Squirrel Flower Covers “Cortez The Killer”

Squirrel Flower AKA: Ella Williams, has shared her cover of the Neil Young & Crazy Horse song “Cortez the Killer”
Squirrel Flower Live Photo by Laura Harvey

Squirrel Flower AKA: Ella Williams, has shared her cover of the Neil Young & Crazy Horse song “Cortez the Killer” – originally featured on their beloved 1975 release, Zuma. The performance was recorded live at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin, TX on March 15, 2024. Squirrel Flower is currently touring in support of her critically beloved latest album, Tomorrow’s Fire – released October 2023 via Polyvinyl Record Co., and will be performing on select dates this Spring and Summer with Julia Jacklin, Pedro the Lion, Courtney Barnett, and Bob Mould. Squirrel Flower will also be headlining a special run of dates across the UK and Europe, including her first-ever live shows in Spain.

Squirrel Flower’s rendition of “Crazy Horse”, includes friends and collaborators, including members of the Squirrel Flower live band, Horse Jumper of Love, Teethe, Truth Club, Greg Freeman, and Polyvinyl label mates alexalone. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes, it’s a seething slow burn that places Williams’ voice front and center, floating atop a wall of guitars – five, to be exact..

Williams on their cover of “Cortez the Killer”:

“I decided to cover ‘Cortez’ with my friends as a way to feel the power of community amidst the fascism surrounding us that week in Texas. I love Neil Young and his uncompromising convictions, so I thought this song would be the perfect expression against everything going on. I had the idea the day before the show. Alex offered up their practice space, we ran through it a few times, and then Dimitri and Greg joined the crew day-of. We put it all out there with this one. In the words of Neil, it was ‘one of the pleasures of my life to be able to be on this stage with these people.


05/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust # [SOLD OUT]
05/18 – Somerville, MA @ The Armory – Still Around Benefit Show
05/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool [SOLD OUT]
05/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust # [SOLD OUT]
05/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Manor Fest 6
06/16 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective +
06/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge +
06/19 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater +
06/22 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club +
06/23 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon +
06/24 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall +
06/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi +
06/27 – Detroit, MI @ El Club +
06/28 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall +
06/30 – Boston, MA @ Crystal Ballroom +
07/04 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
07/05 – Paris, France @ Le Mecanique Ondulatoire
07/06 – Bordeaux, France @ Jalles House Rock
07/07 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmataz
07/08 – Madrid, Spain @ Siroco
07/09 – Valencia, Spain @ El Loco
07/11 – Vannes, France @ Echonova Hors Les Murs
07/12 – Montmartin, France @ Chauffeur Dans La Noirceur
07/13 – Kutna Hora, Czech Republic @ Creepy Teepee Festival
07/14 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Valkhofpark
07/16 – Margate, UK @ Elsewhere
07/17 – London, UK @ The Lexington
07/18 – Manchester, UK @ YES – Basement
07/19 – Glasgow, UK @ The Glad Cafe
07/20 – Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club
07/21 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
07/26 – Skokie, IL @ Illinois Science and Technology Park %

# solo w/ Julia Jacklin
+ solo w/ Pedro The Lion
% w/ Courtney Barnett, Bob Mould

The performance includes the following artists:
Drums: Kai Wilde (Teethe)
Bass: Michael Cantella (Squirrel Flower, NNAMDÏ)
Guitar: Travis Harrington (Truth Club)
Guitar: Dimitri Giannopolous (Horse Jumper of Love)
Guitar: Greg Freeman
Guitar: Alex Peterson (alexalone)
Vocals & Guitar: Ella Williams

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