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.
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 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.
In early 2012, Barber signed a deal with Six Shooter Records. "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. Four of the tracks were heard on his NoiseTrade.com page to promote the album. The album is entitled "Praireogrpahy" and was released on February 4, 2014. The album was 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