new band dubbed “Cordovas.” Their debut, self-titled, album features all new songs written and produced by Firstman. Cordovas released their second LP, Love Bravely, in 2014 followed by the Prison Guards EP in 2015.

Past Shows


Jun
26
th
2016
Turf Club
Jun
26
th
2016
Turf Club

Cordovas and Joe Firstman

with Jackson and the Roosters and Jake Jones
Jul
16
th
2015
Clown Lounge
Jul
16
th
2015
Clown Lounge

Sam Outlaw

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with Joe Firstman
Aug
17
th
2013
7th St Entry
Aug
17
th
2013
7th St Entry

Joe Firstman

Performing his most well known album "WAR OF WOMEN"
with The Gallery

More Shows

Nov
6
th
First Avenue
postponed

Passenger

Dec
1
st
NoonChorus

Sylvan Esso

May
9
th
7th St Entry

The BellRays and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club

Feb
11
th
First Avenue

STRFKR

with The Undercover Dream Lovers