Jessica Lea Mayfield will tour in the US this November and December in support of her highly acclaimed Nonesuch Records debut album, Tell Me, playing with her brother David Mayfield on their Sibling Rivalry Tour. See below for all of the scheduled tour dates; for additional details, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Growing up in Kent, Ohio, the Mayfields were surrounded by bluegrass and folk music. Both David and Jessica first performed with their family band One Way Rider, traveling across the country in a 1956 tour bus once belonging to Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells, and Ernest Tubb. David began performing at age 12, while Jessica joined a few years later at age 8. Most of their time growing up was spent singing and absorbing the stories and lessons taught by veteran musicians.
Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and featuring David Mayfield, Tell Me was described by Rolling Stone, which named Jessica Lea Mayfield an Artist to Watch, as “a disarming collision of stark country balladry, dynamic alternative rock and arty electronic pop,” while the Associated Press said, “Tell Me is the portrait of a precocious girl growing into self-assured womanhood and a producer reaching the peak of his powers. It is a dark and moody album, full of delights throughout, and if it doesn’t make Mayfield a star, that too will be heartbreaking.” Moreover, Spin included her in its feature “The Next Big Things: 11 Artists You Must Hear in 2011,” calling her a “smart-ass country-rock ingénue.”
Of Jessica Lea Mayfield’s performance at Bonnaroo last summer, the Nashville Scene said, “[S]he endured the elements and played swirling, post-traumatic indie-folk gems like the melodically intoxicating single ‘Our Hearts Are Wrong’ like a pro, while guitarist and Ghostfinger guy Richie Kirkpatrick and the rest of her band backed her like the pros they are.” She also made her network television debut last year, on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing the album’s first single, “Our Hearts Are Wrong,” which NPR.org praises as “genuinely moving.”
Mayfield first came to the label’s attention when she sang backing vocals on The Black Keys’ 2008 Nonesuch album, Attack & Release. Her performance on the track “Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be” made the then 17-year-old the first guest vocalist to appear on any record released by the acclaimed duo. In addition to producing, Auerbach also engineered the 11-track album and provided backing vocals as well as acoustic guitar, Moog, and drum loops.
To pick up a copy of Tell Me, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.
JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD & DAVID MAYFIELD: THE SIBLING RIVALRY TOUR
||Smith Club Series at Ventosa Vineyards
||The Slipper Room
||New York, NY
||The Gallery at The Abbey Bar
||The Southern Café and Music Hall
||The Evening Muse
||The Grey Eagle
||3rd and Lindsley