Rojos Calientes Release First CD 'Corazón'; Summit County, Colo. Latingrass Band Spices Up the Rocky Mountains

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Imported from Peru, spiced up in Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Rojos Calientes today announced the release of their first CD, 'Corazón.' The Latingrass band from Summit County, Colo. brings a unique sound with Latin and bluegrass flavor, Spanish Lyrics, and eclectic rhythms influenced by everything from rock, funk and jazz, to swing and folk, Americana, flamenco, gypsy jazz and classical music.

'Corazón' is a tremendous work of art and a true representation of the band's unique and exciting sound

Imported from Peru, spiced up in Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Rojos Calientes today announced the release of their first CD, 'Corazón.' The Latingrass band from Summit County, Colo. brings a unique sound with Latin and bluegrass flavor, Spanish Lyrics, and eclectic rhythms influenced by everything from rock, funk and jazz, to swing and folk, Americana, flamenco, gypsy jazz and classical music.

To listen to Rojos Calientes, please go to http://www.rojoscalientes.com.

"'Corazón' is a tremendous work of art and a true representation of the band's unique and exciting sound," said Ed Billeaud of Snowflake Studios in Breckenridge, producers of 'Corazón'. "It's been fun seeing Rojos Calientes build a fan base here in Summit County and now the CD will help to spread their music."

The CD begins with 'Tantos Años,' a fast-paced tune that was the first song lead singer and guitarist Raul Quintanilla and mandolin player Mike Huberman ever played together.

"I wrote it a long time ago, but then I gave it to Raul; he started playing guitar on it and it changed into a different thing," Huberman said.

"That's when we started calling it Latingrass," Quintanilla said.

The two met at an open mic in Summit Cove, Colo. Quintanilla, a Peru native, had just moved to Colorado from Montana and wanted to check out the scene. His performance grabbed Huberman's attention.

"I knew right away we had to do something," Huberman said.

Bassist Ryan Blizzard and viola player Angie Janzen had similar feelings when they first heard the Latin and bluegrass-inspired jams. Blizzard saw them performing at the South Park Music Tour with a different band -- one that didn't have a bassist -- so he contacted them. Then, at another open mic in Frisco, Janzen approached the group. "They were pretty unique with the Latin feel and I thought the classical sound of the fiddle would really complement their rootsy vibe," Janzen said.

Now, three years after that first open mic, the band is releasing their first album: 'Corazón.' Corazón literally translates in English to "heart," but in the sense it's used on the CD it means "sweetheart" or "darling."

As for what's next for Rojos Calientes, "We're trying to do a 'Rojos en Vivo' CD with live performances, and I think we have material for the next album too. We're planning on touring soon at least within Colorado, and we'd really like to play in a major music festival," said Quintanilla.

"We have been working on writing new material for our next album," added Huberman. "I would say we have more than half of it ready. Playing shows continues, however we would really like to expand where we play by playing more extensively throughout Colorado and in the not-so-far future, venturing out of state!"

In September 2007, Rojos Calientes were honored as the top New Age/World band on OurStage.com for their song 'Tantos Anos,' which translates to 'So Many Years.' The top ranking earned them an opening slot for Devotchka on October 27, 2007 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Rojos has also shared the stage with Elephant Revival, The Abalone Dots and White Water Ramble, just to name a few. They also were invited to appear at the Swallow Hill Harvest Fest in fall of 2008, as well as the South Park Music Tour in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Most recently, 'Tantos Anos' was honored as the runner up song in the World category on OurStage.com.

To read about this honor, please see the Q&A with Rojos Calientes on OurStage.com: http://blog.ourstage.com/2009/08/16/qa-with-rojos-calientes/

The band's music and CD are available on their website, RojosCalientes.com.
Rojos Calientes are:
Raul Quintanilla (Vocals, Guitar)
Mike Huberman (Mandolin, Vocals)
Ryan Blizzard ( Bass )
Angie Janzen (Fiddle, Vocals)
Francisco Saldaña (Percussion)

*Some content in this news release originally appeared in the Summit Daily News article "A 'red hot' new CD, "by Cody R. Olivas. To read about Rojos Calientes, please click the following link: http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20090703/ARCHIVES01/907029991&parentprofile=search

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