Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield: The Sibling Rivalry Tour – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – December 7th, 2012

Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield: The Sibling Rivalry Tour

Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield: The Sibling Rivalry Tour

T. Hardy Morris

Fri, December 7, 2012

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC

$15.00

Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield: The Sibling Rivalry Tour
Jessica Lea Mayfield & David Mayfield: The Sibling Rivalry Tour
Siblings and best friends Jessica Lea Mayfield and David Mayfield will tour together this winter, playing 13 shows in the eastern United States.

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.

By the time he was a teenager, David had won several national awards for his guitar and mandolin playing. He showed Jessica how to play a few guitar chords, and then she began writing her own songs at age 11. The two played open mic nights together, usually playing for tips. Then David got his first big break when he successfully auditioned for country artist Andy Griggs, which led to David's first appearance on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage.

When David was 21 and Jessica was 15, they recorded Jessica's first EP White Lies in David's bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). After an introduction, Jessica and Auerbach hit the studio, laying the foundation for her debut album With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, on which David played bass.

Over the next two years, David continued to play bass with Jessica, as she toured incessantly in support of With Blasphemy, playing major festivals like Bonnaroo, and opening for bands like The Avett Brothers, with whom they forged a strong friendship.

During this time, David also toured as a vocalist, songwriter, and lead guitarist for the folk rock band Cadillac Sky, but it was while on the road with Jessica that the Avetts encouraged David to make a record of his own, and so he did. David released his solo debut The David Mayfield Parade in 2011, which features songs co-written with Jessica, and vocals from Scott and Seth Avett.

Also in 2011, Nonesuch Records signed Jessica and released her second album Tell Me, also produced by Dan Auerbach. The album received rave reviews from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Pitchfork, among others, and led to Jessica's network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. Later that year, the Americana Music Association nominated Jessica as "Best New Artist."

Now, with new albums on the horizon from both David and Jessica, the two siblings hit the road together again.
T. Hardy Morris
T. Hardy Morris
I was actually inspired by my honeymoon. My new bride and I had very little money to spend on a post-wedding trip and I had coincidentally been asked by some friends in the band Bad Books to do a short tour in the Northeast, starting with a few days in NYC. I had never really played solo before, and certainly not in front of sold out crowds, but I had a handful of back-pocket songs and I knew that this was probably our only way to have a honeymoon, so that is what we did. The shows went well, yet I quickly realized that writing songs that can carry weight on their own, without a band in mind, takes a totally different approach. As soon as I got home, I wrote and demoed about 20 songs with that feel and idea in mind. Although I planned on having more instrumentation involved in the eventual recording of the songs, I wrote the initial songs as ones that could be played alone and still stand out.

My friend Ben Allen and I had talked about working together in some capacity for several years, but nothing had ever quite come to fruition. I saw him in Athens one weekend and told him about my 4-track recordings and he asked to hear them. I sent him the songs and we started coming up with ideas to develop them further. We wanted to add other instruments, but in a very limited way. We restricted ourselves to specific instrument (pedal steel, bass, drums) so as not to lose touch with the song itself. We completed recording in 3 days. What developed were recordings that breathed a bit of life into simple songs without taking anything away.

I’m excited to see the collection of songs released this fall, and thank my friends Thayer Sarrano, Matt Pistol Stoessel, Payton Bradford, and Ben Allen for helping to see this recording project to life.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/