Who: David Mayfield Parade
Where: The BottleTree ~ Birmingham, AL
When: October 10
Bio: Compass Records Group is pleased to announce the addition of David Mayfield to the roster. Mayfield's new album, Strangers, is slated for an early September release. The new album is a bold affair that reaches into the avant-garde while still giving a nod to Mayfield's musical roots. Mayfield's goal was to record a timeless album – avoiding anything overtly modern without going retro. Mayfield says that a series of life changes inspired the songs on the project. "The underlying tone of struggle and trying to gain ground gave a sincerity to the music that makes me feel like I have finally found my voice. My friends say I sound more like myself than ever before." Mayfield will be showcasing tracks from the new album while on tour this summer with Parade bandmates Jason Edwards (drums) and Jenn Star-Symch (fiddle, synth), and also with John Warren Watson (bass, vocals).
David Mayfield may be one of the quirkiest performers on the roots/Americana scene. He came up on the bluegrass circuit, winning contests on mandolin and guitar, playing bass with his family bluegrass band and even doing a stint living in Bill Monroe's old bus, Bluegrass Breakdown. Mayfield's writing is equally inspired by Doyle Lawson, Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. He oozes personality on stage and his boundless energy and sense of humor make him a natural frontman. Since forming his own band The David Mayfield Parade in 2011, he has been touring almost non-stop including many appearances with The Avett Brothers (both with The Parade and sitting in with The Avetts), Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, The Barenaked Ladies as well as with his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield (including an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman). Mayfield is also a GRAMMY-nominated producer and mix engineer (he produced 4 albums last year and already has 3 under his belt in 2014).