Folk singer Stephen Fearing’s Between Hurricanes written in a burst

singerBy Jenna Conter Metro Halifax

For Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ Stephen Fearing, becoming a solo artist may have been a part of his career’s natural progression.

According to Fearing, who brings his latest solo album, Between Hurricanes, to The Carleton on Valentine’s Day, there is a laundry list of pros and cons to being both a brother in the band and stepping out on your own.

With music in his blood, Fearing began his musical career in earnest in the early 1980s, releasing his first album, Out to Sea, in 1988. By his third album, The Assassin’s Apprentice, Fearing earned himself a Juno nod in 1994. Two years later, Fearing joined Colin Linden and Tom Wilson to create Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

“If I continued to be a solo musician forever, I wouldn’t have developed nearly as much,” he said. “Playing in an ensemble that isn’t based around your music means that you have to learn to play music with the same kind of authority as in a solo career — I think that’s a really good thing if you want to develop yourself into a really good musician.”

After a seven year hiatus, Between Hurricanes catches fans up with Fearing who, now 50, has come through personal struggles with this album.“My 14-year marriage that came to an end, dealing with the hurricane that is Blackie,” he said. “Juggling all those things isn’t any different from anyone else’s life but can seem greater during periods where you don’t think you could do more but you realize you have to and on top of it you’ve got to take your daughter to school.”

In a burst of writing, said Fearing, Between Hurricanes was a major release of his subconscious. Happy with the product, Fearing continues to focus on both the art and craft of song writing. “As a songwriter, whether you mean to or not, there’s a lot of autobiography involved but you try to put yourself in other people’s shoes and look at the world through other people’s eyes and that really shows up in this record.”

 

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