I Miss You, I Do
Place You Left
Like his previous release, Northerner, in 2016, the songs on Frontier News share a common theme of rural western living in the 21st century.
The title of the album had been thought out before most of the songs were written and reflects the area of Northwest Wyoming where Kalyn calls home. It’s a place where little makes national news besides the annual Yellowstone tourist being trampled by a buffalo. “They say the Bighorn Basin, where I live, was the last place to be properly settled in the lower 48. The last Frontier, if you will. It’s so harsh and dry and windy here that it’s not really that difficult to believe. Come out in January, you'll see.” Kalyn feels that country music on the radio isn’t representative of country living, especially in Wyoming. “You don’t get more rural than Wyoming, if that’s what you mean by ‘country’. There are stretches here where you don’t pass a town for hours.” Kalyn’s songs are about a specific place and time and he admits these songs aren't for everyone because they are about a small portion of the American population living in a giant swath of the West. “There’s a movement of young western people writing honestly about this wild place out here and I’m excited to be part of it. Some of them are friends and we talk about how cool it is to meet other young writers basically covering their corner of the west. There's just not a lot of us.”