“…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 – ByLine Houston
Native to Houston, TX, 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. Following the release of his debut EP, the Faintest (2013), Lively amplified his presence in the Gulf Coast music scene with the release of two full-length compilations, Feather (2015) and Distance (2017). While each unique in its own right, they collectively capture the evolution of a signature style that draws from a vast array of influences. Replete with spaciousness, emotive vocals, and a distinctively melodic yet often percussive picking style, the albums highlight Lively’s penchant for finding method in madness and using simplicity to communicate otherwise complicated messages. His songs are soulful, twangy, and sometimes haunting stories that each contains a magnetism that leaves you wanting more. Whether solo or with his band, Lively’s hypnotic and dynamic performance style can both introspectively calm you and energetically tug at your heart. If it doesn’t, the songs will at least be stuck in your head.