James Levy lets go of a broken dream on the breezy new song "NYC," produced by Paul Defiglia (formerly of The Avett Brothers) and featured on his forthcoming album Somebody. The song features Mickey Raphael, a celebrated harmonica player and a longtime member of Willie Nelson's band.
"I love this track and I'm proud to be a part of it," Raphael says in a press release. "It's cool and just dark enough. To me, this record connects Nashville with NYC."
Levy says the song is about knowing when to change course on the path you're walking
"'NYC' is a song about abandoning a dream that you were too foolish to realize had already abandoned you. I wrote the song right before I left New York," Levy tells Wide Open Country. "I moved to Nashville where we recorded the album with local musicians that Paul Defiglia knew. I wanted to make something that felt real, human, organic. It's a breakup album; It's the most personal record I've made."
Watch the video for "NYC," directed by Crackerfarm, below.
Levy has worked with Julian Casablancas, Coldplay, Charles Bradley and Tim Wheeler and has written songs with Zoe Kravitz, Jordan Lane Price, Zuri Marley and The Pierces.