Monday, July 25, 2011

Jessica Lea Mayfield: Your Left Hand In My Back Pocket

Jessica Lea Mayfield started her music career young... real young.  At the age of eight she was touring with her family's bluegrass band, One Day Rider.  She began playing guitar at the age of 11, under the tutelage of her brother David Mayfield (of David Mayfield Parade).  At 15, Mayfield recorded her first EP, White Lies, printing just 100 copies.  One of those few copies found its way to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.  Impressed, Auerbach sought out Mayfield and the two began working together.  In 2008 Jessica Lea Mayfield released her debut LP, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt which was produced my Auerbach.  The result was widely praised by music outlets, receiving consistently high ratings.  In February of this year, Jessica Lea Mayfield released her follow-up album, Tell Me.

Mayfield's music is pretty unique.  The influence of her early experience with bluegrass and country can be heard in her voice.  However, her lyrics tend to be dark.  She sites Foo Fighters as one of her influences, and recently contributed to a Nirvana tribute album.

Here's Jessica Lea Mayfield performing "For Today" live in studio and KEXP in Seattle.

More about Jessica Lea Mayfield can be found at her website.

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