Del Barber + Mattie Leon

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Mills Hardware

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Hamilton, ON L8N1A9

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Del Barber with Mattie Leon, live at Mills Hardware!

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DEL BARBER

Del Barber grew up in the Canadian Prairies, and the landscape is as much a part of him as the people he has met along the way. From the fertile Red River Valley to the pastures of the west, straight into the factory floors and slaughter houses of the city, Barber’s fourth album, Prairieography, is born out of a love for his home, its people and their stories.Recorded at Empire Recording in Winnipeg, the album is blanketed in warmth, subtle textures and true-to-life imperfections; the rhythm section was captured live to analogue tape and uses audio sounds from combines and augers.

In an effort to take his creative process to new heights, Barber undertook a painstaking approach to achieve an organic sound. The reverb was recorded inside a 150-foot grain silo. “We had to disassemble the studio, scale the walls of the silo, hang microphones and a speaker,” Barber describes. “We amplified the instrument, like the pedal steel, into the silo and recorded again, then the track would have to be synched up with the song.”Prairieography was produced by Barber and his trusted steel player Bill Western. Using the digital and analogue recording techniques, Barber manages to channel the classic records of past heroes while still standing firmly on his own.

Barber sings from the heart about his roots, telling tales from the road, and offering incredibly personal and sincere observations of the world around him. There is an unexpected blend of old-time country and Cajun boogie on “Living With A Long Way to Go”, however Barber maintains his characteristic storytelling style with “Farewell, God Bless You, Goodbye,” a story about a young man trying to escape the hum of the city. “Walking In A Straight Line,” written in the present tense, chronicles a trip he took to the Yukon from Winnipeg via the Rockies. On “All That it Takes,” Barber enthuses, “Sometimes three chords and a light heart are enough to make a good song. We really wanted to incorporate a few songs, like this one, on the album that would lean on heavy grooves and simple soul-driven rhythm sections.”

Barber has emerged as one of the next wave in this country’s proud tradition of songwriting talent. The follow-up to his award-winning albums Love Songs for the Last Twenty and Headwaters, Prairieography is the earnest travelogue of a wandering troubadour, and the realization that creativity is rarely a bolt of lightning.Good songs are the result of hard work, calloused fingers and learned lessons from a life well lived.www.DelBarber.com

Mattie Leon

Hailing from Toronto, Mattie Leon is a singer/songwriter whose music strikes a beautiful balance between Folk/R&B and Pop. 2019 will see the release of “WHEN LOVE IS STRONG / CAUGHT UP”, a two song single that returns Leon to the R&B roots he cultivated on his debut EP, TERRACE. It’s the first release since 2017’s SIGNAL HILL; a 7-song collection of rhythmic Canadiana that landed Leon a nomination for Emerging Artist at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Canadian Beats said the record is "Full of emotion and passion" and that "Mattie Leon is onto something brilliant".

Since embarking on his solo career in 2015 Mattie has been busy producing and releasing music, playing throughout Ontario and touring Canada. His soulful debut EP, TERRACE, included the song JUST YOU that received airplay on CBC Radio 1 and garnered accolades from then host, Talia Schlanger. He followed up TERRACE with two small releases in 2016 that included standout track ALABAMA which was his first foray into historical material. The song is about Clifford Durr, civil rights lawyer in the 1950's and 60's, who assisted in bailing Rosa Parks out of jail after the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

As SIGNAL HILL continues to get play on Canadian College Radio, songs from the record have also been featured on CBC’s new web series PEOPLE WATCHING. In the last few years Mattie has had songs receive national radio play, has opened for national acts like Jared and The Mill, Scenic Route To Alaska, and Wild Rivers, played showcases at Canadian Music Week, received an Arts Acclaim Award from The City of Brampton, toured from coast to coast (Summer of 2018) and has been featured/interviewed on countless radio shows and podcasts including CBC Radio 1's Fresh Air and Humble and Fred.

With momentum building Mattie is quickly becoming an artist with promise on the Canadian musical landscape.

*SIGNAL HILL, was funded in part by FACTOR.

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Hamilton, ON L8N1A9

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