New Releases

Fervor Records and Gentlemen Afterdark Open the Door

Gentleman Afterdark_OpenTheDoor x300Coming up during the New Wave scene in Phoenix, Gentlemen Afterdark gained notoriety for their sharp songwriting, witty lyrics, and raucous live shows throughout the 80s. Fervor Records is proud to present “Open The Door,” a reissue of some hidden gems of the era. These songs occupy a special place in the Fervor catalogue, having been produced by Alice Cooper at Phoenix’s very own Vintage Recorders studio. Made up of of Brian Smith, Winston Watson, Robin Johnson and Barry Smith – this fearless fivesome’s unique brand of Post Punk & Glam got them regular gigs at the legendary underground venues such as The Cellar. Gigging throughout the Southwest, the band garnered praise as one of People Magazine’s “Stars of The Future,” with Alice Cooper observing that “They reminded me of when I was young… I told them to have my daughter back by 7:30” (People Magazine, March 5th, 1984). Buckle up and prepare to be transported to one of the most exciting times in music via “Open The Door,” dropping February 3rd on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and beyond!

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Walt Richardson, Coming Alive

coming-alive-x300Walt Richardson is without a doubt a Tempe music legend and the City’s favorite son. The engaging singer/songwriter has been a prominent fixture on the scene for decades. Starting off as a simple street musician, Walt soon took the Southwest by storm with his 1980s Reggae outfit Walt Richardson and The Morningstar Band. In 2014 the City of Tempe declared Richardson’s 60th birthday as Walt Richardson Day. The charismatic performer’s many achievements were commemorated with an induction into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall Of Fame at the Tempe Center For The Arts. The City of Tempe once again honored Mr. Richardson as the first musician to be inducted to Tempe’s Music Walk. In November of 2014 Walt received a gold plaque embedded in the sidewalks of Mill Avenue. More of Tempe’s great talent has followed, but true to form, Walt led the way. Not only does Richardson continue to make incredible music, he hosts the TV show Songwriters’ Showcase at Tempe Center for the Arts. The show airs on PBS affiliate KAET and Tempe Channel 11. Walt also has a nationally-syndicated radio show via Radio Phoenix and the African American Radio Consortium. A Peaceful Place in Quantum Space airs Saturdays from 12 – 2 PM. Fervor Records is excited to celebrate Walt’s engaging music once again. Re-live the excitement of Walt Richardson’s legendary 80s Reggae heyday with the re-release of many of Richardson’s best loved songs on Coming Alive, now available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and beyond!
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Fervor Records Presents: 7 Burning Questions for Kailey Swanson

Fervor Records is proud to announce the 9.30 release of “Nashville Stickup” – songstress Kailey Swanson’s debut EP – out 9/30/16. We sat down with Kailey to help get to know her a bit, and shed some light on her career for fans both new & old. Get to know Kailey below, and check out the video for “Nashville Stickup” here and order your copy of her debut EP today!

1. Having working in theatre, television, and now music – how do you describe yourself? 

I would describe myself as someone who is passionate about performing and telling stories. There are so many different mediums through which to portray a story. Storytelling has been a passion of mine from a young age and one of my favorite things to do is to explore new ways to share my stories.

2. What is an artist? 

I believe an artist is someone who is fearlessly baring their genuine self to share their talent with others. An artist is real. An artist is driven only by the love of their craft.

3. You’re known to play some songs by Patsy Cline live, and have cited other artists as influences on your music, but who are some musicians that have played a role in your development that might come as a surprise to your fans? What current artists have caught your ear? 

I would say some artists that have influenced me that may be a surprise would be Elvis Presley or the Stray Cats. I love the rockabilly style and the whole country rock swing.

4. What was the first concert you attended, and who did you go with?

Well, the FIRST concert I actually attended was Hilary Duff in Las Vegas! I think I was 7 or 8 years old? I went with my mother and some friends. I do remember loving those lights!

5. “Nashville Stickup” is something of an introduction to your songwriting – what kind of statements were you hoping to make? 

There are many statements behind “Nashville Stickup”. I think some are rather apparent and maybe others are a little more subtle. Because my roots are old country, Nashville Stick Up is about country music going back to its roots. Perhaps the most important one is simply “I’M HERE.” I wanted to kick off what I have been working on for most of my life with a big statement that lets everyone know who I am in a memorable format. I aim to say and do what very few are doing and I believe Nashville Stickup accomplishes just that.

6. Since recording “Nashville Stickup,” what have you been up to? 

Writing!! I’ve co-written many more songs and recorded a few. I’m very excited about some of the new stuff as well. I also attended a songwriters retreat in Northern France. It was awesome to collaborate with songwriters from all over the world, a truly life changing experience!

7. If you could play your music anywhere in the world (not just venues or stages!) – where would it be? 

I think a better question would be where wouldn’t I play? I love to travel and explore new cities, so I hope one day I get a chance to see the world and share my music.

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Fervor Turns RED

red-release-blogAcross both decades and continents, Fervor Records is proud to have unearthed a time capsule of pure London power pop from 1998. RED was the brainchild of John Kwiecinski, Julian Emery, and Tim Goodyer. They laid down these tracks after gigging extensively throughout London & neighboring cities. With tight playing & top-notch production, these 90s gems make for an exciting addition to the Fervor catalogue! Keep your ears open for RED – and in the meantime check them out on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and beyond!

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Sanford Clark – Once Upon a Time

cover_sanfordclark-x300Sanford Clark burst onto the national scene in 1956, lighting up radio airwaves with his recording of Lee Hazlewood’s “The Fool.” The song peaked at #14 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, #7 on the Top 100 chart, and #5 on the Black Singles Charts. Sanford continued his recording career with releases on Dot, Jaime, Ramco, Ember, London, and LHI Records. He also kept busy touring with the likes of Roy Orbison and Ray Price. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sanford Clark’s chart topping success, Fervor Records offers up: Sanford Clark “Once Upon A Time,” a collection of songs from the mid 1960s. Experience this amazing compilation, available worldwide via AppleAmazon and/or Spotify on September 23rd, 2016.

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Kailey Swanson’s Nashville Stickup

kailey-nsu-x300Outlaw Country songstress Kailey Swanson has inked with Fervor Records and her debut EP drops on 09.30.16. The talented Ms. Swanson is definitely turning heads with her leadoff video single, “Nashville Stickup.” Kailey belts out, “It ain’t about the fame it ain’t about the flash, it’s about Country music and kickin’ ass!” And Kailey’s video is indeed kickin’ some serious ass. “Nashville Stickup” is already lighting up flat screens globally and has begun rolling out to over 1750 locations including: colleges/universities, restaurants, bars, casinos, nightclubs, bowling alleys, salons, fitness centers, retail stores and beyond. Stay tuned for more exciting news from Kailey Swanson and experience the “Nashville Stickup” video now on YouTube! Grab the full release on Apple or Amazon.
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