People often ask me, “How did you get into this old music?” I tell them I had no choice: my dad was playing Muddy Waters on the guitar to me when I was in my mom’s belly. My love for blues piano hit me when I saw the movie “Ray,” at the age of five. I soon was introduced to more Chicago Blues and New Orleans R&B. I loved listening, but I knew that I wanted to do more than listen. I wanted to play.
I started playing piano when I was eight years old, and have been taking lessons with my mentor, legendary Cincinnati-based and world-renowned boogie/blues player Ricky Nye ever since. In addition to Ricky, my biggest influences are Pinetop Perkins, Big Joe Duskin, and Professor Longhair. I’ve also learned a lot from listening to the greats such as Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, and of course, Ray Charles.
I recorded my first album with Ricky on drums, Chris Douglas on bass, and my Dad, Aron Levin on guitar. It reflects all of my influences over the years, and my originals never stray far from my roots.