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. Though actively writing and performing music for over a decade, Into the Blue 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. Realizing the difficulty of exploring this new depth within and around himself while occupied by the noise of his current life, Lively gave away his possessions, moved out of his house, and adopted Joanie, a 1991 Winnebago, as his new home. He wanted to quiet, simplify and create for himself the space necessary for such discovery. It was with this mindset that Lively entered the studio to record his first solo album. Gordy Quist, a recent friend and mentor (known to most from Texas’ own Band of Heathens), identified with the songwriter’s quest and helped him bring this vision to life. They enlisted the composition skills of Thomas Avery (Lively’s longtime friend and musical partner), musical prowess of Gordy’s bandmates Scott Davis and Richard Millsap, and engineering mastery of Jim Vollentine. Together, they transformed Lively’s poetry into a sonic journey of spirit. 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.Formed in 2015, The Hard Truth brings together the songwriting talents of Lauren Hunt and Matthew Largent. Originating from the coast of California, Matthew and Lauren were heavily influenced by the Eagles, James Taylor, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead, and Willie Nelson. The desire to live in a progressive city with a well-supported music scene is what brought both Lauren and Matthew to Austin, Texas. At a small, singer-songwriter venue off Sixth Street, Matthew discovered the incredible vocal talents of Lauren Hunt in the winter of 2014. The two began writing and rehearsing original material almost immediately after their first encounter. With the support of the Band of Heathens and producer Gordy Quist, Lauren and Matthew recorded their debut album, “Gentle Lies,” at The Tree Fort Studios in the summer of 2015. The album has afforded Matthew and Lauren the opportunity to tour the West Coast and Southeast of the United States, in addition to Iceland and the United Kingdom. “Gentle Lies” has placed several songs on network television with Netflix and NBC. The band is currently gearing up for the release of their second album titled, “Woman’s Worth,” in November of 2017 and will tour extensively in support of the record.