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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 a year 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.

  •  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                       Healing Your Life program of personal awakening   and transformation.

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

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

  • 27th 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   25,000 folks each season. Get your tickets early         since we always sell out!

  • 27th year clean and sober.

  • September 2017 - Released new CD entitled             UNSWEET TEA,  – 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, 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.

  • 2023 - Launch the Love & Seduction Tour, featuring BJS solo.

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     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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