Clinton Fearon joined Jamaican harmony trio the Gladiators in 1972, forming their classic line-up with founder Albert Griffiths and Gallimore Sutherland.
In 1987 while on tour in the USA he departed the group and struck out for himself as a solo artist - continuing the rural sound of roots reggae for which the Gladiators were famed.
Where the Gladiators’ output since then has been variable, Seattle-based Fearon has maintained a consistency – even if he has felt the financial pinch that affects all independent music.
With his new album Goodness due out on March 24th, distributed in Europe by France’s Chapter Two, Angus Taylor linked a jovial Fearon to discuss how the record fits into the musical and physical climate of yesterday and today.
Your last album Heart and Soul was an acoustic album of songs you wrote in Gladiators. Now you are back with an electric album. Was Heart and Soul a diversion of sorts?
I didn’t stray from the electric so I guess it was a diversion in a good way! I love the acoustic still because it started there really. You sit back in the yard with your acoustic guitar strumming away and ideas come. You ride along with it and then you modify and slick it up later on and electrify it. It’s like going back to the roots of the electric albums anyway.