Blooming Early and Late …
  • Piano lessons – age 6-14

  • Men’s glee club – age 16 -18

  • Formed Pep Band carrying piano in pick-up truck – age 17

  • Flunked out of freshman year of college – age 19.

  • Singing waiter – Farmhouse Inn & Hotel – Blowing Rock, NC for two summers. With guitar, began to learn the music of the late great Josh White.

  • Went to another college and flunked out.

  • Joined rock band on Farfisa organ (Double Shot of My Baby’s Love).

  •  Learned how to fly airplanes – age 21.

  • 1966 – age 22. Hired by Eastern Air Lines and flew Constellations, DC8’s, DC9’s, 727’s until 1989.

  • Borrowed by Uncle Sam for two years as MP in Army and years in Pleiku, Viet Nam – age 23-25

  • Sang with the Greater Miami Civic Chorale and Bach Society 1986-1989

  • 1989 – Airline went broke – moved back to Chapel Hill from Miami.

  • 1992 – MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

  • Flew for UNC Medical Air Operations – part-time for seven years.

  • Recorded CD – Vintage Café Society Blues – 1998

  • Created two videos and website BigJohnShearer.com

  • Festivals, concerts, memorials and workshops around the USA.

  • Flew air tankers fighting forest fires – 2001.

  • Sivananda Yoga teacher certification – 2002

  • Flew air attack firefighting missions (a la movie Always) in the Western US from 2002-2012.

  • Certified teacher for Paul Ferrini’s LightForTheSoul.com program of personal awakening and transformation.

  • Setting up new outreach WonderOfItAll.org as teacher, entertainer, and celebrant, using original and traditional musical performances as the binding ingredient on the recipe of life – 2016 -?

  • 24th year appearing as the Ghost of Christmas Present in Ira David Wood III’s musical comedy adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium and Durham’s DPAC. We’ll see 30,000 folks each season. Get your tickets early since we always sell out!

  • 24th year clean and sober.

  • September 2017 - Released new CD entitled UNSWEET TEA, featuring Scott Ainslie's Late Last Night – Big John Shearer’s new collection from over 50 years of making Café Society Blues & Americana music – .

  • July 2020 - Released new collection of BJS's work on USB Flashdrive including UNSWEET TEA in WAV and MP3 formats, 2 videos highlighting Late Last Night and 1 video featuring an interview about Ole Blue and UNSWEET TEA, the album. Also included is an hour long episode of Big John's Borealis Blues Radio Show focused on Black Gospel on WELY, AM/FM, Ely , Minnesota - Summer of 2002. Finally, galleries of BJS photos and writings of humor and an essay.

     Farmhouse Inn - Blowing Rock, NC
(Standing far left)
First album - 1997
Waiting to go on - 2010
1962 Alumni back to school - 50 yrs on
'Look at yourself Ebenezer' - 1996 to now
Crachit       Present       Scrooge
Forest fire fighting - a la movie 'Always'
Big John Shearer Band - 2012-2017
Another passion - S/Y WONDER


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