Fearing finds calm between the storms

February 12, 2013 – 4:44pm By STEPHEN COOKE Entertainment Reporter

Image FEARING’S new album Between Hurricanes is the sound of someone starting from scratch. It’s his first album of all new material since 2006’s Yellowjacket and his first independent release following nearly two decades with True North Records and a resettlement from Guelph to Halifax with his wife, writer-performer Christine Taylor.

It’s also the result of realizing that he wasn’t giving himself enough room in a busy schedule that was largely devoted to either working with roots trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, or the duo Fearing & White, pairing the Vancouver-born, Ireland-raised songwriter with Irish-born, Australia-based musician Andy White.

Being too busy is a welcome problem for a musician to have, but at some point you have to make sure it’s the right kind of busy.

“I needed to find a way to weave more of ME into this career, and I realized that unless I did something soon …,” trails off Fearing, over coffee at the Armview, just a brisk walk away from his west-end home.

“I was more or less knocking on my agent’s door saying I needed some work as a solo artist, and he’s telling me I need to make a solo record to prime the pump.”