Folk Rock (Kent, Ohio)
A performer for the majority of her 22 years on Earth, Jessic Lea Mayfield started writing her own songs at 11, eventually catching the ear of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who helped in the recording of her two full-length albums, 2008’s With Blasphemy So Heartfelt and this year’s Tell Me. Mayfield’s crafty Folk Rock is driven by her simple, yearning voice and moody tales of love gained and lost. Tell Me’s “Our Hearts Are Wrong” offers a typical lament: “The only time I miss you/Is every single day.” Prepare to be simultaneously charmed and bummed out.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Lucinda Williams, Laura Marling. (Jason Gargano, CityBeat)
~ "A disarming collision of stark country balladry, dynamic alternative rock and arty electronic pop. Mayfield's vocal delivery often recalls the bold, plaintive drawl of Lucinda Williams, but her taste for oblique lyricism and unusual musical textures owes more to the anything-goes alternative country of Neko Case and Wilco." (Rolling Stone)