Bonnaroo Preview: Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield will still be a teenager for most of the summer of 2009, but her fan base and career have already grown to maturity. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter has entranced alt-folk fans around the world with her expressive songs, poetically powerful lyrics, and haunting voice, and there’s a growing, tangible fervor surrounding the young Ohioan.

Jessica Lea MayfieldShe’ll greet the Bonnaroo crowd at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon from Cafe Where, a tent located at the back of the main concert field where “tweener” sets provide diversion during the lengthy main stage breaks. Since she’s the first act of the day on either stage, she’ll essentially open for Erykah Badu, who plays the first main stage set of the day.

With a world-weary voice that belies her years on Earth, Mayfield has found adoration from music fans and admiration from her fellow artists. Check out the company she keeps: The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach produced and performed on her debut album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which was named Best Album of 2008 by Blurt Magazine. Blurt also crowned her Best New Artist of 2008.

She appeared on The Black Keys’ Attack and Release album (making her the first guest vocalist to appear on one of the band’s albums) and toured with the band in 2008. She’s also toured with and opened shows for The Avett Brothers, Ray LaMontagne, Cake, Annuals, and An Horse.

Having already appeared at South By Southwest, Mayfield will be making even more high-profile appearances after her Bonnaroo debut, including Washington’s No Depression Festival and Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Festival.

Some links to discover Jessica by:

Jessica Lea Mayfield MySpace
JLM CDs, T-Shirts, and Vinyl
Listen to Jessica on Mountain Stage

Jessica Lea Mayfield – “For Today”


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