New single “Crazy For The Feeling” out now

New album, “Arise, Great Warrior,” coming Feb. 8 on LP/CD/MP3

Natalie Felker looks the listener straight in the eye, via her piano and supple voice, and talks you into accepting the dagger — because you know full well that it’s two-sided, and that she’ll accept the other blade. As husband Ben’s guitars start up a sharp squall, you hear why it’s worth the cost: One listen to the bright voices coming in all around to surround you in a reassuring embrace and you’re ready to pick up the dare, the challenge.

The Fervor formed around this pair — her voice and keys, his guitar and harmony. Right from the start, Natalie was capable of facing up to piano-based alternative divas, but with the skill and resolve to wrest the inspiration from the affectation. She could be the flirt who always said upfront something more honest than your carefully crafted thoughts. Or she could drop her voice low and quiet, be your confidant and your gospel-chord-pounding witness to raw self-confrontation.

In sharpening its focus, the group added drummer Mat Herron and set out on a slew of live shows in 2007 to support of its first album, “Bleeder.” Michael Campbell was found to play bass, and they again criss-crossed the eastern United States. As they developed their live show, the group began to realize their power as a collective. Meanwhile Natalie continued to craft strong new songs for a band moving toward bringing light to mysteries of personality and intimacy, but without any pretense of a definitive answer and far removed from any calming platitudes.

In December, the group flew to San Francisco, where the ensuing sessions confirmed their rebirth. Under producer Charles Gonzalez, the band holed up at Mission Bells (Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) and Radical Sound (Rogue Wave). Between these two facilities, The Fervor found classic gear and physical ambiance to realize the album they had been hearing, one focused on performance, and not perfection. The West coast style had infiltrated the camp and greeted them like a long lost friend.

They returned home to Louisville, where friend and engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, California Guitar Trio, Wax Fang) mixed and maintained the focus: on the power of what The Fervor can do together in a room. From these sessions has emerged “Arise, Great Warrior,” (out Feb. 8, 2011 via Removador/Karate Body). It’s a record that is gut-punching in impact, but life-affirming in its lasting spark and hopeful mysteries.

“Crazy For The Feeling,” the first single, is now available at digital retailers worldwide and at Removador Recordings & Solutions. The song, and an additional track “Let’s Get Loaded,” appear on Removador’s new digital sampler.

“Crazy For The Feeling” digital single available now at Removador Recordings & Solutions and all digital retailers. Stream it at Karate Body’s Soundcloud.

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Ear X-tacy In-store Aug. 19

This just in! The Fervor will play at the shiny, new Ear X-tacy location on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Our beloved independent record store has re-opened its doors at 2226 Bardstown Road, an addy I know all to well from my days at Kinko’s. While I may have flashbacks of coming off a ten-hour day only to discover the third shift person is a no-show and I’ll have to work through the night, we’ll get through them together with some songs and record shopping. The show is free, but purchasing music is not, so bring the bills you stuffed under your mattress and treat yourself to aural pleasure today!


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The Fervor to perform at Forecastle 2010

We are pleased to announce we will appear at this year’s Forecastle Festival. The Fervor plays Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m. Go here for details. You can catch Natalie Felker performing with The Ravenna Colt on the same stage at 8 p.m.

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April Shows in PA & NY

We’re hitting the road for a 4-day stint with our ol’ pals Wussy this April. Here-is-a-what’s-a-happening:

Wednesday, April 14 – The Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh, PA

Wussy, The Fervor, The Red Western, Joel Walter
$5 • 9pm

Thursday, April 15 – The Fire, Philadelphia, PA

The Fervor/ Wussy / Making Tents / Meddlesome, Meddlesome, Meddlesome Bells /Boutros
$7 • 9p

Friday, April 16 – Cake Shop, Manhattan, NY

The Fervor / Wussy / Mystery of Two / Little Big
$8 • 8pm

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Hello Cleveland … and Columbus!

Two shows with Wussy next weekend:

Friday, Feb. 26 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Cleveland, OH w/ Wussy

Saturday Feb. 27 – Treehouse, Columbus, OH w/ Wussy

Please tell all your buckeye friends to come get their faces rocked!!

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happy v.d.!

Purchase a copy of the final Louisville Is For Lovers Vol. 10: Goodbye, including our track “Yellowood” here.

““GOODBYE” our 10th installment of the LOUISVILLE IS FOR LOVERS Valentine’s compilation rings in among the best. with all original tracks from louisville favorites like MY MORNING JACKET, THE FERVOR, SAREDREN WELLS, TROPHY WIVES, and many more, vol.X will be the perfect Valentine’s gift for your someone special. due Feb.2nd 2010 in a limited edition of 500. and we are not stopping there, no sir! every copy of vol.X comes with a code to download a second set of original songs by Louisville artists free! that’s 30 new songs on LOUISVILLE IS FOR LOVERS 10 FOR a mere $10!”

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Tonight’s show is CANCELLED.

Sorry, Whitesburg! We hope to reschedule with you soon.

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“Same State” now available for digital download!

Our contribution to the 2009 Louisville Is For Lovers compilation is now available for digital download here.

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February & March Shows Announced

The Fervor will brave winter temps to bring you rock in Lexington & Whitesburg, KY, Cleveland and Columbus, OH and Chicago, IL over the next couple months. See our TOUR page for dates and locations.

We finished tracking our record and we’re polishing up the mixes. We hope to have this album in your hands by early spring. Until then, you can satiate your need for new tunes by purchasing a copy of the Green Belt, featuring our song “No Apology” and Wussy’s “Fly, Fly, Fly.” Copies are available at our live shows or you can order online at This is a limited edition release, so get one before they’re gone!

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Ring in the New Year with us!

The Fervor opens for Louisville’s Arnett Hollow at Headliners on New Year’s Eve. Arnett Hollow is a wonderful group of some of our city’s most talented players. From their bio: “Steeped in bluegrass, old time, and other world music, the band has always pushed the boundaries of their influences to unique places.”

Afterwards, Kim Sorise will spin records for you to properly shake off 2009. Put on your dancin’ shoes & gather your pals. It’s gonna be a fun night!

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