welcome to wollenberg records,
home of richard cortez, singer/songwriter
With timeless lyrics like, “I don’t wanna be nobody’s ‘honey,’ but you drink my whiskey, spend my money, and when my love’s run out? You’re no where to be found,” Cortez’ draws inspiration from classic torch songs—originally sung by women whose lovers have “done them wrong.”
With swirling, layered background vocals by fellow queer singer-songwriter, Boy Radio, and an earnest vocal performance by Cortez, “Nodody’s Baby” is a genuine attempt to merge openly gay lyrical content with a genre of music written before the gay rights movement began.
Summer Sale Peaches
Book of Poetry
Now Available as Digital Download!
without the intention of writing a book, cortez wrote the whole of summer sale peaches in a matter of months, mostly on his phone, in transit. raw and transparent, the excruciating echo of richard’s violent and sexualized childhood rinses through these lines like blood in water. with themes of abandonment, child abuse, and heartbreak paired with new york city-specific imagery, summer sale peaches gives voice to what it feels like to be alone in a city of 8 million people.