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AWARDS

• International Acoustic Music Awards  Winner Overall Grand Prize
   and Best Group/Duo for their song "Do You Run"
• Winner Best Country/Folk Group or Duo 2007 Orange Country Music Awards
• New Music Awards  Winner Best AAA New Group 2008
• John Lennon Songwriting Competition  Winner Folk Category



QUOTES

Britt Savage 95.5 The Wolf (WSM-FM) Nashville
On After All This Time, Fertitta & McClintock blend their beautiful voices over songs that sound like buried musical treasures. There's a warm familiarity to their sound that I love, proving that 25 years later was perfect timing.



REVIEWS

MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE
Chuck Dauphin reviews the album, "Then some days, it just might be a little bit of treasure.  This album falls into the latter, for sure." (Read More)

Overplay UK says. " There's something effortless about the way David Fertitta and Steven McClintock manage to distil all the sunshine of their Long Beach base into dazzling UV-soaked harmonies and open-skied melodies." (Read More)

Cashbox
LOVE SONGS Reviewed 10-30-07
Fertitta & McClintock 
After All This Time
Fertitta & McClintock is the strongest pair of male vocalists to come down the musical road since "The Everly Brothers" and "Simon and Garfunkle". I am not kidding and the proof is in the hearing. Pick a song any song from this CD give it a listen and you will come away thinking "WOW". That's my point, you are at a loss for words and you will be forced to listen to another song just so you believe your ears. Pure musical heartbreak and healing, movie soundtracks for some of the greatest love stories yet to be filmed. These songs could inspire a perfect romance that would last a lifetime. It doesn't get any better than this.

I have my favorites but it would simple be a list of the entire CD. "Second Avenue", so strong in it's pure simplicity. In "Love is Blind", I can hear the Everly Brothers once again but even better this time. For love songs you will not find another CD in this decade that comes close.

David Fertitta and Steven McClintock's have very similar voices, yet different enough to provide subtle shading of colors from one song verse to the next. I don't know and can't tell who is singing each part of the various songs as I listen through each track on this 14 song CD but it is reminiscent of the first time I heard the Beatles thinking "Who are these guys?" Somehow I know this will not be the last time I listen to a Fertitta & McClintock's brand new CD. I hope I don't have to wait long for the next one.
MSP  5 STARS (Web Link)



The Beaumont Enterprise
Southeast Texas duo returns home for folksy reunion at Logon C@fe
By ROBERT LOPEZ, The Enterprise
11/10/2006

In 1980, Southeast Texans David Fertitta and Steven McClintock were on the verge of making it big. The singing, songwriting duo from Beaumont counted Clive Davis, legendary founder of Arista Records as a fan and signed a five year deal with the label. Working with some of the hottest producers in Hollywood, they were preparing to cut a folk rock record. But then came a cruel lesson in the fickleness of the music industry. "One of the things that happened at that the time was the music kind of changed," Fertitta said in a telephone interview. "New Wave was just coming into play and Blondie had just come out with 'Heart of Glass.' One of the things that Clive wanted us to do was write up-tempo stuff. We were kind of struggling to do that."

Their songs sat on the shelf, and the two soon parted ways professionally. The two reconnected about three years ago and will a have hometown reunion Nov. 18 to promote their new independent album, "After All This Time."

For most of the past 25 years, Fertitta stayed busy writing, most famously a number titled "I Can't Think of Anything But You," which appeared on a duet album by Sammy Kershaw and Lorrie Morgan. McClintock made a career penning commercial jingles and writing for artists like crooner Pat Boone and 1980s teeny-bopper Tiffany. The two liken their own sound to that of Simon and Garfunkel, and Seals and Crofts.

The 51-year-old Fertitta grew up across the street from the rockers Edgar and Johnny Winter and as a student at Forest Park High School was in several bands. He knew the 53-year-old McClintock from a trio he was part of and after graduating the two played a regular gig at a Galleria hotel in Houston.

The duo stayed in touch over the years, but it wasn't until a friend's wedding that they seriously considered partnering up to give a recording career another shot. "The beauty of this record is half of it is the material we wrote then (during their time with Arista), and half of it is new material," said McClintock in a telephone interview. "It's a perfect blend of the old and the new and the past and the present. Our sound tends to hit an emotional nerve. It's ballad heavy - a lot about relationships."
©The Beaumont Enterprise 2006



Orange County Times
by Jim Larkin
Almost 30 years in the making! They are back!

In the late-1970s, a new two-man acoustical sensation appeared on the folk rock radar in Southern California. With a unique sound that seemed to mesmerize audiences everywhere they played, the duo of Fertitta and McClintock seemed destined to make it to the top of the music scene. Lionel Conway of Island Music recognized their talents in 1977 and quickly signed them to a publishing deal. Not long after they found themselves on the well-known Arista Records label recording for Clive Davis. It was a dream-come-true for the diehard vocal duo. But the dream was abruptly interrupted when a new invasion of musical genre caught the eyes of record company moguls. Disco, new wave, and punk stole the limelight, and with it, Fertitta and McClintock's vision of releasing their first record.

The duo separated, but they both went on to succeed with behind-the-scenes musical careers, writing songs for the TV and film industry. Hollywood hadn't completely distracted them from their true passion though, and by the late 1990s, they both had written songs for such artists as Juice Newton, Andy Williams, Pat Boone, Tiffany, Lorrie Morgan, Sixwire, ATC, David Pomeranz, Victoria Shaw, Diamond Rio, Paul Jefferson, Rose Maddox and more.

As fate would have it, an old friend in Orange Country got married and asked the duo to sing together for the wedding. Once the music started, the past was forgotten and a new journey began. A few months later a chance meeting in Nashville between the two musicians and their former producer Fred Mollin (currently VP of Disney Records) who had produced such well-known acts as Dan Hill, America, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Webb, and Eddie Money turned into an offer to finish the Fertitta and McClintock album that had been silent so many years before.We caught up with Orange County's David Fertitta and Long Beach resident Steven McClintock at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna where they were performing to ask them a few questions.

You had your record mothballed for quite a long time, and then you were able to have it produced. How did this make you feel and how did it affect both you and David as a group? Steven: Well, it filled me full of pride. We knew we could make a great record but never got the chance. So in the middle of the recording in Nashville, it hit me just how COOL this was! That the SAME producer was co producing with us, that we were able to use half of the material we originally wrote for the project, and that David and I had gotten back together to make this happen. A dream come true for both of us. David: Yea? It gave Steven and I the chance to prove that whatever magic we had 30 years ago was still there and that in some ways we were even better, we had aged like a fine wine.


What, or to whom do you credit your initial interest in music and to the longevity of your career? Steven: I credit my interest in music to my father and mother?.and the church. They and it gave me opportunity to sing and learn my craft. The longevity of my career is because I don't quit! I never stop learning and trying to create. And because we still have people that will come and see us play and buy our records?.so call it luck or fate?.but I am just thankful to be able to still move it all forward and stay relevant. David: I didn't really come from a musical family like Steven. But for some reason I was always drawn to music and let's face it I grew up in the early 60's and 70's I remember seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, for godsakes, it doesn't get more exciting than that. That was a phenomenal time for music. The seed was planted then and has never stopped growing.


What exactly would you consider your genre of music? Steven:
Acoustic/pop/folk?it has pieces from those genres?but not doesn't fit into ONE BOX. David: Ditto!

There is a nickname you two go by, I saw it on one of your website? Heckle and Jeckle? Steven: Ha?yea? the cartoon birds from the 50's?our producer named us that and it stuck. If David says up?I say down. If I like it?he doesn't. David: (Laughing) It really isn't that bad?but we do pick at each other a bit?that is what a lifetime knowing someone will do. So?Heckle deserves whatever I give him..

What do you see for the future of Fertitta and McClintock? Steven: Continue to support this record touring, release our first single to radio next month, and see if we can make another record. David: I am hoping that Fertitta and Mcclintock will be the oldest duo to win the Best New Artists category at the grammy's next year. If that doesn't happen then I will stick with the plan of playing as much as possible to promote our CD and look forward to making the next record.

Can you tell me abit about your history? Steven: David and I grew up in Beaumont Texas, a pretty strong training ground for music, we have known each other since 9th grade. So when we moved out to Los Angeles in 1977, we had already played together in several different groups and incarnations. Getting the publishing deal with Island Music in 1977 was very cool, getting the record deal with Clive Davis from Arista in 1978 was even cooler. Going to the Grammy dinner that same year and sitting with Clive Davis, Al Stewart, Alan Parsons, Melissa Manchester, Eric Carmen, and Dionne Warwick?.was just about heaven. Not completing the record?was the other end of that spectrum. We did both go on however to do some very happening things in the music business that I am very proud of. David: That pretty much says it all. I just want to add that Steven and I are very excited to be doing what we are doing. It's a wonderful feeling to know that it's never too late to pick up where you left off in life for whatever reason and start living the dream that you once had.

The successful release of the new record was proof that the bands long-burning flame had never gone out as they went on to record 14 songs with many of today's most notable musicians including guest artist like The Nelsons and George Merrill and Shannon Rubicom from Boy Meets Girl. They played their first three shows to a sold out crowd in Los Angeles, Texas and Tennessee. Fertitta and McClintock not only won the International Acoustic Music Awards Best Duo Category but ended up taking the Grand Prize home as well.

Thus the rock-n-roll resurrection of a band the never should have fallen off the musical map is complete. As their website says?"Their original music rivals anything in the market place today or yesterday." And they are out to prove it.



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