Ann Vriend will play twice at the Harrison Festival of the Arts this year.

Ann Vriend will play twice at the Harrison Festival of the Arts this year.

Vriend looks to Americana for latest album

Singer brings Love & Other Stuff to festival

It’s been a long few months on the road for Ann Vriend, promoting her most recent album Love & Other Messes.

But for the next few weeks, she’s taking a break from life on the road, and tending to business at home in Edmonton.

“It’s been a very intense tour,” she told the Observer. “I’m taking some time to take care of the other side of the business.”

Music is a full-time gig for the singer/songwriter these days. With five records under her belt, and a steady stream of performances on her calendar, there would be little time for anything else.

“I get criticized for pushing myself too hard,” she said. “And I’ve definitely been called a workaholic. But I really like doing things. I think of things and I want to record them, and play shows.”

What she’s wanting to play right now, is the music off Love & Other Messes, her first self-produced album. Like most artists, Vriend is passionate about her current work, and constantly striving to improve her craft.

“Every (record) I change it up and do a different genre,” she said. “But this one I kind of think of as an Americana soul record. There’s some old school and very acoustic songs. We did a lot of stuff live off the floor. It’s a very acoustic and organic sounding record.”

And if she has to pick a favourite, it would be the single Tin Man.

“I’m happy with a lot of them,” she said. “We were most excited about that one when it finally came together.”

While all the music on Love & Other Messes conjure up that organic, nostalgic feeling, fans shouldn’t get too attached to one particular sound.

“That era of music was a really, really rich era unlike one we’ve seen since and I think it’s just a really great musical era to borrow from,” she said. “But the next record won’t necessarily sound like this.”

Vriend will take the stage at the Harrison Festival of the Arts a few times this year, once in the evening on the beach (July 14, 7 p.m.) and once in the afternoon on the beach (June 15, 2 p.m.) She says she’ll be playing with one other artist, as a duo.

The music on the beach runs throughout the nine-day festival, and those wanting to sit and watch can purchase a button for $2 right on site.

Other beach performing musicians this year include Los Morenos, Jackie Essombe, Kunaka, New Country Rehab, Leela Gilday, the Fito Garcia Afro-Cuban Bass Project, Andrea Koziol, Navaz, New Directions: An Aboriginal Collaboration, Redgy Blackout and Kytami.

For a full list of the entertainment planned at this year’s festival, visit www.harrisonfestival.com or phone 604-796-3664.