Levi Weaver’s music doesn’t fit in a box; you’ll be hard pressed to find a genre that is all-inclusive enough to describe him. If it’s true one’s experiences shape who they are, spending a childhood traveling from rodeo to rodeo with his professional rodeo cowboy father (who was also the resident missionary), two brothers, and his mom — well, that has shaped Levi into an interesting character, indeed. He speaks of his adolescent years with extreme fondness, and has adopted the "open road" as a second home, having grown up in Texas. It’s no wonder he’s at ease with the extensive traveling he does while touring; wanderlust is in his blood. Mr. Weaver, currently based out of Nashville, TN is a seasoned road warrior, often covering upwards of 50,000 miles in a year. Match those car miles with air miles and fit in roughly 200 shows in that time span, this is a man with a true passion for his craft and a desire to reach as many ears and hearts as possible. He plays as a one-man band intriguing audiences with his loop pedals, his dual mics, and a violin bow which he occasionally takes to his guitar strings.
Lyrical integrity is Weaver’s most captivating quality as a songwriter. It’s no secret that his songs are the musical manifestation of whatever journey he finds himself on, metaphysical or otherwise. He’s a master story-teller, and yet his music doesn’t fit the story-teller’s mold. His song structure focuses heavily on poetic interpretation, and many fans have left his live performances vehemently declaring they finally have the words to explain their unique situations. Levi’s gut-wrenching honesty, his open admittance of submerging himself in life without having the answers, his struggles with depression and faith, are all elements that unite his broad-reaching fan base. Other factors that play a part in filling in the lines of this seemingly dichotomous soul are: two years spent living in England in his twenties; winning a contest that landed him on tour with Imogen Heap in the early stages of his career; and an existential crisis which led to his quitting music. This early retirement was fleeting, but serendipitous. It resurrected his vision, passion and drive, while instilling a fresh humility that would prove invaluable in his new approach to his career.
Outside of music he references family, sincerity, heartache and wanderlust as being the influences that move him forward. Levi grew up listening to old country, still citing Willie Nelson as a favorite, and his varied influences range from Josh Ritter, to Radiohead, to Brand New, to Arcade Fire. The list is much longer, but the commonality in all of these artists is their uncanny ability to stir emotion.
Since 2006, Levi Weaver has released two full length albums, two EP’s, and two live albums. He’s toured with Imogen Heap and Kate Havnevik. He’s also garnered quite a bit of documentary film attention. Spirit First, a short film which focuses on Weaver’s ever evolving journey, won “Best Documentary” at the New England Underground Film Festival 2012. Currently in production is Addvocate Film’s String Theory: A Levi Weaver Documentary. This full length documentary is slated for a 2013 release. He’s also been featured in both, Map the Music and the upcoming Map the Music: 2. Levi is currently at home in Nashville working on the follow-up to 2011’s The Letters of Dr. Kurt Gödel; the new album is anticipated to drop in 2013.