Del Barber over for a string of UK shows with "Easy Keeper"16-11-2022
In January and February Del Barber will tour the UK with his recent release Easy Keeper. As the follow up to his 2020 Juno-nominated album Stray Dogs, Easy Keeper, finds Del Barber bridging his past and present. Conceived during pandemic isolation at his rural Manitoba home, the eight songs on Stray Dogs are drawn mainly from Del’s large stock of previously unfinished demos, given renewed focus and polish by his longtime band and producer Scott Franchuk.
‘Easy Keeper’ is the first album the JUNO-nominated Americana songwriter has recorded since relocating to an old farm near Manitoba (Barber hails from Winnipeg). The move suits him. The eleven songs here may have come from the pen of a Canadian, but they sound as natural as if they were born deep in the heart of Texas, falling right off the tongue of the likes of Robert Earl Keen or – more recently – Hayes Carll. To be sure, the tales and wordplay here don’t match the towering giants of the genre – whose could? But the heart is there, and Barber proves he has more to say than what kind of truck he drives, what kind of beer he drinks, and what kind of woman turns him on. ‘Easy Keeper’ is nothing new, but it’s nothing bad, and that’s good enough for an album that sounds damn good while it’s on.
28/01: Sheffield, UK - Dorothy Pax
29/01: Nottingham, UK - The Chapel (Angels Microbrewery)
30/01: Manchester, UK - Retro
01/02: Ashington, UK - White House Unique Social Club
02/02: Bath, UK - The Chapel
04/02: Filey, UK - Evron Centre
05/02: Salitaire, UK - The Live Room