Saturday, February 22, 2014
Is there such a thing as pure country anymore? If so, I nominate Del Barber as a prime example. Not new country, not alt-country, but true country from the heart of the prairies, Winnipeg to be exact. His new record Prairieography sees the man taking on clichés both country and Canadian (city vs. country, fishing, drinking, and playing hockey) and wrapping 'em up in a sincerity that's disarming. There have been a few Winnipeg artists in the last few years who struck me as amazingly honest (Scott Nolan, Greg Macpherson and the Western States come to mind), but every song on this record seems so clear and genuine it could stop a person its tracks. To me, the album could have been called Less Artifice, More Warmth.
Try Walking in a Straight Line or Living With a Long Way To Go.
Prairieography is out now in Canada and in the U.S. on April 15 through True North Records.
Feb 26 The Bassment Saskatoon, Canada RSVP
Feb 27 Station Arts Centre Rosthern, Canada RSVP
Mar 01 Strathcona Community Centre Calgary, Canada Tickets RSVP
Mar 02 Geomatic Attic Lethbridge, Canada Tickets RSVP
Mar 04 Communitea Cafe Canmore, Canada Tickets RSVP
Mar 05 Jasper Legion Jasper, Canada Tickets RSVP
Mar 07 St. Basil's Cultural Centre Edmonton, Canada RSVP
Mar 08 Forestburg Community Hall Forestburg, Canada RSVP
Mar 20 Park Theatre Winnipeg, Canada Tickets RSVP
Mar 21 Park Theatre Winnipeg, Canada Tickets RSVP
Apr 05 Millennium Place Whistler, Canada Tickets RSVP
Apr 14 Jaeb Theater Tampa, FL