Del Barber is a singer-songwriter from Manitoba, whose winsome balladry and wry wit harken back to country-folk traditions that remind the listener of the late greats of songwriting history. Del is no stranger to finding inspiration in the cultural backdrop of Canada. On the JUNO Award-nominated Prairieography, Barber documented stories of prairie life, highlighting the unique relationship between struggle, hard work and love.
With new songs to share, Del is back on the road reconnecting with fans across North America touring his new album 'Easy Keeper', released on September 20, 2019 with acronym Records.
ABOUT EASY KEEPER
An Americana opus that was four years in the making, the new record was produced by Barber and Grant Siemens (Corb Lund / Tom Russell) and mixed by Scott Franchuk (Corb Lund / Romi Mayes). A hauntingly personal and celebratory collection of songs, Easy Keeper weaves variations of roots and folk music into a revelatory listen. “I want art to be rigorous, to contain cutting social observation while simultaneously being accessible,”says Barber, “I want it sounding familiar and friendly - parable like in scope.” With songs like “No Easy Way Out” and “Louise” that highlight Barber’s incredible storytelling - this record is a testament to how he moulds his empathetic creative process.
Primarily recorded in Manitoba, and featuring top Canadian talent, such as Geoff Hilhorst (Leeroy Stagger / The Deep Dark Woods) on keys, and Jeremy Rusu (Rosie & The Riveters / Red Moon Road) on accordion - the album takes its name from what farmers describe as animals that are literally - easy to keep. “An ‘Easy Keeper’ is what I realized I wasn't enough of... moreover it is exactly how I wanted others to describe me,” explains Barber. “ To me this record came as a direct result of the change in my disposition. It is a sincere reflection of my desire to become someone who is able to see the depth of my own footprint and marvel at those whose footprints become gardens rather than scars.”
With nominations for JUNO Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music Awards -Barber has shaped the folk music canon in Canada with five critically acclaimed studio albums under his belt as well as a myriad of fans. Now, as a member of the acronym family, Barber is ready to bring his new music to the world.