I have always been creative, and from a young age, I’ve tried to find different ways to express that creativity. Even though my dad’s a songwriter, it took a long time for me to truly realize that songwriting was my medium. Music is just so honest and I’m drawn to honesty. But I’ve always been passionate about music.
At home I usually cook breakfast or something for myself, but I almost always go out to dinner. I love great sushi, Mexican food, and barbecue. I’m constantly exploring Nashville.
On the road it’s tough to find great food. However, I have become the master Yelper. The band and I make a point to always find a place that the locals go to eat. For instance, we went down to Birmingham, AL and after our show I asked everyone where we should eat – They recommended this place called “Al’s”. We each ended up ordering this dish that consisted of baked potatoes topped with an insane amount of chicken, bbq sauce, sour cream, and assorted toppings. Randomly, one of the best late night meals I’ve ever had.
What is your favorite food to cook for your friends?
Last time I cooked for my friends I had just bought a wok. So I made this Thai stir fry for everyone. I’m a big fan of spicy, so it might have been too much for some people.
What does your cooking music playlist look like?
Lots of Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney, with some Ed Sheeran and Chainsmokers mixed in.
Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels.
A while back we played this show in New York City and I remember after the show, my label took us to this sushi restaurant called the Blue Ribbon. They had some of the most amazing fish and sake I have ever had. Seriously amazing.
Are you a fan of the “Nashville Hot Chicken” or where is your favorite place to eat and what do you order?
Growing up in Nashville, my friends and I would go to the original Hot Chicken place called Prince’s. The only issue was that it was far away and kind of in a sketchy part of town. Once they opened up Hattie B’s hot chicken here in Midtown I started going everyday. I quickly regretted that decision because as it turns out fried chicken, fries, and waffles aren’t great for an artist’s diet. I love it though. I order hot chicken and waffles at the hottest temp.
If you designed your own food tour of Nashville, which restaurants/bars would be on your list of places to visit?
That’s really tough. I love Urban Grub for brunch, Martins for BBQ, Brick Top’s for great steak, Bartaco for tacos and tequila, Virago or Sonobana for sushi, Pharmacy on the East Side for a burger, and Windell Smiths for a meat and three. Bar wise, I would say Neighbors for a local dive, Red Door for the local hang, Paradise Park for a Honky Tonk, and 12th South Tap Room for a delicious beer.
What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining?
My dream place would be Thailand for some pad thai .
If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Maybe Martin’s BBQ because I could eat ribs every day.
Tell us about your song “Don’t Waste The Night” that was released in April. What was the writing process like behind it?
That day I was on the way to the writing session and the song “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran was on the radio. I fell in love with his immersive melodies and RnB lyric style. I knew that day that I wanted to write something with that vibe. I ended up writing the song with Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem and quickly added it to my set. It stuck out in the crowd every night, and it just felt special.
You have been busy on the road touring with the likes of Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, and A Thousand Horses. What is some of th advice you have received from them? Any big tour plans for the rest of 2017?
Each of those artists are unique and their live shows are all so different. I really learned a lot about how to put a live show together and how to make it feel like it’s your own show. I think watching Kelsea’s love for her fans had a lasting impact on me because I try to express that same gratitude and thankfulness to my fans. We are adding a ton of new dates to the end of summer/early fall. Stay tuned.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
My mom’s a preacher, so if I didn’t say Jesus, I feel like I would get in trouble. I think we’d eat fish and bread.
ABOUT LEVI HUMMON:
Levi Hummon made his imprint on the Nashville community before he realized the extent of his craft. Born and raised in Music City, Levi was surrounded by music greats. Even though he studied painting in college, he was being drawn back to his dormant musical talents – singing and songwriting. At the close of a significant relationship, Levi began to explore songwriting as a way to navigate his life and relationships. Soon after, Levi realized his need to return home in order to turn this newfound hobby into a reality.
Learning to always bring his distinctive ideas and concepts to a writing session, Levi quickly streamlined his unique style. “You’re letting someone into your world which is really vulnerable,” he says. “I write from a reflective & personal place. Ultimately, I couldn’t see anyone else singing these songs because they reflect my life.”
Once he moved back to Nashville, Levi continued to develop his personal sound, often with the help of his father, Grammy-Award winning songwriter Marcus Hummon. He then started finding himself working with notable songwriters such as Jimmy Robbins, Shane MacAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton, Nathan Barlowe, Brandy Clark and Trevor Rosen, among many others. Levi also wrote with legendary entertainer Steven Tyler on the rocker’s past single “Red, White and You,” – which hit #1 in Italy.
Levi’s collaborations with Jimmy Robbins eventually led the singer/songwriter being produced by Robbins. “Levi has a way of grabbing your attention from the very first note,” Robbins shared. “I knew from our first session that he had a voice that was going to matter for Country music. He was born into songwriting and you can tell that when you work with him. His instincts are a great combination of commercial and artistic that make his music feel important and weighted while still feeling light and fun.”
The LEVI HUMMON EP, released by Big Machine Label Group in 2016, is a glimpse into the songwriter’s zest for life, thirst for adventure and homage to his upbringing. Levi co-wrote four of the five tracks on the EP making a personal mark on his debut project. Following the EP’s release, Levi’s single “Guts and Glory” gained national attention from iconic truck brand, Ram Trucks. The automobile powerhouse sponsored Levi’s cross-country promo tour in 2016 and positioning him as the 2017 spokesperson for the Ram Truck brand.
Levi’s been busy on the road touring with the likes of Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, David Nail, Michael Ray, and A Thousand Horses. While on the road, Levi introduced fans to his new single, “Don’t Waste The Night”. “It’s been an amazing couple of years & I’ve started to discover what the fans love. “Don’t Waste The Night” is such a fun track and I can’t wait to share all this hard work with the world,” Levi shared. “Don’t Waste The Night” is set to be released at the end of April through Iconic Records and will be available everywhere digitally.
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