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Through thick and thin: Needtobreathe has had its struggles but is still together

Sometimes Josh Lovelace gets a chance to get back home and recharge. It doesn’t happen often, but he’ll take whatever he can get.

“We just finished a pretty big tour,” he says during a recent phone interview. “We get to come home, do laundry, see a few friends and then we’re out on the road again.”

Needtobreathe is gearing up for a festival run before heading into the studio for its next album.

Needtobreathe is gearing up for a festival run before heading into the studio for its next album.

For more than a decade, this has been part of Lovelace’s life – and he’s fine with it.

He’s the keyboardist for rock band Needtobreathe. The band is touring in support of its 2014 album, “Rivers in the Wasteland.” Band members are brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt and Lovelace.

Its latest album couldn’t have arrived without the tumultuous narrative that came before, each aspect of their career building up to this point.

Lovelace says after the band’s previous album, “The Reckoning,” was released in 2011, the group spent more than two years on the road, and began grappling with both significant inner turmoil and the external pressure created by fame.

The tension between Bear and Bo Rinehart was so high by the end of the touring cycle, there was discussion of ending the band. The brothers kept separate dressing rooms, uncertain that this was the sort of band they’d wanted to become, the possibility of quitting lingering in their minds.

“We knew that we didn’t want this to be the end of something that we built,” Lovelace says. “The band had a strong foundation and we needed to find a way to push forward.”

He says during the current tour for the album, the band has grown closer than before. After three good-sized tours, the group is working on new music.

“We’ve been demoing some new stuff and trying out new sounds,” he says. “I’m picking up new instruments and learning them. If a song comes out of it, we’ll keep it for the next record. I think we needed to go through the growing pains to get to this point of creativity again.”

Lovelace says the band has been able to sustain its career because it has stuck to its guns.

“We’ve always been very vocal when it comes to our music,” he says. “This is important because our music is representing who we are. We want to put out the best music we can and we have stuck together to keep that going.”


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