“I’m Kind of in God’s Pocket” — Del Barber talks Prarieography, Life on the Road and Songwriting
In person, it’s hard to mistake Del Barber for anything but a prairie boy. Barber’s got a tall lean frame, a well worn Carhartt jacket and the kind of youthful appearance that comes from a life lived outdoors under the clear skies and fresh air that you find in the middle of the country. He’s quick to smile when you first meet him, and it’s clear that the friendly story telling person you see on stage isn’t a persona. He’s an easy, engaging, thoughtful conversationalist.
That Barber’s newest album, Prairieography, is full of carefully crafted, sparse songs that evoke the place he calls home is by design. It’s been so long since you’ve seen the prairie stars / You’re not sure you can recall them he sings in Big Smoke, one of the album’s standout tracks, and it’s obviously sentiment he’s well aware of. After spending much of 2013 on the road—he played two separate summertime gigs in Vancouver about a month apart—2014 hasn’t been any slower. Barber’s job keeps him away from home a lot, and Prairieography is a kind of love letter to his home.