It’s not every day that you see a musician on national television (David Letterman show) whose bio credits the Euro Gyro in downtown Kent for providing her first big break, playing for tips and free pizza every Monday — but that’s Jessica Lea Mayfield’s story and she’s used that experience to become a rising singer songwriter in the world of country/rock music.
I’ve seen a local band play in the Euro Gyro and it’s reminiscent of the old road houses, just without the chicken wire to catch airborne bottles that find their way towards the stage. The gig I saw had an audience member jump on stage grab the microphone and tell the shocked rockers that their music was lame. Half the audience responded by leaving the show while the other half turned up the energy in the mosh pit and booed the interloper off the stage so the band could resume.
Tough crowd. So I can completely see why Jessica’s wikipedia site says that the Euro Gyro is known for its rough and unforgiving crowd and that experience toughened her up. In places like that I’m sure you figure out who you are pretty quickly or you’ll get eaten alive so it’s no wonder Jessica has been on a roll ever since.
Here’s Jessica’s appearance on David Letterman — I love to hear Dave Letterman say “From Kent Ohio” — Jesicca Lea Mayfield making her television debut…
A little bit about Jessica off the Internet:
Jessica Lea Mayfield (b. August 27, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter, from Kent, Ohio. She is known for writing dark, sad songs, with a plaintive minimalist style that draws on both country and rock music.
New shows with The Avett Brothers
Jessica has announced new shows with The Avett Brothers in July. Check out the tour page to view a full listing of dates and to purchase tickets.
Vogue picks Jessica as “Artist of the Week”
Vogue magazine recently named Jessica their “Artist of the Week”, calling her “raw and authentic”.
KEXP stream of Jessica’s SXSW performance
Head over to KEXP to stream Jessica’s SXSW performance at Mellow Johnny’s.
“Our Hearts Are Wrong” is NPR’s “Song Of The Day”
NPR chose Jessica’s “Our Hearts Are Wrong” as their “Song Of The Day” today, saying “The strength of 21-year-old Ohio native Jessica Lea Mayfield’s voice isn’t in its power; it lies in the haunting cool she conveys as she sings with emotional depth and reflective self-awareness.”
iTunes “SXSW: Featured Artists” playlist
Download the free “SXSW: Featured Artists” playlist on iTunes featuring “Our Hearts Are Wrong”.
BBC reviews Tell Me
BBC recently reviewed Tell Me calling it “A treasure of tremendous emotional resonance and focus from the rising country singer.”
New U.S. and European tour dates announced
Jessica has announced additional dates for her U.S. tour, as well as European dates. For a full listing of shows visit the website tour page.
Spin’s 35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSW
Spin has featured Jessica as one of their “35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSW“, saying “Only 21, this precocious badass singer-songwriter — discovered (and produced) by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach — delivers bluesy folk peppered with blush-worthy tales of lust.”
Jessica performing on the Late Show
This Friday (Feb 25th) Jessica will be performing on The Late Show with David Letterman. The show airs at 11:35pm Eastern/ 10:35pm Central.
Spin Magazine calls Jessica “Next Big Thing” in 2011
Spin recently featured Jessica as one of the “Next Big Things” in 2011. The article goes on to conclude that “In truth, she’s kind of a badass.”