Interview: Levi Hummon on visiting the UK for Country Music Week, music and more

Levi Hummon is a country singer/songwriter and rising star. With his father Marcus Hummon being a legendary artist and songwriter writing for artists such as Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw to name a few – It was likely Levi would follow in the  same footsteps and we are so glad that he did.

Levi released his debut EP The LEVI HUMMON EP,  by Big Machine Label Group in 2016 and since then he has been on the road with Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, David Nail, Michael Ray, and A Thousand Horses.

Levi released his latest single Don’t Waste The Night earlier this year through Iconic Records and it is available everywhere digitally.

Levi will be joining many great artists including his father Marcus Hummon in the UK in October as part of Country Music Week and we couldn’t be more excited. We caught up with Levi to discuss his up and coming UK trip and his music amongst other topics.

Enjoy!

Hi Levi – how are you?

I’m great! Just gearing up for my first ever tour in Europe.

What have you been up to this week?

This past week we went out on the road with Brantley Gilbert and Luke Combs. Then performed for the NFL season kickoff here in Nashville, TN.

I am going to jump right in and say how excited I and the rest of the UK country fan base are that you are coming over to the UK in October to do a few shows – what made you decide that this year was the time to visit us?

Well, I’m even more excited. We saw the offer come in and I jumped right on it. I’ve spent my life traveling the world with my family, and I love being able to make new fans in new places. I’ve always heard that fans in the UK really love songwriters so I’m excited to share my music.

You are going to be involved in a few shows as I mentioned and some with your dad which must be so nice to do. Tell us a bit about your dad and was he a big influence on you going into music?

Yes, it’s always great sharing the stage with him. He’s had a huge impact on me as a creative soul. I grew up watching him perform and walking through the living room as he wrote with country artists. I never really knew how big of an impact it had until I started performing and writing for myself.

What can we expect from your shows as they are all going to be different, we have songwriters sessions as well as regular shows and then the daytime hub event which seems to involve a variety of things such as interviews and live music – could you tell us a little bit more of what to expect from that event as well as the other shows?

I’ll definitely be playing some of the same songs at each show, but more shows means more songs. I have grown up doing songwriting rounds where we take turns performing our songs, but I really enjoy having the stage to myself where I can talk a little bit more about my story.

Are you going to be doing any site seeing? If so, what or where is on your list?

I’ve actually been to the UK a few times as a tourist, but I just want to walk around each city and just take it all in. I’m up for whatever. Feel free to shoot me suggestions.

If you could see any UK artist during your visit – who would it be?

Sir Paul McCartney of course.

How aware are you of the fan base for both yourself and country music as a whole in the UK?

I know I definitely have a few fans from social media, but I look forward to meeting and making more the second I land.

Any plans to play C2C Festival?

I have always wanted to. Heard nothing but great things.

Your current song out right now is Don’t Waste The Night which we love! Could you tell us a bit about the song Don’t Waste The Night and the inspiration and writing process behind it?

The theme of the song is about not wanting the perfect night to end with the perfect girl. But this song is special to me because it represents me stylistically and also melodically. I was playing this cover of Tracy Chapman’s fast car and I really wanted to have that same moving guitar part in my own song, so I chased it. This song is a blend of so many of my influences pop, Americana, and country.

How would you describe yourself as a songwriter?

I would describe myself as melodically driven, but I find myself writing about real life. I’ve lived in each scene I sing about. It’s part of who I am.

Are you working on an album, if so what can we expect from it and can we get a hint at a release date?

I can’t speak to an album, but I can hint at a new single coming really soon.

You have written with some very notable writers such as Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen, Brandy Clark, Andrew Dorff, Jimmy Robbins and Josh Osborne to name a few – who else have you written with?

The single I wrote with my buddies Chris DeStefano and Travis Hill.

Tell us about your Opry debut? How was the experience and where were you when you found out you were playing? What song did you play?

It was unbelievable. I’ve always dreamt about taking that stage so living it was absolutely insane. I actually brought my dad on stage for my final song and we sang “Bless The Broken Road”, which he wrote.

What has it been like being on the road with Hunter Hayes? 

It was an absolute blast. Hunter is a monster musician and a really humble guy. Can’t wait to get back out on the road with him.

Have you always been making music or have you had another job you can share with us?

I’ve been writing professionally for about four and a half years. I took a few summer kids throughout college as a construction worker, but that’s about it.

Who are you listening to music wise at the moment?

The new Jack Garratt record. Speaking of U.K.

What is the best gig you have ever been to?

Played at: The Ryman Auditorium. And been too: was both performing and then attending Stage Coach.

How many Tattoos do you have and will you get any more?

I’ve always loved art and always loved tattoos. I definitely plan on getting more if I continued to be inspired.

You recently went on a cruise to Alaska – I bet that was amazing? What animals did you see?

It was the second to last state in the USA I have left to visit. It was unreal and straight wilderness. The coolest animal I saw was a Killer Whale.

Tell us a bit about the book your mum has just released and the work she does, it sounds very interesting and I wished to know a little more.

She started an organization here in Nashville, TN. that helps women with a history of drug abuse and prostitution get off the streets and restart their lives. These women make bath and body care products and it’s so inspiring to see the smiles on these people’s faces. Her new book is called “Love Heals”. Check it out.
What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love to fish, hike, eat and hang out here in Nashville. Did I say eat?? Oh yeah and workout.

What does country music mean to you?

Country music means a safe place to tell a story and it means a fan base of people who love truth in music.

Thank you so much for chatting to me and I look forward to seeing you in October 

Purchase Don’t Waste the Night – Single by Levi Hummon here

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