When it comes to Canadiana, there are few storytellers like Del Barber.
The Manitoba songwriter's blend of folk and country weaves together tales of farm life, motel trysts, and trips to the hardware store; of characters named Jungle Jim, and Peter and Jenny Lee, and even this delightful song about his 65-year-old neighbour, Louise, singing Willie Nelson while cleaning out her eavestroughs.
“She’s the kind of person who’s been through every fire of life you can imagine,” Barber says.
“Despite it all, she has this hopeful disposition and I covet it.”
Here's a clip of Barber performing "Louise" at the Evangel Fireside Room in Fort St. John, Jan. 31, 2019: