Recorded in Winnipeg, Del Barber’s fourth record is a success on a number of fronts. He continues to display his soulful country voice and songwriting, but on this record he’s really gone experimental in terms of his recording process.
A plain old studio isn’t enough for this guy, no sir. Most of the tracks were recorded in a fairly traditional way, at Empire Recording. However, they wanted the reverb to be a little unique…so they disassembled the studio and set up the equipment in an old grain silo so they could mix in some very cool vibes on the record.
The experimentation and effort has paid off. Prairieography is a beautiful record. It’s lush, with slide and steel guitars, mandolins, accordion, all tastefully laid down. One big bonus to the whole record is the harmony vocals of Nadine Klowak. She appears of most of the tracks, and provides a lovely counterbalance to Del’s wistful lead.
Del Barber will be on tour over the Winter, with a stop at The Blacksheep Inn on February 8. Highly recommended.
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