"What's your favorite color?" Jessica Lea Mayfield asked the crowd, who responded with a chorus of polychrome. "If you put all those together," Mayfield smirked, "it looks like shit."
Sharing stories that seem too mature for 24-year-old to possess, Jessica Lea Mayfield has been recording dark, eloquent alt-country since her late teens, and played in her family's bluegrass band for years before that.
I consider myself an album guy, but this year it just didn't work out that way. Actually, it didn't work out that way last year either. My god, does the MP3 generation have its hooks in me, too?
At times seductive and at times witty, Jessica Lea Mayfield's deep drawl never obscures the dark ache and heartbreak of her lyrics.