Levi Hummon Enlists Runaway June for Stunning ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’ Cover [Listen]
Levi Hummon teamed up with Runaway June to create their own rendition of the Dixie Chicks' hit "Cowboy Take Me Away." The new version of the song commemorates the 20th anniversary of its release.
The cover brings a new component to the song: a male perspective. Beyond the fact that it's a favorite song, Hummon has a personal connection to "Cowboy Take Me Away": His father, Marcus Hummon, co-wrote the track with Dixie Chicks member Martie Maguire.
Hummon's new perspective added to Runaway June's epic harmonies creates a sonically stunning record that sounds like it could be a song of their very own.
"[I’m] so proud of this record,” he tells Sounds Like Nashville. "This song is a family heirloom and I’m just so thankful that Runaway June put their beautiful voices on this track. I grew up hearing my dad sing his version at writer’s rounds, then later singing it with him at rounds, and it just feels full circle to put my own spin on this song on the 20th anniversary of its initial release.”
Even though Hummon was a young child at the time, he still remembers the moment he first heard "Cowboy Take Me Away" before it was released.
"I remember the first time hearing it as a demo, the first time on the radio and going to the No. 1 party here in Nashville as a kid," he says to American Songwriter. "It’s a masterpiece of a song, and it’s just so much fun to sing."
"Cowboy Take Me Away" was originally created for Dixie Chicks member Emily Strayer's wedding to now-ex-husband Charlie Robison, and was released on the trio's second studio album, Fly. The title of the song was reportedly inspired by the Calgon bath lotion slogan that was used in commercials and advertisements.
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