In His Blood: Levi Hummon finds his own country music success

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Dreaming big is synonymous with the Hummon family.

Patriarch Marcus Hummon wrote a slew of country hits, including The Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” and Rascal Flatts’ “Bless This Broken Road.” His wife, the Rev. Becca Stevens, is a CNN “Hero of the Year” recipient.

How couldn’t their singer son, Levi, be inspired? He is on tour with country singer Hunter Hayes, a jaunt that comes to Tucson’s Rialto Theater on Tuesday, May 21. For the tour, he penned the up-tempo song “Night Lights.”

“I had been looking at Hunter Hayes and how much I enjoy his up-tempo and amazing vibe,” he says. “I wanted something fun and upbeat. We envisioned buzzing neon lights at bars and how this girl is more beautiful than everything downtown and everything that’s bright.”

Hummon made his imprint on the Nashville community long before he realized the extent of his craft. Born and raised in Music City, Hummon was surrounded by music greats. A product of his environment, he was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s 5 Artists Breaking Now and Rolling Stone Country’s “One to Watch.” He recently released the EP “Patient.”

A songwriter in his own right, Hummon says he feels some songs are just his.

“I always knew I wanted to be a songwriter,” he says. “I didn’t want anyone else to sing ‘Night Lights.’ It’s my story. It’s about a girl I met and I felt she was so beautiful. It’s a personal encounter and it’s my story to tell. I’m dating the girl now.”

Aside from “Night Lights,” Hummon finds many similarities between him and his tourmate Hayes.

“We’re both upbeat,” he says. “We want to put on the best show possible. We’re going to make sure everybody is ready to dance and jam out with Hunter. He puts on a great show.”

Hummon is also a lot like his father.

“One thing about my dad is he has that unique voice through his songwriting,” he says. “He taught me to be myself and to really believe in myself as an artist. Because of him, I knew what a hit song was without really realizing it. I learned from him—and Nashville—that it’s possible to make it as a musician. It wasn’t a dream only; it was reality. I’ve seen it break people’s hearts, but it’s a real thing for me. It’s something I believe in.”

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What: Hunter Hayes w/Levi Hummon

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21

Where: Rialto Theatre,

318 E. Congress Street

Cost: $30-$34

Info: 740-1000,