Jessica Lea Mayfield is heading to Codfish Hollow this Friday for an alt-country blowout

Jessica Lea Mayfield
Jessica Lea Mayfield performs at WFUV studios in New York City. — photo courtesy of Pat Doherty

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Codfish Hollow Barn — Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

Love live music? What about barns? What about live music in a barn? If you like all of the above, you might have your Friday night plans set, as Daytrotter’s Barnstormer series continues with a stacked line-up of alt-country and folk artists including Jessica Lea Mayfield, Crash (styled as crash), Ark Life, as well as Hotbreath Tea and the Invisible Branches.

Jessica Lea Mayfield is a neo-country singer from Ohio, and as an Ohio-based musician, she is essentially obligated to have a connection with Akron, Ohio’s most famous band, The Black Keys. Indeed, Mayfield holds the distinction of being the first guest vocalist on a Black Keys release, when, at the age of 17, she appeared on “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be” from Attack and Release. Her first two records were also produced by Dan Auerbach.

Noted for her deadpan and minimalist approach to songwriting, Mayfield’s best songs sound like still-life portraits: contemplative songs about love and doubt, full of repetition, as if Mayfield is trying to see every conceivable side of her subjects. Her lilting, emotional gut-punch of a voice is frosting on the cake.

And though Mayfield may be the headliner, Crash’s set is probably going to be the part of the show you’ll be bragging to your friends about seeing a few months from now. The new project of Christopher Richard (a former member of the now-defunct The Deadly Syndrome and a vocalist and percussionist for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Crash specializes in soulful, southern-folk that’s seriously indebted to Richard’s hometown of New Orleans. With an impressive croon and some sweet, saccharine lyrics, his album Hardly Criminal, is one of the best debuts of the year.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at Codfish Hollow Barn in Maquoketa. Music fans of all ages are welcome, with $12.50 tickets sold in advance and $15 the day of the show.

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