As a class, cowboys are known as foulmouthed, irreverent, drunken creatures.
Someone didn't give Jaryn Friesen that memo.
Friesen, born and raised in Steinbach, MB, is only 28 but his music packs the richness of a writer decades his senior.
His latest batch of songs, accompanied only by guitar strings and back up vocals from Two Crows For Comfort’s Erin Corbin, elicit a small-town angst many a musician don't relate to any longer.
Friesen's new collection is raw and simple, which makes the tunes feel like talking with a friend over a tall boy. His grovel-y voice with just the right amount of drawl sings of yearning for some place, some time elsewhere and hits familiar tones and themes which make it feel like coming home.
Inspiration from storytelling troubadours like Townes Van Zandt, John Prine and American Aquarium help to create periods of reflection, both of oneself and the world around them.
Whether it be childhood, religion, or going on a binge at a highway Holiday Inn, Friesen’s lyrics in his latest tracks are deep and contemplative. “We don’t talk about that here” is a heavy tune about turning a blind eye and how a community can make or break you, while “Stone” sings of judgement (“practice what you preach, before you cast your stone.”)
“I hate my hometown," the first release from his One Mic Sessions collection, oozes growth and perspective with the poetry of Indie giants Lord Huron, but the folky harmonies of Willie Nelson.
In any event, Friesen gets what it means to be the man who knows how to talk about his feelings.
Coming off his "First Tour Ever" tour, and multiple Manitoba Country Music Association awards nominations, with past singles catapulting to the top of Canadian radio, Friesen is only getting started.
Jaryn has performed at festivals and venues across Canada, in Austin, TX and hosts a monthly songwriters night.
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