Tea and Confidences
You've heard of supergroups, how about a super-duo? In roots music terms, Fearing and White qualify. Stephen Fearing is a Juno-winner as a member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and an acclaimed solo artist, while Aussie-based Irish songsmith Andy White is also a noted and prolific solo act. The two pals first teamed up in 2011 on Fearing and White, and Tea and Confidences is a fine sequel. Their voices harmonise superbly, and they fuse rock and folk elements seamlessly. The sound is built around fluent guitars, with drummer Gary Craig (BARK) adding some groove and Scott Merritt recording cleanly. The duo's humour and energy leave many younger folk pretenders in their wake. An extensive Western tour begins in Calgary on March 28. Go to their website for dates.