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We're making a new record!  Can't wait to share these songs with you.
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Hello Friends!

This project "Easy Keeper" has been a result of time away and big life changes. I've been taking some time to reflect, write good songs and make some wonderful lifestyle improvements! My wife Haylan and I have left the big city for the starry skies of the Manitoba Parkland. We bought an old farm, keep horses and chickens, we have the world's greatest dog, and this past March were blessed with our first child. That's right, I'm a dad! Welcome Guthrie Isabel Barber! 

My Family
My Family

With all of these great changes have come dozens of new songs that I cannot wait to share with you.

A new album in the making!

Easy Keeper will be my 5th studio album. This new group of songs and  this crowd-funding platform is my way of reconnecting with all the people who have supported and encouraged my songwriting craft over the past decade of touring!  Kickstarter seems to be the best way for me to get people to join in the process of making and releasing a record under my own label. 

It's about having and enjoying full creative control over a project that comes straight from the heart. I guess if you want roots that run deep you need to tend to them.  This is what this project is all about:  community, roots, honesty and backbone.

Easy Keeper is an album of songs I've written in my hiatus from the music scene.  Time has allowed me to write carefully, and sincerely. I believe this is my strongest and most honest collection of songs to date and I hope you agree! 

Some of you folks know that I rarely write from my own perspective though lately I've been trying to write about my own life a little more. Check out one of the new songs I wrote for the album in video below shot last year at the  Bow Valley Folk Club: Patient Man. It's a simple song of an honest memory of me at a social on New Year's Eve dancing a little too earnestly to Patio Lantern by Kim Mitchell. I hope you like it! 

It takes a village to create an album

Though I'm technically an "Independent Artist" the truth is I'm thoroughly dependent on so many people. I'm not just one guy with a guitar and a pen, there's a community of crafts-people, artists, musicians and fans who have come together asking me to keep writing and recording music.  I need to take a second to highlight and thank some of the folks that are dearest to me and have really gone the extra mile for this project.  

First, my family. My wife Haylan and my brand new daughter Guthrie. Art is supposed to make our lives better, bring us closer and I think this album will do just that. Thanks for your love. I'm a lucky man. I'd like to thank my folks and my sister as well. Your love and support has been steadfast, honest and true.  

My band and the team that has come together to make this recording happen is first-rate. Co-produced by Grant Siemens and myself, recorded by Scott Franchuck (Riverdale Recorders) with Bernie Thiessen on bass and Ivan Burke on drums, this is a group of really good friends and world-class musicians who understand me and put the song first.  I'm humbled to get to make music with you guys. 

Playing rummy with Scott, Bernie, Grant, and Ivan
Playing rummy with Scott, Bernie, Grant, and Ivan

I'd also like to thank Nathalie Kleinschmit at Prairie Mix. Her belief and support in me has come at the perfect time. I'm really looking forward to the work we're going to do together in the future. 

I'm so thankful to the craftspeople and artisans that have helped me create the incentives. In a world of disposable stuff, these handmade, well crafted pieces mean a lot to me. Thanks to Ray Magnan, Daniel Iseli-Otto, Steven Laurie, Steve Schlacter, Will Bergman and Dana Slingerland for all your time and attention to detail. You're all inspiring people. I'm proud to present your work alongside my music and introduce it to those who, like you, value what is beautiful and true.   

More about the incentives

As you'll discover, you'll not only be able to pre-order the Easy Keeper album as a digital download or CD, you'll be able to bring home a special gift - a work of art or unique experience - for yourself or a loved one. You'll find details on the side and some photos to explore below:

Handmade Butcher Block::::

Manitoba Cribbage Board::::

Hand made Felted Pendant::::

Custom made Canoe Paddle::::

Guitar Stool/Stand::::

Del-raised Roasting Chicken::::

1/4 Cord of Birch Firewood::::

Splitting birch with Fischer
Splitting birch with Fischer

And for those of you who choose more than one incentive, know that I'll have an extra special gift for you as a thank you for your support!

To my friends, family and fans who've never stopped encouraging me to keep playing and writing my songs, thank you. I can't wait to share "Easy Keeper" with you!

Risks and challenges

Without the financial backing of a label, I am carrying the risks (and rewards too!) of this album. The short-term challenge is raising the remaining budget to cover the costs of producing and pressing the album. With your help in pre-ordering, this will be possible.

Fortunately, in having already released four albums, I can build on the knowledge gained from those experiences as well as the network in industry that has been supportive of my music. I'm not trying to do this alone - which is a risk for DIY projects - I have a super team of people at my side and believe that together, we'll share the hope and excitement that comes with a brand new collection of stories and song.

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    Digital Download - "Easy Keeper"

    Straight to your headphones, a digital copy of the new album! You'll be the first to hear it!

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    Signed CD copy of "Easy Keeper"

    You'll receive a signed copy of "Easy Keeper". Includes a digital download!
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    Del Barber Live at the West End

    I was thrilled to share my new songs at the West End last Dec 2017. This live concert recording includes the stories behind the songs and is available as a digital download.
    This exclusive Kickstarter recording comes with both the signed CD and a digital download of "Easy Keeper"!
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    Signed Vinyl copy of "Easy Keeper"

    You'll have the vinyl to enjoy at home and the the digital download of "Easy Keeper" to enjoy on the road!
    You'll also receive the digital download of the "Del Barber Live at the West End" recording.
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    Roasting Chickens

    Yes... I was serious about raising chickens! Get your free range, grain-fed, Del-raised roasting chicken! From our farm in Inglis, MB. For food safety sake, residents within driving distance of Inglis only. Delivery to Winnipeg possible.
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    Coffee and Del Barber Mug

    Most people who know me know I love coffee. If you do too, you'll want to check out this custom roasted coffee by Berg and Birch in Winnipeg with a Del Barber mug.
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    Handcrafted Felted Pendant

    Pendant necklace handmade by my friend Dana Slingerland in Thunder Bay. In a world of disposable, mass-produced apparel, a unique felted pendant reflects our values of care, craft and beauty.
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    Butcher Block Cutting Board

    Birch/Walnut/Maple/Oak butcher block cutting board with Del Barber brand. Professional chef grade and grain. I handcrafted these with the help of Steve Schlachter, a labour of love that you can see in the photos. This will stand out as a work of art in your kitchen!
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    1/4 Cord of Birch Firewood

    What could be cosier than listening to music by a well-lit fireplace? I've split the wood myself and will deliver it to you! (In Manitoba or Saskatchewan.)
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    Manitoba Cribbage Board

    Handcrafted by Wild Craft Wood, a long-time friend with a shared passion for crafting beautiful (and functional!) objects out of wood. A crib board in the shape of Manitoba with Del Barber brand.
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    Canoe Paddle

    Hit the river with your own custom made canoe paddle crafted by Lonesome Pine Timberworks.
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    Guided Fly Fishing Day Trip

    Guided by my fishing buddy Ray Magnan, a one day fly-fishing trip on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park for Rainbow Trout/Brook Trout. You'll see why I always stop in Jasper! Limit of two anglers. Some experience fly fishing would help! It also makes a great gift for the fly-fishing enthusiast in your life!
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    Guitar stool/stand

    This unique wooden guitar stool/stand was handmade by Ray in Jasper, Alberta. In your living room or on stage, this stool and stand is a work of art that will be cherished for generations!
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    Del Barber House Concert

    Host a Del Barber house concert and I'll come and share my stories and songs with you and your friends. (I'll play my new songs and any other favorites you'd like to hear!) Book this show, and I'll be there!
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