If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it's likely you’ll come back for more.
This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 album "The David Mayfield Parade" his follow-up "Good Man Down" was self released and funded with a surprising succesful Kickstarter campaign that more than doubled its initial goal of $18,000. On the heels of that sucsess, Mayfield has partnered with Compass Records. A label that Playboy Magaizne calls "Nashville's hippest alternative label"
STRANGERS, Mayfield’s first album with Compass, is a tour de force, stretching from the avant-garde to Mayfield’s musical roots, which are buried deep in the bluegrass tradition from a childhood of touring with his family’s band. Tracks range from the Celtic-inspired opener “Caution,” which features Mayfield’s deft ability in orchestrating complex instrumentation, to “The Man I’m Trying to Be,” a sharply honest song that is as dark and it is tender. Mayfield is truly a wordsmith, forging the mundane into the evocative in each track, most notably with “Ohio (It’s Fake),” whose innovative lyrics are propelled from acoustic beginnings into a pure pop finish, Mayfield’s trembling tenor rising above the grooving band. With the release of Strangers, David Mayfield is clearly going places, fueled by a deadly combination of infectious energy and songwriting chops that only come around once in a blue moon.
“…a dynamic combination of music and comedy worthy of a traveling vaudeville act”
- Boston Globe
The David Mayfield Parade builds on his solid roots as a bluegrass musician, combining that background with folk, rock and his trademark humor and showmanship, both of which are on full display in this Mountain Stage performance.
I saw him almost blind (not literally) but had always particularly loved the opening track ‘Blue Skies Again’ to his 2010 self-titled debut which we reviewed here at AUK. The whole album, and its follow up too, is superb and like 95% of the music I love most makes me weep uncontrollably.
- Americana UK
Mayfield incorporates flamenco guitar, programming, and some tremendous fingerpicking on the aptly named “Superfluous Instrumental Reprise.” This is a gorgeously arranged work, full of passion, energy and humor. It is a rare thing; fully-realized and mature, but also fun and great to listen to.
- Atlanta Music Guide
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