There must me many who, bored of their daily routine, dream of a life of travel and spontaneity on the open road. A messy break-up persuaded indie-folk songwriter B.R. Lively to make this dream a reality, leaving his home town in a renovated 1991 Winnebago camper van, playing shows during his nightly pit stops. Along the way, he finished writing songs for his first solo album sharing the lessons learned during what he calls a “sonic journey of spirit”.
He says that "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”.
The eleven songs of 'Into the Blue' were recorded in central Texas, with producer Gordy Quist and long-time friend Thomas Avery who wrote and recorded the album's beautiful string arrangements. He's also backed by 'Band of Heathens' members Scott Davis and Richard Millsap.
The mood is outward looking rather than introspective; any restless energy he had prior to making the record appears to have dissipated somewhere along the way.
As a consequence, a series of pragmatic 'what will be will be' sentiments are reflected in a set of mellow and melodic tunes. Even on a song entitled The Day That I Die, he manages to sound positive and it closes with an open expression of thankfulness on Gratitude.
The warm, peaceful glow that comes from this album is a good advertisement for taking time out and going with the flow instead of getting stuck in a vicious cycle of negativity.
B.R. Lively's website