Del Barber


Disc review

Headwaters marks the third album for the Winnipeg-based troubadour. Out of the 30 demos that were recorded, the ten that made the final cut are mostly pulsating narratives that hint here and there at other storytellers. I think of John Mellencamp on Can’t Turn Around, Cat Stevens on The Right Side of the Wrong, and others. Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter), Headwater‘s chronicles are enhanced by Del Barber’s passionate vocabulary, like when he asserts that "everything is never enough" or brilliantly mourns the homeland he abandoned on the closer Soul of the Land That’s Mine. Yes, Del Barber is one more singer-songwriter in the purest tradition of the classic troubadour, and one to look out for – I just know he’s got a real masterpiece in him.

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