|Born||October 14, 1983
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Genres||Folk, Folk rock, Alt-country, Americana, Roots, Country|
|Occupations||Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record producer|
|Instruments||Acoustic guitar, Harmonica, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals|
|Labels||Corn Cob Music, Six Shooter Records, True North Records|
|Associated acts||Old Man Luedecke, William "Bill" J. Western|
Del Barber is an independent folk, folk rock, Americana, and alt-country singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. Barber was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award for Love Songs of the Last Twenty in the category of Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Later in 2011 he won two Western Canadian Music Awards for Independent Album of the Year and Roots Solo Recording of the Year.
Barber was born on October 14, 1983 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 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, and Ryan Adams. Del is also influenced by authors such as Farley Mowat, Wendell Berry, Jack Kerouac, and Kathleen Norris. He is also influenced by community and food.
Barber began 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. After spending a year at North Park studying philosophy, he made his way back to Winnipeg and studied philosophy for a year at Canadian Mennonite University.
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. In 2010, Barber released what would be considered his fourth 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 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.
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 can be heard on his NoiseTrade.com page. The album is entitled "Praireogrpahy" with a current release date of February 4, 2014. The album is being co-produced by William "Bill" J. Western. Western also plays in Barber's band.
When not performing by himself in his solo work, Barber plays with his back up band The Del Barber Band. The members are as follows.
- Del Barber - Acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica, mandolin, banjo
- Nadine Klowak - Vocals
- Luke Enns - Electric guitar
- Caleb Friesen - Drums
- Jean-Paul Laurendeau - Bass guitar
- Bill Western - Pedal steel guitar
Where the City Ends
- "Morning Song"
- "Story That You Tell"
- "Where the City Ends"
- "Love is Just a Wrecking Ball"
- "Muddy Palms"
- "Leather Boot Blues"
- "Long Long Winter"
- "God Damn Desire"
- "The Party Song"
Love Songs for the Last Twenty
- "As far as I Can Tell"
- "Love Song for the Last Twenty"
- "Miles and Years"
- "Home to Manitoba"
- "Coming Home with the Summer"
- "Story I Can Believe"
- "If I Told You That I Love You"
- "Songwriter's Lament"
- "62 Richmond"
- "Thunder Bay"
- "Katy Sparrow"
- "Love and Wine"
- "Everything Is Not Enough"
- "Queen of July"
- "Believe Me"
- "Can't Turn Around"
- "Right Side of the Wrong"
- "The Waitress"
- "Running On a Wire"
- "Hen House Manifesto"
- "Soul of the Land That's Mine"
- "Running on a Wire"
Awards and nominations
|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||Nominated|
|Western Canadian Music Awards||Independent Album Of The Year||Won|
|Roots Solo Recording Of The Year||Won|
- "Del Barber - Bio". NewCanadianMusic.ca. Retrieved 05-12-12.
- "Juno Awards Artist Summary". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 04-07-11.
- "Night Belongs to Manitoba". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 10-24-11.
- "Manitoba shines at Western Canadian Music Awards". CBC.ca. Retrieved 10-24-11.
- "About Del Barber". SonicBids.com. Retrieved 04-07-11.
- "Del Barber on CBC Music". CBC Music. Retrieved 12-17-13.
- "Western Canadian Music Award 2010 Nominees Announced". Breakout West Kelowna. Retrieved 04-07-11.
- "CBC Q Past Episode Library". CBC Radio. Retrieved 04-12-11.
- Hudson, Alex (April 13, 2012). "Del Barber Signs to Six Shooter Records for 'Headwaters' LP". Exclaim!. Retrieved 04-07-11.
- "Alt-Country troubadour Del Barber signs to True North Records". True North Records. September 17, 2013. Retrieved 12-17-13.
- "New Record Coming February via True North". DelBarber.com. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 12-17-13.
- Barber, Del (December 7, 2013). "A Brief History of Winnipeg's Music Scene and Why It Matters". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12-17-13.
- "Western Canadian Music Award 2011 Nominees Announced". Breakout West. Retrieved 04-07-11.