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Last night, Fat Elvis Recording artist Fantastic Negrito won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. I couldn’t be more excited for him and his team at Blackball Universe. With no major label support they relied on hard work and perseverance to make it happen.

Although Fat Elvis Records had nothing to do with The Last Days of Oakland,  it was an absolute thrill to have been evolved with the two(!) vinyl releases leading up to the Grammy Winning album..

Congratulations to Xavier, Field, Malcolm, Phil, Matt,  and the rest of Blackball Universe on your outstanding accomplishment!

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Fantastic Negrito Working Poor 7" FER-008 ON SALE SOON!
Fantastic Negrito
Working Poor 7″
REVERENDS Witch City 7" FER-005 On Sale Now
Witch City 7″
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Reed Turchi
When You’re Lost, It’s All A Sign

REVERENDS Derealization Blues LP FER-007 On Sale Soon!
Derealization Blues LP
Fantastic Negrito - Lost In A Crowd
Fantastic Negrito
Lost In A Crowd 7″
Blackfoot Gypsies - The New Sounds of TransWestern 7"
Blackfoot Gypsies
The New Sounds of TransWestern

AMERICAN GOON Blood Eagle 7" FER-007 On Sale Soon!
Blood Eagle 7″
Morgan O'Kane - Ezekiel Healy - FER-003
Morgan O’Kane / Ezekiel Healy
Split 7″

FER-006 American Goon – Blood Eagle 7″ COMING SOON!


Fat Elvis Records is proud to announce American Goon‘s vinyl debut, Blood Eagle. The two song 7″ vinyl record is currently at the pressing plant, and is expected to be released in early July.

Nashville’s American Goon can best be described as Boogie-HeavyBlues-RockNRoll-CountryFried GlamPunk-JazzMetal-Woogie whose sole existence is to Rock N Roll!

A video and track listing is coming soon!.

If you haven’t done so already, follow him on his social media sites. He promises some giveways soon!

American Goon

FER-004 Fantastic Negrito

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Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito’s story is a rollercoaster of soaring highs and belly scraping lows from walking away from a multi-million dollar recording contract with one of the biggest labels in the music business, to being in a four week long coma after to a near-death car accident, and the excitement of unexpected self-discovery upon becoming a family man. His artistic death and rebirth are both remarkably reflected upon in his EP “Lost In A Crowd”. The songs presented here boast the foot stomping beat of the seediest blues clubs, piano riffs of your favorite soul records, along with a vocal delivery of an artist who has seen the best and worst of the music industry. Piano, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals are presented with a seasoned honesty that’s missing from a lot of today’s mainstream acts, the kind of honesty that is only found in the soul of an artist who has weathered the storm and lived to tell about it. Fantastic Negrito understands the link between artistry and entertainment and how it can’t be shaped and formed by mainstream trends, but from the heart and soul of the artist. That perspective makes “Lost In A Crowd” a road map of blues, rock, and soul, driven by the authenticity of passion and warfare.

A: Lost In A Crowd
B: An Honest Man

3 unique limited edition versions:

Creamsicle Orange Vinyl175 copiesSOLD OUT!
Cherry Red Vinyl175 copies SOLD OUT!
Blown Glass Variant w/ Hand Screened Metallic Cover100 copies  SOLD OUT!

Fat Elvis Records Proudly Supports…..Classic Waxxx Records!


A few months ago, I was browsing through a few Facebook groups, and I stumbled upon a Lightnin’ Hopkins 7″ that I just had to have! I did a little digging and found it had been recently released on a label called Classic Waxx Records. I immediately ordered it, and when it arrived, I was astounded by outstanding quality of the release. Nice sounding vinyl from a blues legend, and a screen printed sleeve worthy of framing! I had  become and instant fan!

I did a little more digging, and found that the label owner also runs his own printing studio, Napkin Arts Studio. The prints they turn out are equally amazing as the music!

I know you will become a fan of them as well!

1.When did you start your label and why did you do it?

I started Classic Waxxx Records last Summer, in June 2014 to be exact. Classic Waxxx originally started out in 2010 as a blog dedicated to vintage vinyl records, peppered with reviews of classic albums, LP covers, label art and music ripped from the personal collection.

It had always been a dream of mine to do album cover art for bands and record labels, and maybe, one day, release some music on vinyl. I’m not musically inclined, but I figured there was probably something I could put on wax and send out into the world. Really, having the record label is an outlet for me to be the creative director and make all the album cover art, packaging design, etc., and do it from a fan and collector perspective, rather than a commercial one. Plus, being the music junkie that I am, I wanted to share some of my tastes with some new and seasoned record collectors out there.

Lightnin’ Hopkins Heritage Series

2. What format(s) do you release music on?
Our focus is primarily vinyl, but in the short time we’ve been around, we’ve had to learn to quickly adapt to the changing music landscape, especially with the demand constraints vinyl produces on labels and collectors. The average turnaound time for having vinyl pressed is 4-5 months. We really have to plan our releases accordingly, and work with several pressing plants at once to do all we need to do. So, we are also dabbling in digital formats, like downloads and CDs. We like the convenience digital gives music fans, but at the end of the day, we are in this because of vinyl. As long as there are plants pressing vinyl, you’ll be able to find the majority of our releases on vinyl.

Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 Limited Edition 7″

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?
We’re pretty proud of everything we’ve released, so far. I would have to say the biggest thrill has to be the Lightnin’ Hopkins single that started our “Heritage Series” reissue campaign, as well as our forth-coming Johnny Cash “Live at Big ‘D’ Jamboree” EP. But, I have to thank John Paul Smith and The Coal Creek Boys from Alberta, Canada, for giving us the music for our very first vinyl release. He and the band have been beyond generous in helping us get established. Their fan base is so amazing, and I’m still pinching myself on a daily basis that this label exists. If it weren’t for them and the many fans we’ve gathered via social media, especially Instagram, we wouldn’t be here.

Lightnin’ Hopkins was the first blues musician I discovered on my own, and I quickly became a fan. I really wanted his music to be the start of our reissue campaign, and by shear luck and good timing, I was able to make that happen for the label. Johnny Cash also has had a big impact on my life, and when the opportunity came to release these nearly lost recordings from Cash’s Big ‘D’ Jamboree performance, I couldn’t pass it up. It’ll be the first time these recordings will be given a stand-alone vinyl release here in the US.

Johnny Cash live at Big D’ Jamboree

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release (i.e. genres, regions, etc) or are you open to anything? If so, what is your preference?
I’m pretty open to most genres of music, but I do have a soft spot for blues, jazz, classic country and rock n’ roll. We’re committed to honoring and preserving our Texas music history, so music and artists that have a deep connection to Texas, we want to make that music available to the public, even if it is in small quantities.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?
We receive the occasional music submission through our website, and I’ll often keep my ears and eyes open to music that piques my interest. There is some great new music being made, though my heart belongs to the classics, so a lot of my focus is in material we can reissue. We’ve got some relationships fostering with emerging acts, right now, so we are excited to see what develops over the next few months and years to come.

Coal Creek Boys – Out West

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?We always on the prowl for great material that would be killer additions to our “Heritage Series” campaign. The Coal Creek Boys latest album, “Out West,” will be released on vinyl really soon, which we are really excited about. After some delays from the pressing plant, we finally received the test pressings and they sound great. Really can’t wait for the fans to hear the album the way it is meant to be heard. The band is also working on a follow-up album that is more blues-centric, and I’m excited to hear the final masters. Naturally, we always have several irons in the fire, so to speak, but I’ll refrain from sharing too much in fear of us jinxing ourselves.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?
I’m amazed we’ve even come this far in less than a year’s time, releasing some top notch talent that I wouldn’t have thought we would be able to, otherwise. I’d love to see the label expand enough to bring in a few dedicated record lovers help us, as well as get to a point where we can afford help in the distribution area. It is a lot of work to self-distribute our records. Its time we’d like to spend on doing more project research and getting new projects started. But, regardless of what happens, I know Classic Waxxx will be around. I have too much love and passion for vinyl to just treat this like an ordinary hobby.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label?
I’m on Instagram quite a bit, promoting our new releases and showing off stuff from the personal collection. You can find us there @cw_records, as well as our Facebook page and website. We are also on Twitter and Tumblr, you you wade in those parts of the social media waters, too.

Classic Waxxx Promo Posters

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?
Hands down, I’m a big fan of what Third Man Records and Daptone is doing, (although Third Man probably isn’t so small anymore.) There might be a few who disagree with me on this, but I feel as though Jack White single-handedly made vinyl popular and mainstream with younger generations, for which I thank him from the bottom of my heart. We all know vinyl never completely went away, but I think he was one of the loudest proponents for the format coming back into the forefront. I like novelty and kitsch, and Third Man does it better than anyone, right now.

I was fortunate enough to meet quite a bit of the Daptone crew via the Dap-Kings, when Sharon Jones last came through Dallas. They were so down to earth, friendly and approachable. Gabe Roth, one of the main cats at Daptone, who is an incredible songwriter, producer, musician, etc., is a big inspiration. Daptone has been doing things their way for a long time now, and releasing some killer classics on vinyl. I felt like I could do the same with Classic Waxxx with our own vision.

I also love what Hidden Volume Records is doing. Their packaging design, as well as Estrus Records‘ releases from the 1990s, is design gold. Their artistic direction definitely fuels our creative fire. Of course, I’m a pushover for anything from the Sun Records catalog…

10. Anything else you would like to add?
I’m still so humbly in awe of what we’ve been able to accomplish in a short period of time, and that people are taking notice. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Classic Waxxx, and all the records that get embedded into people’s collections


FER repsonds to the FER Questionnaire!

In the late part of 2013, I sent some questions to many of my favorite small records labels. I have been asked by a few people to fill out on myself. Here are my answers

1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?

I started Fat Elvis Records in July 2012. That’s when it became official. The idea first crossed my mind back in the 1990s. I had plans of releasing cassette tapes of Knoxville bands. I had picked up Dave Grohl’s Pocket Watch Cassette from Simple Machines and a handful of releases from Shrimper records who did really homegrown tapes. The idea sat in the back of mind all those years.

Jump forward to February 2012. I seen the Blackfoot Gypsies perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special, and thought “If I ever decide to do a label, this the band I would love to work with!” I contacted them a few months later, and was surprised they said they would do it! I had two ideas in my head for a label name, Knuckleball or Fat Elvis (I got the name from Shovels and Rope. It was/is the name of their touring vehicle). Matthew Paige of the Blackfoot Gypsies convinced me to go with Fat Elvis by saying “Please, for the love of god, go with Fat Elvis.”

2. What format do you release music on?

So far only 7″ vinyl ,but that could be changing very soon. Although I have recently learned that many of my customers can’t stand lathe cut records, The thought of them still intrigues me. I think if done right they could be really cool. I also have ideas that involve a couple of other formats in the near future.

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?

After two releases, I am happy to say that I am equally excited about both records.
I’m very thankful that the Blackfoot Gypsies took a chance on me and it was a huge hit. The band has the last remaining copies I couldn’t have done it without Tom Needham at Broke Or Made Better though. My idea for the variant covers really sucked, but Tom came in on short notice and created a masterpiece!

I’m also extremely thankful that Reed Turchi took a chance on me. When I asked him, I wasn’t sure if he would turn me down or not. He has his own label, Devil Down Records, so why would he want to work with me? We had a few hiccups getting it pressed, but it sounds and looks amazing!

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release or are you open to anything?

So far I have been sticking to touring bands with a bit of a following and bands from the south. That could also be changing soon. I’m pretty much open to anything, but I have to believe in what I am releasing.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing?

I have a wish list of sorts of bands I would love to work with. I’m going through that list to see who will work with me. I have to go through them one at a time because I simply don’t have enough cash to release as many records as I would like to.

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?

I can’t give away any specifics just yet, but I have 3 or 4 projects in the works that should keep me busy for the rest of the year.

I would also love to have a Fat  Elvis Records showcase or mini-tour sometime soon! I thought I had one almost worked out a few weeks ago, but things didn’t quite work out.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years?

As much as I don’t want to, I will probably have to do a name change in the next five years or so. I’m taking suggestions! When I started the label, everyone was under the impression it was a joke or not real. I think I am proving myself with each release. I may create a secondary label sometime in the future.

8. What are some of your favorite small record labels?

There are lots! I have found most of these small labels are more than willing to help you with questions you might have. Velocity of Sound and Limited Fanfare have been a huge help! Not sure I could ever repay them. Devil Down Records has given me more than I could ever give back to them as well. Jett Plastic Recordings is always there to give me ideas. Shed House Records is there to help me spread the word!

There’s a lot of small record labels out there putting out lots of great music!

9. Anything else you would like to add?

Yes! I couldn’t do any of his with out the help I have received from my brother Aaron at Fistful of Tigers, my girlfriend Monica, and each of you that have purchased something from me and shared a Facebook or Twitter message to help me get the word out. I love doing this, and I don’t anticipate quitting anytime soon. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!



FER-002 Reed Turchi

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Reed Turchi – When You’re Lost, It’s All A Sign 7″

Between serving as the front man for TURCHI and attempting to wear a wide range of hats, Reed’s solo work blends singer-songwriter narrative like that of Randy Newman with distorted slide and riffs like that of JJ Cale, always in search of new sounds. His debut solo release “When You’re Lost It’s All A Sign,” a 7″ out on Fat Elvis Records (Knoxville, TN) in early 2014, was entirely self written, recorded, and produced in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.


A: When You’re Lost It’s All Sign
B: Lover’s From Other Lives

Kudzu Green – 175 copies SOLD OUT!
Rhododendron Violet – 175 copies SOLD OUT!
Clear Tie Dye Variant – 100 copies SOLD OUT!

Green and Violet Records can be found at Devil Down Records.

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Morgan O'Kane / Ezekiel Healy Split 7" FER-003
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Morgan O'Kane / Ezekiel Healy Clear 7" FER-003

Morgan O'Kane / Ezekiel Healy Black 7" FER-003
Morgan O’Kane / Ezekiel Healy Split 7? Variant Vinyl FER-003

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Reed Turchi - When You're Lost It's All A Sign

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Blackfoot Gypsies - The New Sounds of TransWestern 7"
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Fat Elvis Records Supports….Soul Step Records

I first discovered Soul Step Records through North Carolina band Holy Ghost Tent Revival. After that, I found their Matt Duncan Fortune Teller Vinyl release which still amazes me. You have to see it to believe it!

Fat  Elvis Records Proudly Supports….Soul Step Records!

1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?

I started the label in 2012 when I had found most of my “white whale” vinyl. I started to dig and dig and find less and less. I decided that it was time to move beyond buying vinyl and start making vinyl. I then came up with a crazy business plan where I could support these artists who need our service.

2. What format(s) do you release music on?

Vinyl. Only Vinyl.

Matt Duncan
Soft TImes
Soul Step Records

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?

Well, I’m like a father and I could never pick between any of these releases because they all hold a special place in my heart. However our most successful release was the Matt Duncan record. Having the famous artist Robert Beatty do the artwork, having the Fortune Teller Vinyl and add in great sales – it’s by far the most successful we’ve had.

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release (i.e. genres, regions, etc) or are you open to anything? If so, what is your preference(s)?

I’m open to anything but I’ll admit I’m weak for a soul record.

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?

It’s a bit of everything. Sometimes they find me, sometimes I find them. I’m hoping one day I’ll never have to hunt because we’re so well-known. But until then I’ll be digging.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival
So Long I Screamed
Soul Step Records

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?

Right now we have Nashville-based MODOC coming out in December. The rest is still in the baby stages.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?

I would want the label to become self-sufficient. We still fight for every sale and for every person’s awareness of us. I’m not focused on the big picture – rather just focusing on one release to the next.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc)?

Soul Step Records

We have all of these!

We can be found everywhere it seems!

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?

I’m not sure if all of these are small, but I would say Microfische, Hop Hop, Numero Group, Secret Stash, Cultures of Soul, Third Man, Truth & Soul, Daptone, Dunham.

10. Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for taking the time for us. We’re happy to be part of the Vinyl game and we hope through our biz we can support independent artists and push the vinyl medium forward!

Fat Elvis Supports….Philthy Phonographic Records

I have been quite overwhelmed with the responses with these questionnaires. I didn’t expect to get so many back! The response from the labels has been great, and the feedback I am getting from the fans is equally as great, so let’s keep it rolling….

This time it’s Philthy Phil’s Philthy Phonographic Records (What a fantastic name, say that 3 times really fast). Phil has a few great releases in a short time, and shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.

1. When did you start your label and why did you do it?

I started Philthy Phonographic Records in the summer of 2013 on a whim, but had been thinking about it for about a year prior. I have liked records ever since I was a child. My brother and I got a record player for Christmas and in our playroom used to spin records regularly. We used it so much that we eventually had to get another record player for Christmas. I even have a birthday song that is on a flexi-disc of all things that my father has played for me every birthday and still does to this day. Records have always been a big part of my life, so I wanted to contribute to making them a part of other people’s lives.

2. What format(s) do you release music on?

So far I have released 3 flexi-discs and I have done a lathe cut record that wasn’t released to the public. My next thing up is PHIL004 which will be a true vinyl release with all the bells and whistles. I’d love to do a 78 rpm record, an LP, a cassette, reel-to-reel, maybe a cylinder… I want to try releasing anything and everything. Things that are playable and things that may just be collectible.

Conspiracy of Owls Flexi

3. What has been your most successful release to date, or which release are you most proud of?

I am very proud of the cover for the Conspiracy of Owls release. It is a picture I took of my son listening to records at Burger Records. The cover looks timeless and has a great filter on it to also make the viewer think that as well. Burger’s vintage headphones only add to the illusion (what is funny is that I have a photo of my daughter as a bumblebee on Halloween a few years back at Burger that is almost identical… I’m trying to figure out how to use it too).

I also love the test pressing cover that my son did for the Apple Brains release. He is 6 years old. The covers are very DIY and at the same time it was just fun. His ideas mixed with mine was just great. I can’t believe how well the Velvet Underground tribute cover came out. And the Apple Computers one is just cool. My favorite part of the handmade covers was how interested everyone was in them… and everyone had their own favorite. That is what made it successful.

My favorite song to this point is the newest release, which is the Gap Dream Flexi. The song is hypnotizing. I mean it is only the instrumental version of a B-side from the Burger 7 inch, but without the lyrics something happens, you know? It becomes a completely different song. You hear things you don’t on the regular release. I love it and have to thank Gabe for being interested in getting this song out there.

4. Do you have specific tastes in the music you choose to release (i.e. genres, regions, etc) or are you open to anything? If so, what is your preference(s)?

So far I have released stuff I like, but I am open to almost anything. I have a couple of artists that I am trying to release music with but would really like to put anything and everything out that is good. Good music needs to get out there. I love all kinds of music… from Bach to Thee Oh Sees and back again. But I also just love fun (just check out Apple Brains)! Music needs to be fun and exciting.

Apple Brains Flexi

5. How do you go about finding new artists you are interested in releasing? Demos, Facebook, Soundcloud, friends?

My first way of going after artists was via email. I would email them asking if they had any unreleased tracks they would be interested in putting out. I emailed until someone emailed back. I still do this. I have had a few bands send me songs via email as well, but I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and listen to them yet.

6. Anything in the works right now that you would like to share?

PHIL004 is going to be epic. With the quality of releases coming out from our small circle of independent labels I felt I needed to kick it up. The cover is beautiful and I have the HD version ready to go to print. It is by a Mexican artist named Ernesto Muniz who is very popular and continuing to gain notoriety. He sent me another image I will be using as an insert. The release will be another split with Burger Records (my buddies) and should help narrow down the artist for those interested in guessing. It’ll be an edition of 500 seven inch records (300 black and some surprises I dare not speak of yet).

I also might be doing some work with other labels (not telling yet… sorry) and there are a couple of bands who have recently contacted me about doing a flexi-disc.

7. Where do you see your record label going in the next five years? Ten years?

At the moment I seem to be known as the guy that does flexis which is fine. They are fun. Might not be for the audiophile but flexis have a long history. They were originally used to pass around illegal, underground music. That is cool.

I just want to continue putting out records. I like records. But it is definitely a “gentlemen’s hobby.” I work, have a family, and am currently doing 10 other things at the same time as Philthy Phonographic Records.

8. Where is the best place to find out more about your record label (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc)?

http://philthyphonographic.blogspot.com/ is my blogspot where you can find updates and buy records.

Facebook is where I regularly post musical things happening in my world.

I have twitter as well but don’t use it even close to as much.

Gap Dream Flexi

9. What are some of your other favorite small record labels?

Love Burger Records, Grimtale has pushed record collecting to a new level, Jett Plastic Recordings… I mean it’s run by 15 year old Jarrett… how cool is that!, Fat Elvis might have the coolest name and inspired me to do some very hands-on covers, Shed House inspired me to do some funky vinyl (wait for PHIL004) and I wished I could have bought those BADASS Natural Child insanity vinyl records, Infinity Cat Records, love Larry Hardy and In the Red (though it’s hard to call him small nowadays), Castle Face Records, Goodbye Boozy, love Trouble in Mind, Suicide Squeeze, HOZAC, Goner Records are the best, Hardly Art, Art Fag… I’m sure I’m forgetting a label I love because there are so many…sorry.


10. Anything else you would like to add?

Release something new Fat Elvis so I can buy it.
ed. – Soon! I promise!

Oh… I really want more LIKES on Facebook so tell all your friends.

Readers… send all your rare records my way. I will promise to give them a good home.

Ummm… what else. I took the photos for my first 3 covers and am thinking about moonlighting as a rock and roll photographer.

What else… I have my very own button maker… anyone want to make buttons? Contact me.

Did I say “I like records!”