New country trio Levon has the goods to go the distance in country music with their smooth, three-part harmonies and sweet sense of melody. But first, they’re going to make you blush with the sexiest country video of 2017.
Levon lead singer Michael David Hall stars in the video for “Ms. Marianne,” a song about an older woman seducing a younger man she meets while he is waiting tables at a restaurant where she is dining. It’s based on something that really happened to Michael when he was working at a Nashville-area restaurant called Wild Ginger.
Michael tells Rare Country, “I worked there for three years, and that place is just the cougar den of Nashville, Tennessee. There are more attractive women going into that restaurant … they outnumber the men, like, seven to three.”
One afternoon, Michael waited on a sexy older woman, and the two of them were the only ones in the place.
“It was a one-on-one situation where her and I really got a lot of time to talk and flirt,” Michael explains. “We had some mutual friends in town. That kind of helped accelerate things. To my surprise, at the end of her meal, she asked me out on a date the next day.”
Michael agreed to the date, so they went out the next night. He admits the situation was a bit intimidating, but they’d talked about their age difference before going out.
Says Michael, “I am a fairly confident guy, and I’m not one to shoot pick-up lines. It was new territory for me.”
Michael then told his songwriting buddies about the experience, and “Ms. Marianne” was written soon after. The May-December romance didn’t last, but the song is putting Michael’s band Levon on the map.
He says, “We finished the song within a week of the date. It’s cool to write a song with a little bit of humor.”
For the video, Michael and the band returned to that same restaurant, Wild Ginger, to shoot the video with an actress standing in for the real-life “Ms. Marianne.” Michael basically plays himself in the video, which borrows quite a few scenes from the most famous cougar story of them all, the 1967 film “The Graduate.”
We had to ask Michael if it was weird filming those bedroom scenes for the video? He tells us, “There was no awkwardness. It was just totally fun. When you’ve got the vision and you’re paying homage to ‘The Graduate,’ it took all the awkwardness out of it.”
“Ms. Marianne” is the lead single from Levon’s self-titled debut EP, available now everywhere.