Levi Driskell will make you feel
The incredibly talented Levi Driskell is playing at Guardian this Saturday, April 6, and you should see him.
But, don’t take our word for it.
The singer-songwriter with a helluva voice comes with a seal of approval from none other than 92.3 WTTS, the iconic central Indiana radio station.
Last year, Levi performed in a WTTS open-mic night contest. And he won. As a result, he got to record a five-song session in the station’s legendary Sun King Studio 92.
“I don’t stop to smell the roses,” Levi told the Brew Blog. “But that was wild.”
You know who else has recorded there recently?
Vance Joy. Michael Kiwanuka. Leon Bridges. Jason Isbel. The FRIGGIN DOOBIE BROTHERS!
To say Driskell is in good company is an understatement.
Get to know Levi
Levi was born and raised in Winchester, Indiana.
Before becoming a full-time musician, he worked as a glass maker in the Anchor glass container factory in Winchester. And he made decent money, too. Life was good. But the day he got his journeyman’s card was also the day he quit.
He had to follow his dream.
Levi has played guitar since he was 13 and wrote his first song at 15. He is inspired by a broad range of musicians and genres, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran. He considers himself a bluesman at heart.
Levi lives in Indy’s Irvington neighborhood now, a great place to be for music. But he’s also become a regular performer at Guardian.
His debut single, “Never Scared,” was released in November 2018. A full EP, also titled “Never Scared” is expected this summer.
A voice like no other
Levi has a unique voice. It’s silky smooth and coarse as gravel at the same time. It’s unique. A mix of talent, hard work and an emotional intensity from having endured hard times.
“When I first started singing, I tried to sound like other people,” he said. “The greatest day for me was when I found my own voice.”
We can try to describe his voice all day long. You just have to hear it, live and in person. If it doesn’t give you goosebumps, you might want to check your pulse.
Don’t miss a chance to see a rising star in the indie music scene this Saturday at the Guardian Taproom, 8-11 p.m.