Del Barber, October 2014
October 14, 1983|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Origin||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
Del Barber (born October 14, 1983) is a Canadian independent folk, folk rock, Americana, and alternative country singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. Barber has been nominated for and won a number of awards including a being nominmated for a 2011 Juno Award for Love Songs of the Last Twenty in the category of Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Solo. Later in 2011 he won two Western Canadian Music Awards for Independent Album of the Year and Roots Solo Recording of the Year. In 2012, Barber was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the category of Solo Artist of the Year. In 2013, he once again won the Roots Solo Recording of the Year for Headwaters at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
Barber was born on October 14, 1983, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Boyd and Jean Barber. Growing up in the St. Norbert neighbourhood of Winnipeg, he took up the guitar. By the time he was sixteen, he was writing music and performing in different bands. One summer, after working to save up money, he recorded the songs he written. This was first glimpse of Del writing and producing his own music. With his first self recording being a hit among his friends, it was them who encouraged and convinced him to play a live show. Despite his early success, Barber was doubtful about this being a viable career choice. But as he finished school and moved on to college, he would continue with music.
He cites some of his influences as Townes Van Zandt,Greg Brown,John Prine,Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle,Wilco,Bruce Springsteen,Neil Young,Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams,Loretta Lynn,Mississippi John Hurt,Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Merle Haggard,The Band,Ryan Adams, and Rancid. Del is also influenced by authors such as Farley Mowat,Wendell Berry, Jack Kerouac, and Kathleen Norris.
Barber continued recording music while attending Covenant Bible College. From there he would start playing shows all across North America. During his one year at North Park University, he would continue to write music then make his way back to Winnipeg to study philosophy.
After the release of two early demo albums, Barber went back into the studio to record his eleven-track album Where the City Ends. With many positive reviews of this album, he continued to tour extensively in support of the album. Where the City Ends was nominated in the category of Roots Solo Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2010, Barber released his second album entitled Love Songs for the Last Twenty. Once again, Barber had critical success with the album and continued to tour extensively. In August 2010, Barber was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Solo Album of the Year for Where the City Ends. The album also received a second nomination for Best Album Design of the Year which album designer Brooke Nelson was nominated. In 2011, he was nominated for a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Solo for "Love Songs of the Last Twenty." On April 11, 2011 Barber appeared as the musical guest and interview on CBC Q with Jian Ghomeshi. The show was taped live as a part of The Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Barber performed "Miles & Years" and "As Far As I Can Tell." Later in 2011, Barber's career continued to reach new heights when he won two Western Canadian Music Awards for Independent Album of the Year and Roots Solo Recording of the Year.
In early 2012, Barber signed a deal with Six Shooter Records.Headwaters was released on May 1, 2012. The album was co-produced with Sam Kassirer in which thirty demo tracks were recorded before ten were chosen for the album. In support of the album, Barber embarked on a cross Canada tour opening for Old Man Luedecke. Barber had an album release show at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg on October 26, 2012. He was nominated in the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards in the category of Solo Artist of the Year.
On September 17, 2013, True North Records announced that they signed Del and that he will release his first record on the label in February 2014. Four of the tracks were uploaded to his NoiseTrade page to promote the album. At the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards, Barber once again took home the award for Roots Solo Recording of the Year for Headwaters.
The album entitled Prairieography was released on February 4, 2014. The album was co-produced by William "Bill" J. Western in Winnipeg at Empire Recording. Western also plays in Barber's band. Part of the album was recorded in a silo in order to get the sound they wanted.
Barber embarked on a tour of the prairies from the end of January 23, 2014 to March 27, 2014 in support of the album. Barber was nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards in the categories of Contemporary Singer of the Year, English Songwriter of the Year, and Solo Artist of the Year.
On April 15, 2016; Barber along with the No Regretzkys released The Puck Drops Here through True North Records. With Barber being a hockey fan, this was a hockey themed album with distinct rock and country sounds.
It features covers of well-known song such as Stompin' Tom Connors's "The Hockey Song, Coach's Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada theme "Flame of Victory," and Tom Cochrane's "Big League." It also features covers of lesser known songs such as The Hanson Brothers' "Hockey Night Tonight" and Pursuit of Happiness' "Gretzky Rocks. Barber added some originals including "Hudson Bay Rules" and the single off the album "The Lights Go Out." The album was produced by Corb Lund guitarist Grant Siemens.
On June 10, 2018; Barber started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his next album entitled Easy Keeper.. He stated that he took a hiatus and was now wanting to produce a new album. His goal was $7,500; but in less than a week; Barber was able to raise over $13,000.
When not performing by himself in his solo work, Barber plays with his backup band The Del Barber Band. The members are as follows.
Where the City Ends
Love Songs for the Last Twenty
The Puck Drops Here
|2010||Where the City Ends||Western Canadian Music Awards||Roots Solo Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||Love Songs for the Last Twenty||Juno Awards||Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Solo||Nominated|||
|2011||Western Canadian Music Awards||Independent Album of the Year||Won|||
|2011||Roots Solo Recording of the Year||Won|||
|2012||Himself||Canadian Folk Music Awards||Solo Artist of the Year||Nominated|||
|2013||Headwaters||Western Canadian Music Awards||Roots Solo Recording of the Year||Won|||
|2014||Himself||Canadian Folk Music Awards||Contemporary Singer of the Year||Nominated|||
|2014||English Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|||
|2014||Solo Artist of the Year||Nominated|||
|2014||Prairieogrpahy||Western Canadian Music Awards||Roots Solo Recording of the Year||Won|
|2014||"Big Smoke"/Himself||Songwriter(s) of the Year||Won|
|2015||Prairieography||Juno Awards||Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Solo||Nominated|||