Native to Houston, TX, Chris Lively began songwriting in the late 2000’s with a focus on lyricism and melody underpinned by euphonic chording and a blend of folk/blues/Americana-inspired rhythms and instrumentation. His often times hypnotic and dynamic songs can both introspectively calm you and energetically tug at your heart. If they don’t, they’ll at least be stuck in your head.
October 2017 ushered in the release of Lively’s second full-length album, Distance. Replete with spacious vocals, emotive lyrics, layered guitars, and meditative finger-picking, Distance is not a far departure Chris’s previous work. However, the new album contains a unique character and feel that reflect an artist who has certainly evolved and is no stranger to traversing new terrain, both instrumentally and thematically. In addition to featuring diversified instrumentation with performances by other musicians on piano, percussion, violin, and steel guitar, Distance is a soulful and often twangy album that swings as it delicately balances a haunting quality with an optimism and almost playful lightheartedness.
“With Distance, Lively has proven himself to be a sophisticated songwriter who understands that folk music should sound literary and homespun at once. Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, Joan Beaz, Odetta, all the great folk artists knew how to strike this balance, and that’s why we still listen to them. Lively’s songs are twangy poems that will hold up fifty years from now.” – Ricky Kingham – Free Press Houston