Del Barber – CBC Studio 700 (Vancouver – February 20th, 2014)
“It’s been three years since you left this tired town” is how Del Barber started his Vancouver show. “All the folks still ask why you never come around.” The song was Can’t Turn Around from his 2012 album Headwaters and about half way through the Winnipeg singer-songwriter let out a resounding call of “Hit it boys!” as call to the band…only there was no band. Barber tours with one occasionally, but this time the man took the stage solo.
The night took a quieter turn when Barber chatted about his thoughts on Canada’s oil industry, something that’s been in the news recently following a series of fairly scathing and angry comments by his fellow Winnipeg singer-songwriter Neil Young. Barber expressed a more balanced viewpoint on the topic than Young’s fairly polarizing one, saying that “It seems like the Canadian way is too look for better questions” which is a rather nice Canadian sentiment about an issue that is, in reality, fairly complicated.