Red Cortez: EP/Tour w/ Morrissey


Red Cortez
Unsigned Los Angeles rock band Red Cortez has been selected by Morrissey to be the only support act on the first twelve dates of his upcoming U.S. "Tour of Refusal" from February 28 in Boca Raton, FL until March 17 in Pittsburgh, PA. Also in March, Red Cortez will perform at the 2009 South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX and release their new EP Hands To The Wall.

The invitation to tour with Morrissey comes on the heels of a remarkable twelve-month period during which Red Cortez has established itself as one of the most exciting up and coming bands in Southern California. Powerful and literate, the band has a fresh sound born out of the most classic of rock influences.

Red Cortez is Harley Prechtel-Cortez on guitar/piano and vocals, Diego Guerrero on drums, Ryan Kirkpatrick on bass, and Calvin J. Love on guitar/keys.

As Red Cortez, and under their previous moniker The Weather Underground, the band has played dates with Little Joy, Matt Costa, The Walkmen, Black Mountain, Delta Spirit, French Kicks, Razorlight, and Constantines, in addition to appearances at Bonnaroo, Noisepop, SXSW and Daytrotter.

Reviewing Red Cortez's show earlier this week supporting Razorlight at the sold out Troubadour in Los Angeles, wrote:

"A pretty standard Red Cortez concert: a near-religious fervor in the band's heat-twisted and passionate take on soulful rock 'n' roll and bluesy musical salvation... the hypnotic ability to master a typically chatty L.A. crowd within a minute... this band's 'pretty standard' show is any other group's once-in-a-lifetime performance."

Now Red Cortez looks forward to touring throughout the East Coast with Morrissey, another appearance at SXSW, and the release of their new EP Hands To The Wall. Featuring five songs including "Fell On The Floor" and "All The Difference," this EP is a worthy introduction to Red Cortez. Select tracks from the EP are currently streaming at Red Cortez' MySpace page.

Hands To The Wall will be available for download directly from as well as from all fine digital outlets thanks to reapandsow music. The EP will also be available at Red Cortez shows.

02.24 Casbah, San Diego, CA w/The Shys
02.28 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL w/MORRISSEY
03.01 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL w/MORRISSEY
03.03 Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL w/MORRISSEY
03.04 Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL w/MORRISSEY
03.06 House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach, SC w/MORRISSEY
03.07 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA w/MORRISSEY
03.09 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC w/MORRISSEY
03.11 Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC w/MORRISSEY
03.13 The National, Richmond, VA w/MORRISSEY
03.14 Warner Theatre, Washington, DC w/MORRISSEY
03.16 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ w/MORRISSEY
03.17 Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA w/MORRISSEY
03.18 SXSW, Austin TX
03.19 SXSW, Austin TX
03.20 SXSW, Austin TX
03.21 SXSW, Austin TX
03.21 Mess With Texas 3, Austin, TX

And check out another new Red Cortez song here:

[Published on: 2/10/09]

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Chapelchilla starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/10/2009 06:34PM
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Sounds like they could be really good. I will make it a point to arrive early for the Durham show. Strangely enough, Johnny Marr will be playing in Raleigh on the same night. 2 original Smith's a half hour apart, could there be a sit in? Dreaming............

window4eyes starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/10/2009 10:13PM
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so great! moz and red cortez ! what a show that will be!!

wanda84 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/11/2009 01:23AM
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A truly literate and poetic band opening for an icon that represents all that is poetic and literate. Way to go Red Cortez. You guys are legends in the making.

shutupkids Wed 2/11/2009 06:59AM
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I heard Jeff ran out of blow.

NoamChomsky starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/11/2009 10:33PM
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Amazing news!! I love this band. So pure, genuine, down to earth! They are also some of the nicest and kindest people i've ever met. So happy fo r them!

musichoundinthedr starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/3/2009 07:12AM
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Red Cortez rocks in Florida! Saw these guys twice because the Moz had a tickle in his throat..........Lucky me since they played at the Revolution in Fort Lauderdale and then in Orlando at The Social. fab FAB great performances. Now I know what the buzz has been on the West Coast. Man, if anyone is close to their shows with their east coast tour. check them out. They are history in the making.