If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll come back for more.
David grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman. He followed that with a stint in the successful Bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky.
This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 album “The David Mayfield Parade”, His follow-up “Good Man Down” was self released and funded with a Kickstarter campaign that more than doubled its initial goal of $18,000. On the heels of that success, Mayfield partnered with Compass Records to release
“Strangers” in 2014. The record has been called a tour de force, stretching from the avant-garde to Mayfield’s bluegrass roots. Mayfield is truly a wordsmith, forging the mundane into the evocative in each track. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer – something his father instilled in him in the family band – he makes a commanding impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistently lining up to join the parade.
“…his songs are sturdy enough to work in any format, because his tunes are that lovely and his words that understated.”
– Washington Post
“…a dynamic combination of music and comedy worthy of a traveling vaudeville act”
– The Boston Globe
“Anyone with a craving for rustic Americana—frayed edges and all—will find Mayfield and company effective practitioners.”
“A massively skilled picker and singer with a knack for stagecraft.”