DEL BARBER Adds U.S. Tour Dates; New Album 'Prairieography' Released
Acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter-storyteller DEL BARBER released his new album PRAIRIEOGRAPHY on April 15 via True North Records and critical praise has poured in, while several tracks from the collection have been added to playlists at AAA and Americana stations nationwide. The Canadian musician has also added new U.S. tour dates in support of the release. PRAIRIEOGRAPHY is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and on vinyl here.
In his review of PRAIRIEOGRAPHY, Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter raved, "The result, a sprawling, fourteen song concept record that celebrates the Canadian prairie of Barber's childhood, is themost fully realized, triumphant album of the songwriter's young career." (4/14/14). The Boston Globe's Stuart Munro wrote, "Prairieography turns geography into poetry." (4/13/14) Elsewhere, Jon M. Gilbertson at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel drew comparisons to one of DEL's biggest influences: "Winnipeg singer-songwriter proves that the American frontier spirit applies to all of North Americawith a roots-music fourth LP that nods to Ian Tyson's Cowboyography." (4/14/14) The praise for BARBER's new album is also flooding in from across the border. The Winnipeg Free Press touted, "...the country/roots troubadour paints vivid pictures of small towns and the hard-working people who populate them. His portraits aren't rendered in misty, pastel-hued watercolours; they're rougher, grittier. Barber lets the brush strokes show...Barber's plainspoken-ness is complemented by warm, textural soundscapes." (2/4/14)
Several tracks from PRAIRIEOGRAPHY have also delighted the ears of radio music programmers. Album highlights including "Living With a Long Way to Go," "Farewell, God Bless You, Goodbye" and "Big Smoke," among others, are being played at AAA stations such as WNCW in Spindale, NC, WNRN inCharlottesville, VA, WUIN in Wilmington, NC, WTYD in Williamsburg, VA and Maine Public Radio, to name a few. Americana stations WAMU in Washington, DC, KDNK in Carbondale, CO, WERU in Blue Hill, ME, WMKY in Morehead, KY, Wyoming Public Radio and more are also spinning songs.PRAIRIEOGRAPHY is currently #75 on the Americana chart and climbing.
Produced by BARBER and his trusted steel player Bill Western, the two used digital and analog recording techniques to channel the classic records of past heroes, while still standing firmly on his own. In order to take his creative process to new heights, BARBER undertook a painstaking approach to achieve an organic sound: he recorded the reverb inside a 150-foot grain silo. "We had to disassemble the studio, scale the walls of the silo, hang microphones and a speaker," BARBER describes. "We amplified the instrument, like the pedal steel, into the silo and recorded again, then the track would have to be synched up with the song."