Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Jessica Lea Mayfield has been nominated for New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 10th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards; the awards ceremony will take place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in October. Mayfield launches a week-long European tour in Gent, Belgium, on Friday, followed by shows in Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, and Amsterdam. Her US summer tour opens with a set at Bonnaroo and includes a series of shows with The Avett Brothers.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Jessica Lea Mayfield's "Our Hearts Are Wrong," the opening track off her album Tell Me, has been named American Songwriter's Lyric of the Week. Relix, in its review of Tell Me, says Mayfield "twists her country roots into contemporary alternative rock that even folds in bits of hip-hop, psychedelic-soul and electro-pop without ever stretching too far for comfort ... always keeping the focus on Mayfield’s hypnotic, timeless and vulnerable vocals." KDHX in St. Louis calls her recent performance there "stunning ... with a mix of hauntingly gorgeous vocals and feedback-laden guitar wizardry."
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Jessica Lea Mayfield Announces New Summer Tour Dates, Including Additional Shows with The Avett Brothers
Jessica Lea Mayfield, who heads to Europe on tour next week, has added a number of new dates to her US spring and summer tour. Her first set upon returning to the States is at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 10, which will be followed by shows through the tail-end of summer, including six shows supporting The Avett Brothers and a set at the Belleayre Music Festival with label mates Punch Brothers. Esquire includes Mayfield's "Blue Skies Again," off her new album, Tell Me, on its list of "30 Summer Songs Every Man Should Listen To."
Friday, April 29, 2011
Jessica Lea Mayfield will perform songs from her new album, Tell Me, on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in LA this morning, in advance of her show at the Troubador tonight. "Jessica Lea Mayfield knocked our socks off at KCRW's SXSW showcase last month," says the station, "and we're excited to feature a live performance with this talented new artist." Mayfield was recently interviewed by Playboy magazine for its annual "Rock the Rabbit" feature and designed a t-shirt for the occasion.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tell Me, the highly anticipated sophomore release from Jessica Lea Mayfield, is out now on Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the record, Mayfield will continue to tour the US and Europe throughout 2011, including an appearance at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival as well as a newly announced series of special shows with The Avett Brothers.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Belleayre Music Festival to Feature Performances from k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Punch Brothers, Jessica Lea Mayfield
The Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount, New York, has announced its 2011 concert season, and a number of Nonesuch artists set to take the stage there this season: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Punch Brothers, and Jessica Lea Mayfield. The festival, situated high atop the Catskills mountains, kicks off on July 3 with a performance from lang and her band. Punch Brothers take the stage on August 27, with Mayfield opening.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Jessica Lea Mayfield has kicked off a headlining tour US tour featuring music from her new album, Tell Me. The tour makes its way up the East Coast this week. Time Out, in recommending Friday's show in New York, describes Tell Me as "a fab showcase for her voice, which somehow seems both lived-in and fresh, youthful and cynical." Mayfield has been named Vogue's Artist of the Week. While Tell Me "is loaded with perfectly forlorn country melodies and melancholy lines," says Vogue, "there is also a hint of mid-nineties alt-rock underpinning all the wistful contemplation, as well as the influence of more modern singer-songwriters, like the late Elliott Smith."
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Jessica Lea Mayfield left quite an impression at the 2011 SXSW Music Conference last week in performances that SPIN says "proved she has what it takes to be your favorite new artist." Now you can take home some of the SXSW magic with the new digital album iTunes Live: SXSW, recorded at Mayfield's SXSW showcase at St. David's Historic Sanctuary, including several songs from Nonesuch debut album, Tell Me.
Monday, March 21, 2011
The 2011 SXSW Music Conference, which brought more than 2,000 bands to Austin, Texas, is now a thing of the past, but its stand-out performances will continue to resonate for some time to come. Among the performers to make such lasting musical memories happen were Emmylou Harris, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Wanda Jackson. Here, in video, photos, and reviews, we look back at some of the highlights from their time at SXSW.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Emmylou Harris, Jessica Lea Mayfield SXSW Sets to Stream Live; Mayfield Song Named NPR Song of the Day
SXSW is in full swing today in Austin, with countless showcases, performances, parties, events, and radio broadcast on tap. Emmylou Harris and Jessica Lea Mayfield are among today's SXSW performers who can be heard around the world when their sets stream live online: Harris via NY public radio station WFUV, Mayfield on the Waterloo Records site. "Our Hearts Are Wrong," off Mayfield's album Tell Me, has been named NPR Song of the Day.