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Clinton Fearon

Clinton Fearon

Sep 13th 2019 @ Flamingo Cantina

Austin, TX
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About Clinton Fearon
Genres:
Roots Reggae, Acoustic Reggae, Jamaican Blues, Dub, Poetry
Hometown:
Stony Hill, Jamaica

Born in Jamaica, Clinton Fearon became bassist, vocalist and lyricist of the mythic Gladiators at the age of 19. He was also a session musician for Coxsone Dodd at Studi...
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Friday, September 13th, 2019
9:00 PM
Flamingo Cantina
515 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Clinton Fearon in acoustic and in jam with musicians.
This is the exact date of the new album worldwide release and we'll be celebrating with the Austin family!

Clinton Fearon is a composer, songwriter, singer and player of instruments since his early teens, and a professional since the age of 19.
He was born in Jamaica and become the bassist, vocalist and lyricist for the mythic Gladiators, as well as a session musician for Coxsonne Dodd in Studio One and Lee 'Scratch' Perry's at Black Ark, two of the main producers on the island at this time. He also composed some everlasting bass lines for well-known artists like Yabby You, Jimmy Riley, Max Romeo, Junior Byles and many others.

After leaving Jamaica 1987, Clinton Fearon start a new career from Seattle. With other musicians of the Gladiators, he decided to stay in the US and to found The Defenders. The band built a nice following in the Northwest. After five years the band split and Clinton Fearon formed the Boogie Brown Band with local musicians in 1993.

Clinton Fearon recorded eight albums with Boogie Brown Band and two albums in solo acoustic.

Each song of Clinton Fearon is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who dedicates his life to help a better world to come. With chiselled music and poetic lyrics, he opens reggae to a wider audience who simply loves his beautiful songs.

Texas Native, Cas Haley opens the show. Cas is a soulful -singer/songwriter /producer with an eclectic southern FLIPPED bluesy surf-roots sound. “Open Eyes,” the intensely catchy first single off his fifth album Lessons and Blessings (out June 21), strays from Cas Haley’s usual upbeat mode, and he knows it. A melancholy vibe is “usually not my M.O.,” laughs the Texas singer-songwriter-guitarist, and the many fans of his sunny reggae-influenced music are sure to agree. But when this particular song was conceived, life had interrupted Cas’s rhythm in a big way.

With four albums under his belt and thousands of shows behind him, Cas was dividing his time between touring and spending time with his wife and kids on his Texas farm. He’d grown up immersed in ska/punk/skateboard culture and the classic reggae-pop of bands like UB40 and Sublime. He’d long since absorbed the hard-knock lessons of his dramatic runner-up finish on an early season of America’s Got Talent.

He’d worked with indie reggae label Easy Star Records, made other fruitful collaborations, and shared stages with the likes of UB40, Nahko and Medicine for the People, and Trevor Hall. All along, he’d gone his own independent way, building an enviable career on the road and in the studio.

Of course, there were ups and downs along the way. A freak fall while skiing at a festival in the Midwest left him unable to sing for the better part of a year. But he’d always bounced back.

Then in late 2018 came a bigger jolt. His wife, Cassy, had a dangerous form of breast cancer. Surgery and chemo were in the cards. Suddenly life seemed a much darker place.

Amid all the twists and turns of his music career, two things had remained constant: family, and the message of unity and love woven through his songs. But there was a new reality now. Would music flow again?

Inevitably, it did. In fact, it was as the couple were driving to a follow-up appointment after Cassy’s surgery that these lines popped into Cas’s head: “Confusion laid its claim on me/Open eyes but still can’t see.” He sang it with a jokey Willie Nelson sound. But they soon realized it was resonating with them in a new way.

Ultimately, “Open Eyes” became the first single on the aptly named Lessons and Blessings.

Spirituality underpins many of the new songs. As Cas worked on them at his home studio (nicknamed “The Birdhouse”) he noticed a strange thing. A rooster crowed every time he played the mellow guitar passage that introduces “What Would You Build,” the album’s opening track. Cas saw this as a sign, and the rooster made it not only into the recording, but onto the album cover.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Ages 18 and up are welcome.
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About Clinton Fearon
Genres:
Roots Reggae, Acoustic Reggae, Jamaican Blues, Dub, Poetry
Hometown:
Stony Hill, Jamaica

Born in Jamaica, Clinton Fearon became bassist, vocalist and lyricist of the mythic Gladiators at the age of 19. He was also a session musician for Coxsone Dodd at Studi...
Read More