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Jessica Lea Mayfield

Young bluegrass singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield is a relatively new face in the alt-folk scene yet already well known for her minimalist, dark style.

Hailing from Kent, Ohio, Mayfield has already built an impressive fan base and press resume--she has been lauded in numerous reviews and was named 'Vocalist of the Year' by the Cleveland Times. Mayfield began her blossoming music career at the tender young age of eight - performing with her family's bluegrass band, One Way Rider. By the time she was eighteen, Mayfield was singing backup vocals and collaborating with The Black Keys.

On her newest release, "Tell Me," Mayfield continues to produce incredibly subtle and restrained music, full of atmospheric remorse and honest songwriting. Sounding like a modernized Fleetwood Mac, Mayfield is refreshingly honest and introspective – traits not always common in today’s music world. Supporting her misty-eyed wordplay is also some really beautiful instrumentation. Guitars strum soothingly, pedal steel rings throughout, and soft electronics even rear up once in a while. The centerpiece to "Tell Me" is still Mayfield’s gorgeous voice--this young woman’s remarkable vocal ability is penetrating and mesmerizing at the same time, and her songwriting is just as impressive.

Mayfield currently has a slew of shows lined up through the summer. She'll be bringing her plaintive, powerful performances to audiences throughout North America, with stops in Salt Lake City, Dallas, Memphis, and Schwenksville, PA for the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Hear Jessica perform live, including four songs from her new album, "Tell Me," expertly produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.


Set List:
SOMETIMES AT NIGHT                 
BLUE SKIES AGAIN                          
Recent Release: Tell Me
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Label: Nonesuch Records
Band Origin: Kent, Ohio