& the breakdown
americana meets 70's rock.
CMT featured artist Gwen Levey and The Breakdown are a 70’s throwback outfit with roots in Country, Americana and Rock&Roll. Their first single, “Love The Thorns,” is an ode to unconditional love and their soon to be released EP, titled ‘Gypsy Soul,' showcases their fondness for the freedom and psychedelia of a bygone era. "Love The Thorns" gained over 80,000 streams in its first month alone. The single also made its way onto official Spotify playlists "Next From Nashville," "New In Nashville," "The Road to Americana," and "Fresh Finds: Country." American Songwriter Magazine praises that "Love The Thorns" showcases Gwen's "attention-grabbing vocal performance and impressive dynamic range." They go on to write, "In an age where genre can be difficult to define, it is songs like 'Love the Thorns' that remind the listener what the heart of country music sounds like." Gwen Levey and The Breakdown have continuously been featured on WMOT Roots Radio, the official sponsor of AMERICANAFEST, on their "Local Brew Hour."
When singer/songwriter Gwen Levey was selected for a songwriting retreat with champion music publisher Judy Stakee (Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry) in August 2017, Stakee told Gwen that she is "an excellent Nashville songwriter" after hearing her song "Final Vow." At 22, Gwen took Stakee's teachings back with her to Nashville, where she continues to grow and develop as a songwriter and artist.
Gwen is heavily influenced by the music her parent's played growing up in Northern Virginia: Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Doors, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, and Norah Jones (to name just a few). Gwen's aim is to bring back the sound of her favorite 70's rock artists and to mix them with the sound of contemporary Americana.
She is currently signed to Go Long Entertainment, LLC in partnership with ADA, a division of Warner Music, in Nashville, TN. Gwen Levey & The Breakdown's first single "Love The Thorns" off ot their first EP GYPSY SOUL will be released on June 5, 2020.
The Breakdown is a 70's rock inspired/Americana band led by singer Gwen Levey, lead player Mike Scott, bass player "Aunt" Tammy Scarbrough, songwriter & rhythm guitar player Jonathan Plevyak, and drummer Ben Reiff. The name for The Breakdown derived from late singer Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's hit song "Breakdown."