The past year, B.R. Lively has made a transformational shift in not only his music but also his lifestyle. His move from working with group projects to focusing on his solo path stemmed from turning inward and allowing the room for self-discovery. Resulting from this internal journey, he found a new sense of detachment and gave his belongings away, sold his car, and purchased “Joanie”, a Winnebago mini-motorhome as old as he. Without the clutter and stress of numerous possessions, he now has been able to focus on what’s truly important and necessary for him to pursue his craft which consists of traveling with his dog, Kato, connecting with new and old friends, and sharing his art of music. Recognizing that external factors such as love, loss, and heartbreak can be a revolutionary catalyst for internal change, his creative pursuits have begun searching for something much deeper and more meaningful in his songs and in his life.
A Dallas native, Lively began teaching himself how to play guitar, piano, and harmonica at age 13 and has been writing and performing his songs on his own and with various groups since. Cultivating an array of influences from the legendary Texas outlaws to Miles Davis to Nick Drake, Lively has diligently worked to develop his playing and writing to reflect what he absorbs naturally.
Upon meeting Gordy Quist (Band of Heathens) in 2015, they found a mutual interest in wanting to make a record that both sonically and conceptually consisted of simple, warm, and rootsy undertones. Lively had a pocketful of tunes he had written either the year prior on the road or brought back from a distant past, so Gordy pulled in Jim Vollentine to engineer and his bandmates from the Heathens, Scott Davis and Richard Millsap, to bring this sound to life at the Treefort Studio in Austin, TX. After the initial tracking, Thomas Avery (Lively’s longtime friend and musical partner) came into play and composed captivating string, horn, piano, and organ arrangements that he recorded at 800 East Studios in Atlanta, GA. All-together this new, emerging sound is nothing short of a tasteful mixture of the gritty yet poetic storytelling of Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson with the simple melodic cadences of Nick Drake.