David Mayfield Parade
April 9, 2013
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
$7 adv, $9 dos, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show, 18+
He’s one of the most energetic, enigmatic, entertaining and beloved performers in Americana circles, and now David Mayfield is set to release Good Man Down on April 1, after originally being scheduled for October 2012. Good Man Down is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, David Mayfield Parade (January 2011) and Mayfield’s rabid fan base helped to fund the release through a wildly successful KickStarter campaign. The album also boasts special guests such as Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers), country star Dierks Bentley, and legendary bluegrass icons Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Mayfield, who has toured pretty much nonstop for the two years since the release of his debut, including stints with his sister, Jessica Lea Mayfield, good friends The Avett Brothers, and Mumford & Sons, has had the opportunity to gauge fan interest in his new material, but he is also excited to have had the time to develop the songs.
“I feel like this record is more mature,” said Mayfield. “Now that I’ve been touring so much I have had the chance to try new songs live and see how they are accepted, and to construct an album that is more of a cohesive thought.”
The album was recorded at two Nashville institutions—RCA Studio B, which has produced 35,000 songs (including 200 by Elvis Presley) and over a thousand American hits and 40 platinum singles; and The Quonset Hut, where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn have all recorded some of their biggest hits. “What an honor to work on my songs in a place with such a rich musical history,” said Mayfield.
For the KickStarter campaign, in exchange for contributing to the project, fans will be receiving items such as exclusive t-shirts and posters from Crackerfarm; having a caricature drawn on the album artwork alongside Mayfield; a private house concert; or the top rung on the ladder—Mayfield producing an album for that person. Mayfield wanted this to be a project in which his fans can truly feel like they are a part of.
“I feel like I owe it to the folks out there that support me by coming to shows and buying merch to make the best album I can, not just for myself but for all of us,” he said. “Because it really doesn’t belong to me anymore. There is a community forming and I feel indebted to them, in a good way. It’s really gratifying and terrifying at the same time!”
The release of Good Man Down will cap off what has been a wild two-plus years, with Mayfield having had the opportunity to open for Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, The Avett Brothers, and to perform at Bonnaroo and with Mumford & Sons. He even took part in something he’s wanted to do for a long time—crowd surfing, which he did recently in New Jersey. “It might not sound that cool,” he said. “But remember, I’m a big guy.”