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Jessica Lea Mayfield

A folk-influenced songwriter from Kent, Ohio, Jessica Lea Mayfield began performing with her family's bluegrass band, One Way Rider, at the age of eight. She started writing her own music three years later, often accompanying her older brother at open-mike performances in the Ohio area before landing a weekly solo gig at a local bar. At 15 years old, Mayfield took to her brother's bedroom to record a batch of her own acoustic songs, which ran the gamut from raw, aggressive folk tunes to world-weary country ballads. The recordings made up the track list of White Lies, her independent debut, which she released under the name Chittlin'. Only 100 copies of White Lies were printed, one of which wound up in the hands of Dan Auerbach, frontman of the Ohio-based blues outfit the Black Keys. With Auerbach's help, Mayfield began attracting a wider audience. She made a guest appearance on the Black Keys' 2008 album Attack & Release, singing backup vocals on the track "Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be," and spent a pair of years recording her official debut album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, in Auerbach's home studio. Released in September 2008 by Polymer Sounds, the album was a critical success. Mayfield supported its release by going on tour, serving as an opening act for bands like the Avett Brothers, Cake, Lucero, and the Black Keys. Mayfield's touring commitments stretched into 2009, when she opened 11 concerts for Ray Lamontagne and performed at the annual Bonnaroo Festival that summer. Continuing her association with Dan Auerbach, she also appeared on the frontman's first solo record, Keep It Hid, and enlisted his help in recording her second album. Tell Me, which doubled as her first release for Nonesuch Records, was released in early 2011. Mayfield's follow-up, Make My Head Sing, was a complete musical switch. Recorded at Nashville's Club Roar Studio with drummer/engineer Matt Martin and co-produced by husband Jesse Newport, the album was a scorching, electric rock & roll set. It was issued by ATO in April of 2014. She then returned to her more acoustic roots to record an appropriately solemn cover album of Elliott Smith songs with Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers titled Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith. The album was released in early 2015 and was accompanied by a tour on which the duo performed songs by Smith and shared influences including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, as well as their own material. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Jessica Lea Mayfield


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    Female Focus

    Female Focus
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    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
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    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
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Albums by
Jessica Lea Mayfield

Top Songs by
Jessica Lea Mayfield

  1.   Song
  2.   Our Hearts Are Wrong
  3.   Blue Skies Again
  4.   Kiss Me Again
  5.   Greater Heights
  6.   For Today
  7.   We've Never Lied
  8.   I Can't Lie to You, Love
  9.   I Wanna Love You
  10.   Bible Days
  11.   You've Won Me Over
  12.   Trouble
  13.   Somewhere in Your Heart
  14.   Run Myself into the Ground
  15.   Nervous Lonely Night
  16.   Tell Me
  17.   Grown Man
  18.   Anything You Want
  19.   Do I Have the Time
  20.   Memory Lane
  21.   Call Me
  22.   Let's Get Lost by Seth Avett
  23.   Unknown Big Secret
  24.   Between the Bars
  25.   Pitseleh
  26.   Is This Love?
  27.   Twilight
  28.   The One That I Love Best
  29.   Baby Britain
  30.   Standing In the Sun
  31.   Pure Stuff
  32.   Angeles
  33.   Roman Candle
  34.   Words Of Love
  35.   Seein* Starz
  36.   I'll Be the One You Want Someday
  37.   Sleepless
  38.   Hold You Close
  39.   Party Drugs
  40.   Sometimes at Night
  41.   No Fun
  42.   I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)
  43.   Somebody That I Used to Know
  44.   Fond Farewell
  45.   Ballad of Big Nothing
  46.   I'm Not Lonely Anymore
  47.   Angel in the Snow by Seth Avett
  48.   Oblivious
  49.   White Lies by Chittlin'
  50.   It's a Shame by Chittlin'
  51.   For Today by Chittlin'
  52.   Rockin' Chair Money by Chittlin'
  53.   All I Do Is Cry by Chittlin'
  54.   I Miss You by Chittlin'
  55.   Empty Room by Chittlin'
  56.   Fade Away by Chittlin'
  57.   Better Off by Chittlin'
  58.   But I Know by Chittlin'
  59.   Little Toy Trains

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