Into the blue
It started with a shatter.
Cracks spread and splintered, heartbreak crumbling the hardened walls of ego. Absent this learned protection, Lively’s sense of self dissipated.
Rather than empty, this left him feeling open, buoyant, as though his insides had been cleared of long-standing debris. With openness came expansion. His heart, mind, entire consciousness seemed to have been awaiting room to grow and his still-tender soul proved fertile.
He opened, expanded; expanded, opened, each action multiplying upon itself until outlines blurred and he could no longer discern the edge. Every part of him that was, every part that was becoming, grew and stretched toward a previously unseen light. It welcomed, beckoned, seemed spacious enough to step inside.
This album chronicles that journey. It is an awakening and an invitation.
Though actively writing and performing music for over a decade in Texas and throughout the Southeast, this album marks a distinct and conscious shift from Lively’s previous projects. No longer is he simply concerned with playing an instrument, Lively is learning to become one.
Realizing the difficulty of exploring this new depth within and around himself while occupied by the noise of his current life, Lively gave away his possessions, moved out of his house, and adopted Joanie, a 1991 Winnebago, as his new home. He wanted to quiet, simplify and create for himself the space necessary for such discovery.
It was with this mindset that Lively entered the studio to record his first solo album. Gordy Quist, a recent friend and mentor (known to most from Band of Heathens), identified with the songwriter’s quest and helped him bring this vision to life at the Texas Treefort Studio in Austin, TX. They enlisted the composition skills of Thomas Avery (Lively’s longtime friend and musical partner), musical prowess of Gordy’s bandmates Scott Davis and Richard Millsap, and engineering mastery of Jim Vollentine. Together, they transformed Lively’s poetry into a sonic journey of spirit.
Released on October 6th, 2017, Into the Blue is a cinematic record rooted in folk music, Southern Gothic soul, and the therapeutic rush of the open road. There are sweeping string arrangements, folk anthems, Motown-inspired rhythms, Nick Drake-worthy acoustic guitars, and slow, stripped-down ballads. At the center of the mix is Lively himself: a self-taught singer and multi-instrumentalist who isn't afraid to shine a light on the lessons learned during his physical and spiritual journey.
"The past year and a half has been a time of immense self-discovery. I've focused on finding a more conscious way to live in this world with awareness, integrity, and respect for other people, myself, and the Earth. Suffering can be a catalyst for change, and for me, getting my heart broken gave me the opportunity to deepen the relationship with myself and explore the openness of a renewed and transformed mind within my music and my life."
Lively lives on the road, traveling the country, to share what is his most pure, heartfelt creation to date. He attempts, through his music and lifestyle, to connect not with our surface selves, but with our often silenced and forgotten souls.
B.R. Lively @ Hole in the Wall ~ Austin, TX (w/ Samantha Lee and the Family Tree)
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