|01.||Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is|
|02.||Red Lights In The Rain|
|04.||The Things We Did|
|05.||Gone But Not Forgotten|
|06.||Love The Deal|
|08.||Love Like Water|
|09.||Better Than Wood|
|10.||Every Soul's A Sailor|
Stephen Fearing new solo album will be released on 10 January 2017 and is available to pre-order now and be sure to catch him on his UK tour dates early in 2017.
In many ways this whole album is about "The Journey", the various paths we take in love and in life and even after-love / after-life. At this point in my journey I have had my share of success and failure both on the stage and off and slowly I am coming to the realisation that as Ursula K Leguin so eloquently stated - “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Now that the record is complete I can look at the songs as a whole and see that like much of my material before, these songs are road songs. The road as metaphor, the road as a physical thing that takes us away and delivers us more often than not, back to ourselves. How fitting that all these tunes were written after returning to The West Coast where I was born. Musically I have travelled consistently between the two poles of "solo" and "ensemble". With this album I wanted to see if I could bring those two worlds together in the studio and then out on the road, touring with a trio. I deliberately set out to write the songs with an ensemble in mind and from the very start I tried to imagine how the tunes would sound played live by a trio. Most of this material was written or finished during a week-long trip into the mountains, where I holed up at a friend's cabin in Wells BC. with a woodstove and a fine collection of eclectic roots music to listen to when I ran out of steam. I brought my Telecaster and my trusty Manzer acoustic, a small amplifier and a goodly supply of pencils and paper. Certainly the title song could not have been written anywhere else. Once the songs were written, I brought them to master drummer Gary Craig and asked him to help me shape them into what you are listening to. We chopped the intros down, added a chorus here, a half verse there and generally tried to make sure that even the slower tempos had trajectory and momentum. David Travers Smith and I have been friends since the mid 80's when we worked side by side as bus drivers at a remote mountain lodge near Lake Louise. Over the years we have worked together very occasionally, but it was always in my mind to make a record with him co-producing and engineering. David is meticulous and once again the songs were shaped and polished by him. John Dymond and Gary Craig have worked together as a rhythm section for over 30 years and I have had the great good fortune to record with them on previous solo albums and touring/recording with them for 20 years as the engine behind Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, but this album marks the first time we will work together in the studio before taking these songs on the road as a trio. I am excited and slightly terrified by the thought of how this will push me as a singer and guitarist, but evolve or die right? It's all part of the journey.
CD (Cat No: 2134566)
Stephen Fearing - Every Soul's A Sailor