Stephen Fearing to play at Arts Station

Juno award winning artist is set to play at the Arts Station on Feb. 10.

Canadian musician Stephen Fearing is playing at the Arts Station on Feb. 10.

Juno award winning artist is set to play at the Arts Station on Feb. 10. The Fernie stop is part of a small tour of  the region, and is the second show in the Arts Station Winter Concert series.

Fearing is a career musician, making touring and songwriting part of his life from an early age.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years. When I started out, I thought that being an entertainer was somehow a bad thing,” he said. “Somehow I thought that if you were going to be an artist, you couldn’t be an entertainer as well, and I think that somewhere in the middle is the truth. I love to entertain people, I love to talk and tell stories and take them with me, where I have been in my travels.”

Although the tour isn’t in support of any new material, featuring tunes from his 2013 release, Between Hurricanes, he is currently working on material for a new album. When he talked to The Free Press he was at the Banff Centre working as a guest faculty member and working on some new music.

“One of the reasons I’m at the Banff Centre is to write, because there is nowhere to write in my house. I don’t even have a desk right now,” he said, noting that he and his family recently made the move from Halifax, N.S. to Victoria, B.C.

“Having somewhere to write and get some solitude is pretty great. I’m planning to record the next solo record for me in June and July.”

Fearing mentioned he hoped to release the upcoming record in January of next year.

Fearing may be better known for being one third of the trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, but the musician admits he has a few other projects on the go.

“I’ve got a bunch of different pots on the stove,” he said. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings have recorded a new album, which Fearing said should be released later this year.

Fearing is set to entertain the crowd at the Arts Station at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10. Tickets are $20.