Joe Firstman

Joe Firstman

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Singer/Songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. Writes piano-driven ballads and sophisticated pop songs with a heavy roots-rock feel.

Biography

Joe Firstman is a singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. His unique sound and captivating live performances are something you do not want to miss. Joe blends the warmth of bands like the Counting Crows and The Black Crowes, with sophistocated songwriting of Elton John.

Joe Firstman started his musical career in the mid-90's as a teenager in North Carolina. He played in local bands and quickly became the talk of the town. He soon moved to Hollywood in hopes of making it as a singer/songwriter.

While in Los Angeles, Joe quickly made a name for himself, having regular spots at local clubs like The Whiskey. He also met and started writing with bigger artists like The Black Crowes.

In 2002, Joe Firstman was signed to Atlantic, and released an E.P (Wives Tales) followed by a full length (The War Of Women). Joe supported The War Of Women by going on tour with acts like Jewel, Lisa Marie Presley, Willie Nelson, Jason Mraz, and Sheryl Crow.

Joe separated himself from Atlantic in 2005 and became the house band on Last Call with Carson Daly, which can be seen weeknights after Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

In May, Joe put together a live EP titled "Live At The Sandbox". It was released under Beverly Martel Music, and features brand new songs performed by Joe and his friends.

Lyrics

Can't Stop Loving You

Written By: Joe Firstman

She was fading,
couldn't save her with my cursing at the laughing lord in his golden chair.
she said "leave me alone boy, can't you see i'm dying here?"
and the chapel was as empty as the bust station on sunday
and she was sad in her rented gown.
and the preacher had stock quotes hiding behind our wedding notes,
and his shares were going down.

but i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.
i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.

so i stole her sunflowers hour before the service,
she was nervous and i was broke.
and i couldn't be seen
as i slipped between some warm jim beam
and my petticoat.
didn't hear from her family,
they were somewhere between san fran and san antone.
oh sweet lord had his mercy when he cursed me with a woman
and i was damn sure happy being alone.

i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.
i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.

i didn't have the courage to tell her i was nervous
and i was worthless to the bone.
she was laughing like a siren through the service
cos she knew that i hated being alone.
baby was a bruiser
but she was the only girl
she was the only girl i had ever known.

i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.
i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.
i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.
i can't stop loving you baby,
but i can't stop hating myself.

Saving All The Love

Written By: Joe Firstman

You would invite me in on a whim
And I'd stay as long as you let me
I'd watch that smile that would stretch to your chin
When you said that you'd never forget me
It took that whole bottle for me to say
"Oh, I wish you would stay"
And I'll take all your worries away
While wondering how I'm gonna get you to quit smoking
But you stay and smile at my jokes
And my anecdotes
So I owe you now
But this road sign ain't forever

'Cause I'm saving all the love
That I'm supposed to give to Jesus
So that I can give it all to you
And the Lord's gonna be jealous
But he ain't never seen you let your hair down
And when we're dancing to the alter
The preacher won't believe us
Your mother fucking hates me
And the Lord will deceive us
But I'll still be giving it away
I'm gonna give it all to you

You come and watch me play the piano
And I'm supposed to watch your thoughts as you think
And I'm young and wrong
But your hair is long
And it's dark as the wine that we drink
Remind me of old East Bay Street
And of Friday night
Remind me you're taken
And that I am mistaken
But still to call you
When I turn 25

And when we're dancing to the alter
The preacher won't believe us
Your daddy's gonna shoot me
And the Lord will deceive us
But I'll still be giving it away
I'm gonna give it all to you

Discography

2002 - Wives Tales E.P (Atlantic)
2003 - The War Of Women (Atlantic)
2006 - Live At The Sandbox (Beverly Martel Music)

Set List

Set List from Columbus, Ohio 8/17/06

Fight Song
Empress Of Harlem
Aqua
Please Jane
Sunshine
After Los Aangeles
Anthem
Held My Breath
Saving All The Love
Walt's Waltz
These Days (Jackson Browne Cover)
Car Door
Can't Stop Loving You
Ninja Things
Now You're Gorgeous
Jolene (Ray LaMontagne Cover)
Whipping Post

Joe usually plays 15-20 songs consisting of originals and covers.

Some of the songs Joe has covered have been:

These Days (Jackson Browne)
Jolene (Ray LaMontagne)
The Blower's Daughter (Damien Rice)
A Case Of You (Joni Mitchel)
Always A Woman (Billy Joel)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)