Multiple JUNO Award-winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings member Stephen Fearing returns with his first solo album in seven years: the highly anticipated, Between Hurricanes. The follow-up to 2006’s acclaimed Yellowjacket, the album was co-produced by Fearing and John Whynot (Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Lucinda Williams) at The Woodshed Studio in Toronto, ON. Born out of several life-changing events, Between Hurricanes is both the document and result of many significant changes for Fearing. “In 2006, I released Yellowjacket. Though I didn’t know it at the time, it marked the end of many things and the beginning of so many more,” says Fearing. “My marriage of 14 years ended shortly after the record came out. Hard on the heels of this devastation, True North Records – my home on record for over a decade – changed hands. I was still under contract to them, but it quickly became apparent that it was time for me to move on. Around the same time, my dear friend and manager Bernie Finkelstein started to make noises about cutting back on his workload. Bernie and I had been together through thick and thin for over 16 years, but I realized that it was time to let go of the old ties and step out into the brave new world of true independence.” In 2008, Fearing moved from his home in Guelph, ON and headed to Halifax, NS. He completed work on both Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ Polaris Prize nominated Kings and Queens (which featured duets with 14 iconic female singers including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Roseanne Cash) and his album with Belfast’s Andy White, Fearing & White. He got remarried, became a father, and still managed to tour relentlessly. Life moved quickly, and it wasn’t long before there had been a significant amount of time since the release of Yellowjacket. Luckily, new songs had begun to emerge and plans were finally made to return to studio. Between Hurricanes’ eleven tracks were shaped with the idea of crafting a solo record while not employing a traditional ‘folk’ approach to the music. Fearing and Whynot put their focus on the fundamentals of the songs while subtly adding space and a mood that surrounds them. The minimal arrangements range from the finely honed piano, bass, and drum accents on “As The Crow Flies” to the ethereal synths on “Cold Dawn.” The tale of a Cougar Helicopter crash in Newfoundland, “Cold Dawn” acts as a thesis statement for the record. Told in first-person narrative, the song’s mood wraps around the story, giving added weight to every repeat of the refrain, “Into the dark.” The hushed “Fool” follows suit. Against the chirping of crickets, the song floats in sober meditation. No instrument presents itself as the lead as passing moments fade in and out of each other. The weight of the track is cut quickly by the shuffling blues of “Keep Your Mouth Shut,” which arrives with the subtly of a mack truck driving through a wake. “You stuck around until the lawyer cut the body open / A pound of flesh and then they paint it black,” sings Fearing over blown-out bass and masterful guitar work. It’s an all-out rave-up and the energetic high point of the record. “ ‘Keep Your Mouth Shut’ came out of a conversation with Tom Wilson of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings,” says Fearing. “We were talking about getting together to write some songs for Between Hurricanes and he said I should listen to ‘Get Out Of Denver’ by Bob Seger. As it turned out, Tom was so busy organizing the Kings and Queens tour, that I knew he wouldn't be able to pull himself away from the phone. So, I just wrote it myself. The song is a tongue-in-cheek look at getting out of a sticky situation, ‘Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover’ meets ‘Johnny B Goode.’ ” Between Hurricanes is Stephen Fearing’s eighth solo album. Over the course of his celebrated career he has collaborated with a long list of artists that includes: Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, and Margo Timmins. Recently, he produced Happy Here, the latest JUNO-nominated album from Suzie Vinnick.
olk Routes LIVE, SOCAN Songwriters Circle 10 a.m. to 12 noon Ironwood Stage & Grill 1229 – 9th Avenue S.E. (Inglewood) Telephone (403) 269-5581 to reserve your spot now! Brunch menu is running!! Join Tom Coxworth, host/programmer of CKUA Radio’s popular Sunday morning Folk Routes program, LIVE, as he welcomes four CFMA nominees: Maria Dunn, Stephen Fearing, Diem Lafortune, and Justin Rutledge (in no specific order), to a songwriters circle. Musicians are sponsored by SOCAN. Live CKUA broadcast is supported by Fish Creek Concerts. Keep your seat at Ironwood for…
Stephen Fearing (Canada) £11/£9 (OAP’s/students) Acoustic, Singer Songwriter, Folk Sunday 27 October 2013 Renowned Canadian troubadour Stephen Fearing is on the UK road again Canadian song maestro Stephen Fearing is back after a busy few years performing and writing with others (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Fearing & White) now comes an opportunity to relish Stephen Fearing solo again. Listening to the songs on the long anticipated new album Between Hurricanes you’ll be struck by his voice, melodies and stories. Stephen's on top form proudly wearing his influences whilst holding on to his truly original voice; as one reviewer puts it “...music isn’t just what he does, it’s who he is.” Stephen is great performers, who most definitely has that wow factor, as well as being an all-round nice chap! Stephen Fearing is one of Canada's most respected performers. A stunning guitar player with a smooth, intimate and powerful voice, over the last 25 years he’s penned some of the most literate, stirring and emotionally charged "folk" music you’re ever likely to hear. Why not come along and experience it for yourself and find out what all the fuss is about… and as suggested by No Depression “sit and listen long.” “...nothing short of magnificent. What an amazing collection of songs! …one of the music world’s finest in the craft and art of the song.” Bob Chelmick, CKUA Radio www.stephenfearing.com
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Multiple Juno Award winning Stephen Fearing is one of the foremost performing singer-songwriters in Canada. Mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements and brilliant guitar playing, Fearing has built up a loyal and dedicated international audience with a wide range of songs - from his 1988 release ‘Out to Sea', to his last Juno winning album ‘Yellowjacket'. A founding member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Stephen has collaborated with many artists including Richard Thompson, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, and most recently producing the newest album from Suzie Vinnick.
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