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Blowhard Nation

by Stephen Fearing

As a spectator of Donald Trump's con-man campaign of hate and fear, 'Blowhard Nation' came from a place of sarcastic outrage and ended up a Merle Haggard-inspired roots rock anthem that leaves you wanting to two-step straight to your local tavern.
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For multiple JUNO Award-winner Stephen Fearing (solo artist and member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings), both the writing and release of Blowhard Nation were influenced by anger, a keen sense of the absurd, dark humour, and a desire to help some of the people who get swept into the trash by right wing governments.

“I love the word 'blowhard' - I imagine a man with a red face and neck rolling over the knot of his conservative tie. The last thing I saw before writing the song was the cover of a magazine featuring Donald Trump in full sneer. At that point it seemed inconceivable that such a loud-mouthed bully / con-artist could become the Republican nominee,” Fearing explains.

“Like most Canadians, I’ve been listening to his campaign of lies, half-truths, and fear-mongering and I’ve noticed this willingness to speak what’s been considered unacceptable in a presidential candidate until now. It’s illuminating to see how Trump’s message has made some truly vile people feel safe enough to come out into the open.

My desire to write this song came from an instinctual reaction to the politics of hate and grew into a desire to express my belief that voting for Trump or Brexit or The National Front is voting for bedlam. On the surface, these candidates may appear to scratch the itch that has driven you crazy, but in the end they will claw you to death.”

Fearing hopes to contribute to the conversation about the potentially catastrophic global impact of a Trump presidency and use the song to try and help some of the people Trump is vilifying in his campaign. With this in mind, Fearing is donating his proceeds from the single to War Child, a charity which helps children in war-affected areas through education, opportunity, and justice.

“In February, Trump was asked about accepting Syrian refugee children into the US. His response was sickening, "I can look in their faces and say ‘You can't come'. I'll look them in the face.” Trump and his supporters have lost all sense of humanity. My hope is that we can generate funds to help the very people Trump and his ilk around the world have no problem turning away.”

Blowhard Nation is the first single from Every Soul’s a Sailor (album available January 14, 2017).

“Fearing (is) a king amongst minstrels.” Halifax Chronicle Herald

Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive.

By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he's been named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada. He built a national - and international - audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, and the UK, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few.

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Fearing has released eight albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and Suzie Vinnick. As co-founder of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, he has released eight albums, and two albums as half of the duo Fearing & White.

Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations* that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics.

“A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.” Maverick Magazine

In 1996, Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson formed a new band called Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to record a tribute album of songs by Willie P. Bennett.

Eight albums and one Juno award later, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American folk-roots-rock music. Their musical collaborators are many, but to name a few - Emmy Lou Harris, Exene Cervenka, Holy Cole, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Cassandra Wilson, Bruce Cockburn, and Serena Ryder.

In 1998, Stephen Fearing met Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and a fast friendship was formed. In addition to his own work, White is known for his collaborations with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, and Sinead O'Connor. Fearing & White reconnected annually to write songs together (including several songs recorded by Blackie and The Rodeo Kings), culminating in Canadian and UK tours and two critically-acclaimed albums.

With a life of many relocations and countless months on the road performing, Fearing is a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to captivate audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to relax and be taken on a journey. I sketch out my shows so they deliver on that.”

When not working behind the microphone, Fearing spends time producing records and teaching. “With producing, I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”

The JUNO award-winner also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops (often scheduled in conjunction with festival appearances). “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” Fearing said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise developed.”



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