JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD with AMONG THE OAK AND ASH at the Pike Room

WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2009
doors at 7PM
tickets: $10 in advance (buy tickets)

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You may remember JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD from the Black Keys' Attack & Release, where she harmonized with Dan Auerbach on "Things Ain't Like They Used to Be". The singer/songwriter has been working with Auerbach for two years on her debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, a collection of bootgazer country tunes about young love and deep scars. She kicks off that album's opener, "Kiss Me Again", with a flooring admission: "You got me where you want, but I ain't all there." Ironically, she inhabits the song fully, singing in a self-possessed voice colored by a Rust Belt drawl and a quiver of painful hesitation. As Auerbach's guitar plays a mournful sort of two-step, she lets loose a chorus of ah-ah-ah-ahhh's that sound like the start of a sentence she can't speak. So she switches from first person to second: "You can touch me again if you wanna, I don't care." It's not a request, just permission, but even so, she makes it sound like there are real stakes here.

Mayfield maybe withdrawn from whoever is kissing her, but she allows no distance between her and her listener. She wants us close. "More and more people are discovering heartfelt music, with real people singing about real experiences," says Jessica Lea Mayfield. Jessica Lea Mayfield's sound is a little country, a little indie-rock and a whole lot of undefinable.

With special guests AMONG THE OAK AND ASH

 

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