Levi Hummon (EP)

12472472_793944070749931_8088471026339646090_nLevi Hummon’s debut release, a self-titled five-track EP showcasing the latest Big Machine recording artist, came out on the 1 April.

He has the right connections. His father Marcus Hummon is a Grammy winning songwriter who has created hit recordings for Tim McGraw (‘One Of These Days’), Rascal Flatts (‘Bless the Broken Road’) and the Dixie Chicks (‘Cowboy Take Me Away’).

Levi has himself collaborated with Shane McAnally on song writing stints and this led to him being signed to Big Machine Records

The “connections” however can only go so far. You have to prove yourself, and you don’t get to appear with Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie and Tae and David Nail  on national tours without talent.

He has created a buzz on the Nashville music scene and his lead track will be the very radio friendly pop-country track ‘Life’s For Livin’ that Hummon has been performing live for some time.

His live performances actually go back a number of years. He played with his Dad in a band called ‘The Hummons’ but originally chose a more rock-based sound. He has now moved towards country music and the five tracks here show the diversity that Levi presents as a song writer.

There is nothing ground breaking but the EP showcases a young artist who clearly has embraced the benefits that a major label can provide in terms of production values and support.

The EP saves the best for last. ‘Guts and Glory’ is a personal favourite. This is a song that was co-written with Douglas and Travis Hill and name checks American heroes. “Stripes and Stars – it’s our story, it’s who we are. We are guts and glory”. It’s a song that deserves to be heard and is a clear stand-out here.

The EP finishes on a high with ‘Window Down Days’. “Hanging round, play it loud, window down days” will get stuck in your head; it’s a catchy summer anthem. We don’t have the opportunity in the UK for many “window down days” but when we do, we might be tempted to play Levi Hummon’s EP loudly.

The EP is a decent taste of things to come. There is quite a lot of hype building around this artist. He has already been featured by Rolling Stone magazine as one of their ‘ones to watch’ and we expect that his label won’t keep us waiting too long for a full album.

He needs to be on your watch list.