Well, it’s official, summer is coming to an end, but the good times keep on rolling. Del will be bringing Headwaters to stops from Alberta to Quebec this fall, so keep your eye out on the tour dates, and for those of you who can’t get enough of Facebook, you can find on-going announcements there as well.
In other exciting news, against the symbolic milieu of a decommissioned grain elevator known as the ‘Five Prairie Giants’ in Inglis, Manitoba, Del will bring his twang-kissed tales to life for a full-length feature music documentary. Del will be teaming up with the producers at Farpoint Films, whose music documentary credits include The Weakerthans and The Sheepdogs. Stay tuned for more information!
Five Prairie Giants
Back in April, leading up to the release of Headwaters, Del was in the illustrious Banff Centre. Check out the very cool live recording that’s just been posted on the venue’s website.
As a lead up to Father’s Day, Canadian Press wrote a great story about Del and his father.
For Boyd Barber, work was never about anything as fanciful or intangible as pursuing a dream.
In fact, it was the dreams that chased him. Vivid nightmares that have haunted him since 1969, when he was one of the Canadian Navy members onboard the HMCS Kootenay when a gearbox exploded, killing nine crew members and injuring at least 53 others.
For 40 years afterward, Barber worked as a millwright. He spent most of those four decades toiling in the depths of Manitoba mines, but his was a jack-of-all-trades position that required him to nurture a general aptitude for all sorts of body-burdening tasks: welding, electrical work, installation of industrial machinery.
It’s the sort of stuff often referred to as good, honest work, but Barber hated it. So he was glad his son, Del, developed a talent for music and opted to follow a different path than his dad.
But he never expected to follow in his son’s fresh footsteps. These things are supposed to work the other way around.
Head to Winnipeg Free Press to read the rest of the story.
It’s not everyday that you get added to a list of “25 Best Neil Young Covers” by one of the most read music blogs ever. Consequence of Sound, based out of Chicago, is one of the very best ways to learn about music, period. Head over to their site to see their complete list of best Neil Young covers, which includes yours truly, as well as Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, James Mercer, Phish, and Thom Yorke.
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Do not fret! The audio from yesterday’s interview and live performance on CBC’s Q is now available here. Enjoy, rinse and repeat.
Del will be on CBC’s Q tomorrow! Tune in at 10:00am to CBC Radio 1 or listen on-line at www.cbc.ca/radio.
Where did this guy come from? I’m sure there’s a story, or nine – nine songs of melody, everyday desperation and occasional arrivals of harmony. A Winnipegger, but home on the roam, the worn-in Barber will appeal to fans of Jim Cuddy or Justin Rutledge (though he’s less earnest than the latter and dustier than the former). He writes about Monday-morning mirrors, streetlights that serve for stars, and often about fire: “Choking on the smoke, trying to get warm.” There’s thought to the arrangements; this stuff isn’t rough cut. Barber’s put in the miles. We get his trip. B.W.
Read the review on GlobeandMail.com.
HEADWATERS finds Winnipeg’s wandering minstrel Del Barber expounding on the virtues of home, whether physically or spiritually. It’s especially apparent on “Soul of the Land That’s Mine” where he apologizes for constantly leaving his “home and native land.”
On his third album in four years, the prolific Barber’s acoustically-dominated folk-roots is vibrant and joyous. His amicable vocal feels as comfortable as worn-in Birkenstocks. The 10 songs here are enhanced by his lyrical prowess as evidenced by “The Waitress” (“Her dreams, they fell asleep on the top bunk/and woke up on the floor”) or You Can’t Turn Around (“Your cups filled up, but baby your thirst is gone”).
Barber is possessed by a consummate wanderlust for life while questioning faith and seeking happiness only to realize maybe even everything is not enough (as he notes on the track, “Everything is Not Enough”). Headwaters is the finest work yet from one of Canada’s most promising young troubadours. Four stars.
Read the review on WinnipegFreePress.com.