Del Barber

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Del Barber
Del Barber.jpg
Del Barber, October 2014
Background information
Born October 14, 1983
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada[1]
Genres Folk, folk rock, alternative country,[2] Americana, Roots, country
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Acoustic guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, vocals
Years active 2005–present
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 alternative 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.[3] Later in 2011 he won two Western Canadian Music Awards for Independent Album of the Year and Roots Solo Recording of the Year.[1][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Barber was born on October 14, 1983, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.[1] He cites some of his influences as Townes Van Zandt,[1][6][7] Greg Brown,[1][6][7] John Prine,[1][6] Emmylou Harris,[7] Steve Earle,[7] Wilco,[7] Bruce Springsteen,[1] Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams,[1] Loretta Lynn,[1] Mississippi John Hurt,[1] Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Merle Haggard,[1] The Band,[1] and Ryan Adams.[7] Del is also influenced by authors such as Farley Mowat, Wendell Berry, Jack Kerouac, and Kathleen Norris.


Barber began recording music while attending 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 and 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. 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.[8] 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."[3] 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."[9] 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.[4][5]

In early 2012, Barber signed a deal with Six Shooter Records.[10] Headwaters was released on May 1. In support of the album, Barber embarked on a cross Canada tour opening for Old Man Luedecke.

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.[11][12] Four of the tracks were heard on his NoiseTrade page to promote the album. The album is entitled Prairieography and was released on February 4, 2014.[13] The album was co-produced by William "Bill" J. Western. Western also plays in Barber's band.

On April 15, 2016; Barber along with the No Regretzkys released The Puck Drops Here through Corn Cob Music and True North Records. With Barber being a hockey fan, this was a hockey themed album with distinct rock and country sounds.

Band members[edit]

When not performing by himself in his solo work, Barber plays with his backup 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 and guitar


Studio albums[edit]

Where the City Ends[14]

  • Release date: April 10, 2009
  • Label: Corn Cob Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
  1. "Morning Song"
  2. "Story That You Tell"
  3. "Where the City Ends"
  4. "Love is Just a Wrecking Ball"
  5. "Muddy Palms"
  6. "Hurry"
  7. "Leather Boot Blues"
  8. "Harvest"
  9. "Long Long Winter"
  10. "God Damn Desire"
  11. "The Party Song"

Love Songs for the Last Twenty[15]

  • Release date: June 15, 2010
  • Label: Corn Cob Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download
  1. "As far as I Can Tell"
  2. "Chicago"
  3. "Love Song for the Last Twenty"
  4. "Miles and Years"
  5. "Home to Manitoba"
  6. "Coming Home with the Summer"
  7. "Story I Can Believe"
  8. "If I Told You That I Love You"
  9. "Songwriter's Lament"
  10. "62 Richmond"
  11. "Thunder Bay"
  12. "Katy Sparrow"


  1. "Love and Wine"
  2. "Everything Is Not Enough"
  3. "Queen of July"
  4. "Believe Me"
  5. "Can't Turn Around"
  6. "Right Side of the Wrong"
  7. "The Waitress"
  8. "Running on a Wire"
  9. "Hen House Manifesto"
  10. "Soul of the Land That's Mine"


  1. "Living with a Long Way to Go"
  2. "Farewell, God Bless You Goodbye"
  3. "Walking in a Straight Line"
  4. "Arianna"
  5. "Country Girl"
  6. "Peter and Jenny Lee"
  7. "It’s Harder Than You Think"
  8. "Big Smoke"
  9. "Yellowhead Road"
  10. "The Wind and The Road"
  11. "The Sparrow and The Crow"
  12. "All That It Takes"
  13. "Tell Me Where to Start"
  14. "White Lines and Taillights"

The Puck Drops Here

  1. "The Hockey Theme"
  2. "Big League"
  3. "Lights Go out"
  4. "Sawchuk"
  5. "Clear The Track, Here Comes Shack"
  6. "Flame of Victory (Coach’s Corner Theme)"
  7. "The Hockey Song"
  8. "Hudson Bay Rules"
  9. "A Game Goin’ On"
  10. "Mon Chandail de Hockey"
  11. "The Hey Song aka Rock And Roll (Part 2)"
  12. "Gretzky Rocks"
  13. "Hockey Night Tonight"
  14. "The Hockey Theme (O/T)"


  • "Running on a Wire"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Del Barber awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Juno Awards
0 1
Western Canadian Music Awards
2 3
Awards won 2
Nominations 4
Year Nominated work Event Award Result
2010 Where the City Ends Western Canadian Music Awards[8] Roots Solo Album of the Year Nominated
2011 Love Songs for the Last Twenty Juno Awards[3] Roots & Traditional Album of the Year Nominated
Western Canadian Music Awards[4][5][18] Independent Album of the Year Won
Roots Solo Recording of the Year Won


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Del Barber – Bio". Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Keating, Dylan S. (6 May 2014). "Del Barber". BeatRoute Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Juno Awards Artist Summary". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Night Belongs to Manitoba". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on October 26, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Manitoba shines at Western Canadian Music Awards". Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "About Del Barber". Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Del Barber on CBC Music". CBC Music. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Western Canadian Music Award 2010 Nominees Announced". Breakout West Kelowna. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "CBC Q Past Episode Library". CBC Radio. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ Hudson, Alex (April 13, 2012). "Del Barber Signs to Six Shooter Records for 'Headwaters' LP". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Alt-Country troubadour Del Barber signs to True North Records". True North Records. September 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  12. ^ "New Record Coming February via True North". October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  13. ^ Barber, Del (December 7, 2013). "A Brief History of Winnipeg's Music Scene and Why It Matters". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  14. ^ Barber, Del. "Where the City Ends". Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  15. ^ Barber, Del. "Love Songs for the Last Twenty". Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  16. ^ Barber, Del. "Headwaters". Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  17. ^ Barber, Del. "Praireography". Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  18. ^ "Western Canadian Music Award 2011 Nominees Announced". Breakout West. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 

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