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Into the blue

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B.R. Lively 

 

 

Eager to trade a rooted, restless life at home for new horizons, indie-folk songwriter B.R. Lively decided to hit the road in the summer of 2016…for good. Leaving town in a renovated 1991 Winnebago named Joanie, he began making his way across the country, playing shows during his nightly pit stops.

It was a new way of life — a whirlwind of blue skies, campsites, national parks, state routes, driveways, and mile markers, with different crowds every night and new landscapes flashing by the windshield at highway speed. Lively felt transfixed, transformed, inspired. He'd literally unplugged himself from his world back home, now living in a cozy, wood-paneled vehicle equipped with solar paneled electricity. Along the way, he finished writing songs for his first solo album, Into the Blue.

  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.

  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. This album chronicles that journey; it is an awakening and an invitation. It 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.

  Lively launched his career as a teenager in Dallas, Texas, cutting his teeth with a string of club gigs in Deep Ellum. He headed east after graduation, settling in Athens, GA, to attend college and broaden his horizons. Several years later, Into the Blue finds him returning (briefly) to central Texas, where he recorded the album's 11 songs alongside producer Gordy Quist (the frontman of Texas' own Band of the Heathens), longtime friend Thomas Avery (who wrote the album's lush string arrangements), and Band of Heathens members Scott Davis and Richard Millsap. The most electric, nuanced project of his career, Into the Blue turns Lively's experiences — both at home and on the road — into what he proudly calls a "sonic journey of spirit."

  "That first year on the road was a time of immense self-discovery," says Lively. "I've been focusing 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."

  Tracks like "Oh These Eyes," "Lonesome," and "Minute by Minute" are inspired by the breakup itself, while "Summertime Sky," "Free Of," and "Are We in it For the Gold?" find Lively making perceptions about the world at large. The result is an album that's both intimately personal and widely universal. Released independently, Into the Blue marks a new chapter in a story that's still unfolding, offering up melodic plot twists, sympathetic characters, and a narrator who doubles as one of the folk scene's most promising up-and-comers.

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.

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

*(For info on hosting B.R. for your own HOUSE CONCERT, please email: BRLivelyHouseConcerts@gmail.com)*

10/25/18

B.R. Lively @ The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA (w/ Annie May Willis)

10/31/18

B.R. Lively @ Mare Island Brewing Co. - Vallejo, CA (w/ Jimbo Scott)

11/03/18

B.R. Lively @ The Marker Hotel - San Francisco, CA

11/04/18

B.R. Lively @ House Concert - San Francisco, CA (w/ Julian Muller & The Loveangelists; Presented by SongRise Studios)

11/16/18 (*NEW DATE CHANGE*)

B.R. Lively @ HopMonk Tavern - Novato, CA

11/23/18

B.R. Lively @ House Concert - Dallas, TX (Five Islands’ “Smoke” single release show)

 

 

~ photo by Ryan Myers ~

 

 

 

PAST PERFORMANCES

 

2018

10/13/18

B.R. Lively @ Private Wedding - Saint Helena, CA

9/28-9/29/18

B.R. Lively @ Zion Canyon Music Festival - Springdale, UT

9/22/18

B.R. Lively @ Private Wedding - Aspen , CO 

8/16/18

B.R. Lively @ Jives - Colorado Springs, CO

8/15/18

B.R. Lively @ Six Car Pub - Amarillo, TX

8/14/18

B.R. Lively @ The Mill - Abilene, TX

8/2/18

B.R. Lively @ Uncommon Ground (Edgewater) - Chicago, IL

7/7/18

B.R. Lively @ House Concert - Bothell, WA

6/30/18

B.R. Lively @ 208 Summer Slam at North Idaho Cider - Hayden, ID

6/25/18

B.R. Lively @ Outlaw Brewing - Bozeman, MT

6/15-6/17/18

B.R. Lively @ Teton Valley Vanlife Gathering - Victor, ID

6/10/18

B.R. Lively @ Bend Brewing Co. - Bend, OR

6/8/18

B.R. Lively @ Artichoke Music - Portland, OR

5/25/18

B.R. Lively @ Kerrville Folk Fest – Kerrville, TX ((Regional New Folk Finalist Ballad Tree Performer)

5/11/18

B.R. Lively @ The Chief – Laytonville, CA

5/3/18

B.R. Lively @ The Chief – Laytonville, CA

4/27 – 4/29/18

B.R. Lively @ Camp Kammok – Burnet, TX

4/7/18

B.R. Lively @ The Lost Church - San Francisco, CA (w/ RoAn Gibson)

3/31/18

B.R. Lively @ Bear Valley Mountain Resort - Bear Valley, CA

3/24/18

B.R. Lively @ House Concert - Austin, TX (w/ Lola)

3/23/18

B.R. Lively @ House Concert - Dallas, TX (w/ Lola)

3/22/18

B.R. Lively @ The Grape - Waco, TX (w/ Lola)

3/17/18

B.R. Lively @ The Market & Tap Room - Austin, TX

3/17/18

B.R. Lively @ Texas Grassroots Fest - McDade, TX

3/16/18

B.R. Lively @ Nueces Kitchen & Bar - Austin, TX

3/14/18

B.R. Lively @ Growler USA - Austin, TX

3/12/18

B.R. Lively @ Spiderhouse Cafe & Ballroom - Austin, TX (for Peachfuzz Magazine's PEACH BY FUZZ FEST)

3/11/18

B.R. Lively @ Austin Eastciders - Austin, TX

2/19/18

B.R. Lively @ The Basement – Nashville, TN

2/7/18

B.R. Lively @ ACME Feed & Seed – Nashville, TN

1/13/18

B.R. Lively @ Sofar Sounds – Austin, TX

1/12/17

B.R. Lively @ Hole in the Wall ~ Austin, TX (w/ Samantha Lee and the Family Tree)

1/3/18

B.R. Lively @ Austin Eastciders – Austin, TX

 

 

2017

12/16/17

B.R. Lively @ Sofar Sounds - Fort Worth, TX

12/09/17

B.R. Lively @ Thee Aroma - Blue Ridge, TX

12/08/17

B.R. Lively @ Love and War in TX - Plano, TX

11/30/17

B.R. Lively @ Mohawk - Austin, TX [w/ The Hard Truth and Gordy Quist (Band of Heathens)] *Into the Blue Record Release*

11/11/17

B.R. Lively @ Prophet Bar - Dallas, TX (w/ Tow'rs and Zach Winters)

11/08/17

B.R. Lively @ House Concert - St. Louis, MO

11/04/17

B.R. Lively @ Boulder Coffee Co - Rochester, NY

10/28/17

B.R. Lively @ Rockwood Music Hall - Manhattan, NY

10/23/17

B.R. Lively @ Outer Space (Ballroom) - New Haven, CT

10/20/17

B.R. Lively @ The Foundation Room - Boston, MA

10/18/17

B.R. Lively @ The Paper Box - Brooklyn, NY (w/ Statue Still, Bill Scorzari, Lizzie No, and The Travelers)

10/17/17

B.R. Lively @ Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA (w/ John Beacher, Beaucoup Blue, and Whiskeyhickon Boys)

10/11/17

B.R. Lively @ Common Grounds - Waco, TX

10/10/17

B.R. Lively @ Hole In The Wall - Austin, TX

10/08/17

B.R. Lively @ The Prophet Bar - Dallas, TX (w/ Claudia Gibson and Danny Sohn)

10/07/17

B.R. Lively @ House Concert - Austin, TX

08/04/17

B.R. Lively @ Lestat's - San Diego, CA (w/ Rainbow Girls)

07/27/17

B.R. Lively @ The Silverlake Lounge - Los Angeles, CA

07/06/17

B.R. Lively @ The Laughing Goat - Boulder, CO

06/07/17

B.R. Lively @ Crazy Mountain Brewery - Edwards, CO

06/01/17

B.R. Lively @ Lion's Lair - Denver, CO (w/ Bo Depena & Just Another Station)

05/23/17

B.R. Lively @ The Basement - Nashville, TN

05/18/17

B.R. Lively @ Sofar Sounds - Nashville, TN

05/13/17

B.R. Lively @ Oskar Blues Brewery - Asheville, NC

05/12/17

B.R. Lively @ The Music Room - Atlanta, GA (w/ Moloq)

05/11/17

B.R. Lively @ The World Famous - Athens, GA

04/19/17

B.R. Lively @ Sofar Sounds - Dallas, TX

04/14/17

B.R. Lively @ Sundown at Granada - Dallas, TX (opening for Dr. Joe)

04/06/17

B.R. Lively @ Lamberts - Austin, TX (w/ The Hard Truth & Nick Bloom)

 

 

2016

12/19/16
B.R. Lively @ Sofar Sounds - Dallas, TX

11/10/16
B.R. Lively @ 18th & Vine BBQ - Dallas, TX

11/03/16
B.R. Lively @ Sofar Sounds - San Francisco, CA

10/22/16
B.R. Lively @ Twilite Lounge - Dallas, TX

10/01/16
B.R. Lively @ Anderson Fair showcase SWRFA Conference - Austin, TX

09/30/16
B.R. Lively @ SWRFA Conference - Austin, TX

09/23/16
B.R. Lively @ Cherrywood Coffeehouse - Austin, TX

09/16/16
B.R. Lively @ Balcony Bar & Grill - Durango, CO

09/09/16
B.R. Lively @ Sofar Sounds - San Francisco, CA

09/06/16
B.R. Lively @ Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA

08/30/16
B.R. Lively @ Smuggler's Brew Pub - Telluride, CO

08/26/16

B.R. Lively @ Wash Park Grille - Denver, CO

08/25/16
B.R. Lively @ The Eldo - Crested Butte, CO

08/19/16
B.R. Lively @ Coal Creek Coffee - Laramie, WY

08/12/16
B.R. Lively @ Black Tooth Brewery - Sheridan, WY

08/08/16
B.R. Lively @ The Village Theatre - Davenport, IA

08/08/16

B.R. Lively @ Daytrotter - Davenport, IA

08/05/16

B.R. Lively @ The Beat Coffeehouse - Minneapolis, MN

07/22/16

B.R. Lively @ Tycoon's Alehouse - Duluth, MN

07/19/16

B.R. Lively @ Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL

05/22/16

B.R. Lively @ ListenATX House Show - Austin, TX

05/14/16
B.R. Lively @ The Twilite Lounge - Dallas, TX

04/22/16

B.R. Lively @ Historic Scoot Inn - Austin, TX

03/16/16

B.R. Lively @ Hangar Lounge - Austin, TX

03/10/16

B.R. Lively @ Carousel Lounge - Austin, TX

02/27/16

B.R. Lively @ Lamberts - Austin, TX (w/ The Hard Truth)

 

 

2015

11/24/15

B.R. Lively @ 18th & Vine BBQ - Dallas, TX

11/09/15

B.R. Lively @ Adair's Saloon - Dallas, TX

11/05/15
B.R. Lively @ Red Light Cafe - Atlanta, GA

11/04/15

B.R. Lively @ Ben's Tune Up - Asheville, NC

11/01/15
B.R. Lively @ Sidewalk Cafe - New York City, NY

10/31/15
B.R. Lively @ Alphabet Lounge - New York City, NY

10/30/15
B.R. Lively @ Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge - Washington, DC

10/28/15
B.R. Lively @ Crown Station - Charlotte, NC

10/27/15
B.R. Lively @ fooBAR - Nashville, TN (w/ Thomas Galloway & Jordan Hull)

10/26/15
B.R. Lively @ Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN

10/24/15
B.R. Lively @ White Rock Coffee - Dallas, TX

10/21/15
B.R. Lively @ Rattle Inn - Austin, TX (w/ Josh Field)

10/14/15
B.R. Lively @ Rattle Inn - Austin, TX (w/ Josh Field)

10/08/15
B.R. Lively @ Shiner's Saloon - Austin, TX (w/ Josh Field)

10/07/15
B.R. Lively @ Rattle Inn - Austin, TX (w/ Josh Field)

08/15/15
B.R. Lively @ Gourdough's - Austin, TX

07/29/15
B.R. Lively @ Desert Nights at The Standard - Hollywood, CA

07/26/15
B.R. Lively @ Whisky A Go Go - Los Angeles, CA

07/24/15
B.R. Lively @ Velo Rouge Cafe - San Francisco, CA

07/20/15
B.R. Lively @ Crazy Mountain Brewery - Edwards, CO

07/18/15
B.R Lively @ Black Shirt Brewery- Denver, CO

07/08/15
B.R. Lively @ Spiderhouse Ballroom - Austin, TX

06/04/15
B.R. Lively @ Swan Dive - Austin, TX

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contact

to reach B.R. directly you can email him at brlivelymusic@gmail.com

for booking inquiries, please contact Jack Bruton at booking.brlively@gmail.com

 

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