On October 15th, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Briston Maroney released the live version of his debut album, Sunflower, recorded live at Third Man Records. While keeping the performances faithful to the original recording, Maroney and his band rip through the material in a preview of what to expect from his live performances on his headlining world tour in 2022. What I’m about to say should come as a surprise to no one who has heard the record or seen Maroney live.

This is really good stuff. The songs are all well-written, featuring the hits “Bottle Rocket,” “It’s Still Cool If You Don’t,” and “Freeway,” and the musical performances on this live record are as incredible as they are on the studio album. The drums are tight, Maroney’s voice is as powerful as always, and the guitars sound fantastic. The only thing that isn’t “performative” about this live recording is the lack of stage banter, but why would an artist banter to an empty room? 

Certain songs actually hit harder live than they do on record. “Why,” “Cinnamon,” and “The Kids” feel more powerful in the live recording. For what reason, I’m not 100% sure myself. It could just be the energy of a live performance coming through the speakers, but it also could be that the songs are meant to mimic the energy of a Nashville writer’s round. Those songs usually don’t carry the same weight on a recording because the intimacy of the performance is lost, but Maroney has regained it with this live recording. It’s magical.

In addition to the live audio recording, Maroney put out a full live video from Third Man Records on his YouTube channel, embedded below. Also, Briston Maroney’s headlining world tour for 2022 has been announced, and the dates are listed below as well! Some of the dates are unfortunately already sold out, but be sure to grab tickets if you are able. This live album proves that these shows are going to be incredible.

Jan 11, 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Privatclub

Jan 12, 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow

Jan 14, 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso (Small Hall)

Jan 15, 2022 – Paris, France – Le Hasard Ludique

Jan 17, 2022 – Bristol, UK – Exchange

Jan 19, 2022 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

Jan 20, 2022 – London, UK – The Garage

Jan 22, 2022 – Brighton, UK – Prince Albert

Feb 10, 2022 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada*

Feb 11, 2022 – Austin, TX – Antone’s*

Feb 12, 2022 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs*        

Feb 15, 2022 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge* SOLD OUT

Feb 16, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour* SECOND NIGHT ADDED SOLD OUT

Feb 17, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour* SOLD OUT

Feb 21, 2022 – Portland, OR – Holocene* SOLD OUT

Feb 22, 2022 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*

Feb 23, 2022 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile (Second Stage)*                                   

Feb 25, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court* SOLD OUT

Feb 26, 2022 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater* SOLD OUT    

Feb 28, 2022 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon* SOLD OUT

Mar 1, 2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall*                

Mar 3, 2022 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall^

Mar 4, 2022 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Indianapolis^

Mar 5, 2022 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch^

Mar 7, 2022 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern^ SOLD OUT                      

Mar 9, 2022 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg^ SOLD OUT

Mar 10, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry^ SOLD OUT

Mar 11, 2022 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair^ SOLD OUT

Mar 12, 2022 – Washington, DC – Union Stage^ SOLD OUT

Mar 14, 2022 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom^ SOLD OUT

Mar 15, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Café & Music Hall^

Mar 16, 2022 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle^

Mar 18, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade Hell Stage^

Mar 19, 2022 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East^ SOLD OUT

Mar 20, 2022 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East^ SECOND NIGHT ADDED

# Special Guest Savannah Conley

* Special Guest Genevieve Stokes 

^ Special Guest Jackie Hayes  

Andrew Gardner Administrator
Obsessed with all things music. Currently finishing an MFA in Chicago. If you see me at a show, say hey!
Andrew Gardner Administrator
Obsessed with all things music. Currently finishing an MFA in Chicago. If you see me at a show, say hey!

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