Cordy Lavery - Singer, songwriter, guitarist

Well then. All about me. 

I'm an East Coast native, Jersey Shore and rural Connecticut. I have 2 wonderful parents who have been married for 61 years, and I have four brothers. I'm second in the firing order, my older brother also plays guitar and my youngest brother Patrick plays bass, guitar and keyboards in the NY/CT area. Go see him, he's good. I taught myself to play guitar at age 10, and I played in bands starting at age 13.

Influences: My Mom has really great taste in music and I remember listening to her Johnny Cash records on rainy days (couldn't turn the TV on if there was lightening) and if a Beatles song was on the radio we didn't get out of the car until it was over. Mom also had some Three Dog Night records which I loved (don't judge) mostly because they recorded songs by great writers like Randy Newman, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Dad had Otis Redding records. Yes! There weren't a lot of female guitar players that played electric, so those role models were few and far between, but you can bet Bonnie Raitt got my attention in my musically formative years, and hearing Emmylou Harris' "Pieces of the Sky" was a game changer, even though no matter how much I practice I will never be able to play like Albert Lee. Which, at this stage of my life is fine with me, I am my own sound.


In CT I had the pleasure of opening for people like Vassar Clements, Earl Scruggs, NRBQ and Ricky Scaggs. I was infamously suspended from school for 3 days for singing Ray Wylie Hubbard's, "Up against the Wall Redneck Mothers" in the high school talent show, which sealed my desire to leave, and I moved to Austin, Texas the day after I graduated from high school.

I won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition in 1979, as well as n Austin Music Umbrella Lyrical achievement award in the early 1980's. Bands I've been fronted include the critically acclaimed His Boy Elroy, The Fontanelles, The Keytones, and currently Utley3. I've played in clubs in the Austin area as well as Dallas and Houston. I play acoustic and electric 6 string and electric 12 string guitars. I am currently recovering from an effects pedal addiction and have narrowed it down to 6 including the tuner, which is a big step for me. I have to say, if you've never tried Electro-Harmonix's B9 Organ pedal you are missing out on some really cool sounds. Playing in a trio, it's nice to mix it up a little. 

I hadn't really been playing much acoustic guitar until my friend Kerry Polk got sick, and I joined multitudes of singer songwriters at the song slams at her nursing home. I forgot how much I enjoyed it, and how it really let the songs stand out and breathe a little. And it took off from there. So I have Kerry to thank for getting this acoustic project going, along with the support of the wonderful people in my circle. 

This project was slated to be out at the end of March, but I had surgery on my face to remove a melanoma (insert your favorite skin and sun warning here) which was more extensive than I anticipated and needless to say the cover photos won't be done until it's all healed. Or at least until I stop scaring the neighbors when I answer the door. 

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Twitter @CordyLavery

Well then.

  Woo hoo! "Cordless" made the list of 2018's Top Selling Texas LP's in Texas Record Stores. A big thank you is in order to Antone's Record Shop for their above and beyond support of independent artists. It's also the coolest place to spend a rainy day or Sunday afternoon. And if you don't already have a copy of "Cordless", what are you waiting for?

Check out the full list here:

Big thanks to the Texas Music Office (especially Steve Ray) for placing value on the music created here with their support. 

The Tree Remembers...With the Kavanaugh hearings, I saw so many inspirational posts, most of them heartbreaking and empowering at the same time. Someone posted the African proverb “The axe forgets, the tree remembers”,  a Zimbabwean proverb from the Shona tribe, meaning that a person who harms another or borrows from someone will often forget, but the person who is harmed or borrowed from will always remember. I was out and about and this song formed in my head, so I hurried home, wrote and recorded it here:


The lyrics are also posted on YouTube.



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"The Tree Remembers" - finally started recording, once again at Ameripolitan Studio with Cris Burns working his magic. - the acoustic guitar tracks and the wonderful and brilliant Alice Evans added some beautiful piano and organ. When it's finished and released, the proceeds will be going to RAINN, the National Sexual Assault Network, founded by Tori Amos.

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