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Matthew Barber returns with Big Romance his 8th studio album, available May 27th on the Outside Music Label. Barber, who self-produced his last two albums, jumped at the opportunity to have Jayhawks frontman, and leader of the Americana movement, Gary Louris come on board “I’ve been a lifelong fan of Gary’s music with The Jayhawks” says Barber, adding that “it was a thrill to get to make a record with one of my contemporary musical heroes.”

Big Romance has soul-searching ballads, foot-stomping rockers, some groovy mid-tempo tunes and hooks-a-plenty. Tragedy is explored in both personal loss with an ode to a departed friend in the song“Magic Greg”, and in the events that took place on the 505 streetcar line that runs along Toronto’s Dundas Street, steps away from Barber’s house on the evening of July 27, 2013. Big Romance also features guitar and vocals from Louris and a guest appearance by Barber’s sister Jill who appears on the lead track “Hold Me”.

“Big Romance is a wide-reaching idea on this record,” says Barber, a lyricist not shy to play a romantic card. “Some songs are about love, but others deal with death, despair and that which lurks in the shadows that are cast when the fires of passion burn bright. With this title I want to embrace the idea that while it can be artistically-liberating to give in to romance completely, one must also be able to step outside with a wink and recognize that sometimes romance goes no deeper than the stuff of a good song.

Big Romance was recorded in Toronto at Revolution Sound as well as Greg Keelor’s farmhouse studio in eastern Ontario.

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released May 27, 2014

Musicians:
Matthew Barber – vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, piano, organ, percussion
Julian Brown – bass
Dean Stone – drums
Jesse O'Brien – piano, Wurlitzer
Steve O'Connor – Hammond organ
Michelle McAdorey – vocals
Burke Carroll – pedal steel
Jill Barber – guest vocals
Gary Louris – electric guitar, synth, vocals
James McKenty – electric guitar

Produced by Gary Louris

Songs by M. Barber
Copyright 2014 a priori tunes

Recorded & mixed by James McKenty
Assested by Guillermo Subauste and Luke Schindler

Recorded at Revolution Recording, Toronto and Lost Cause in January 2014
Additional recording at the Woodshed
Mastered by Joao at Joao Carvalho Mastering

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Matthew Barber Toronto, Ontario

Matthew Barber is equally at-home as a solo performer or with a band, inspired by great songwriters of the 20th-century North American folk/blues/rock’n’roll and country tradition.

On his 8th studio album, Big Romance, Barber jumped at the opportunity to have Jayhawks
frontman, and leader of the Americana movement, Gary Louris come on board.
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