Continuing my trend of writing about sibling acts, here I declare you ought to spend Sunday night with Jessica Lea Mayfield and her brother, David Mayfield, courtesy of Lightning 100. The Mayfields are a fine example of the great interconnectedness of all music happenings in and around this town of ours. In addition to having lived in Music City there are numerous local ties with these two. After performing in her family’s bluegrass band with brother, David, Jessica Lea Mayfield was “discovered” via home recordings by now Nashville resident, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. She later guested on The Black Key’s 2008 record, Attack & Release, then recorded her first “official” debut record in Auerbach’s home studio, and also made an appearance on Auerbach’s first solo record. Her newest record, Tell Me, was also produced by Auerbach for Nonesuch. Incidentally, she’s also opened for Ray LaMontagne (who played our fair city this week).
You may remember David Mayfield from the short-lived Cadillac Sky (their last record was also produced by Auerbach) and locals might recall them opening for Mumford and Sons at War Memorial in 2010. Below is the incredible super jam combo of Cadillac Sky, King Charles, Mumford and Sons, and Old Crow Medicine Show on OCMS’s “Wagon Wheel” from that show if you missed it – or to relive the magic if you were there with me!
David now has his own outfit, The David Mayfield Parade, and his first record under this moniker features appearances from his sister and yet another pair of my favorite siblings, The Avett Brothers. The Avetts met the Mayfields while David was on the road in support of his sister and the rest was old timey Americana happiness history as much collaboration ensued including some guesting during the Avett’s 2010 Bonnaroo set.
Here’s Seth Avett with David Mayfield:
And here’s Seth again, this time with Jessica Lea Mayfield:
And finally, the Mayfields together in harmony:
This pair has tons of experience on the road together, but it’s the first time they’ve teamed up with a double-bill of their own independent projects. I can’t wait for this one and if you’re not able to get down to 3rd and Lindsley, once again we can thank our local radio heroes at Lightning 100 for making the live broadcast available on the airwaves or online.
Here we go again for another run down of the shows this weekend in Nashville. Once again, we’re tag teaming, so have a look at what all of our writers are excited about this weekend.
The Queen of Rockabilly herself, Ms. Wanda Jackson, will be taking the stage at Third and Lindsley on Friday night along side No Country faves Jonny (don’t call me “Corndawg”) Fritz and Courtney Jaye. I’m sorry Ms. Jackson, but I haven’t see you since Marathon opened it’s doors. Be prepared for a night full of songs and stories of the way things used to be. You can check out a clip from from Wanda’s recent surprise show at The 5 Spot below, and you can snag your tickets right here.
Andrew’s Music Trivia Question: What artist has released sixteen studio albums, has acted in supporting roles in the films Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has a voice that sounds “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car,” according to critic Daniel Durchholz? That be would be Tom Waits. Over at the 5 Spot, the Annual Tom Waits Tribute will be raging. 12 acts will be performing 36 Tom Waits songs, starting at 8 pm. Andrew will certainly be there, as he’s been on the Waits train since his birth. Well, maybe the obsession started a little later than that…
Kink Ador, The Gills, Schools, and Hotel War are bring the grooves tonight over at Exit/In for a show of some of the best regional acts that are running through the circuit right now. Things get started over there around 9pm, and you can snag those tickets right here.
If you need the boom and the bip to move your ass to, then head over to Cannery Ballroom for Round 2 of the Hustle! party which is once again brought to you by the fine folks from Electric Western, Boom Bap, Keep On Movin’, Y2k Nashville, & Whiskey Disco. If you don’t know what all that means, it means you’ve been missing out on the best dance parties in Nashville. So, get out and move your ass. Things get started around 9pm, and they roll until you can’t dance (or probably stand) no more. Tickets are right here.
Andrew’s heading over to Mercy Lounge for Lightning 100′s Miller Made Music Showcase, which is sponsored by Miller Light, and is a free event, and features the following artists: 1)The Wild Feathers: Their debut album will be finished in 2013. You can download the songs “The Ceiling” and “Backwoods Company” at their website. 2) Sol Cat: You can check out a video from their performance at this year’s South by Southwest Festival on their website. We previously posted about their music video for their single “Fishin’ With John.”3) Luella and the Sun: Check out this live video of the song “Fly So Free.”4) Grass Root Kids: We previously mentioned that they were a surprise crowd-favorite at the Fall 2012 East Nashville Underground Festival. Check out their music here.
Another possibility for your Saturday night is Buffalo Clover, Mystery Twins, Max & the Wild Things, Justin Kalk Orchestra, and Cheer Up Charlie Daniels over at The End. Things usually get started pretty late there, but with a lineup like this, I would imagine you shouldn’t be the standard 2 hours late for a show at The End. Check out Buffalo Clover’s Low Down Time and Mystery Twins’ Love Is Strange EP below. You can grab those tickets here.
For something of a change of pace, Saturday night Philip thinks you should head to Zanies to catch Chris Hardwick perform standup. You may know him from MTV’s Singled Out, AMC’s Talking Dead, G4′s Web Soup, half of the musical comedy duo Hard ‘n Phirm, or, most recently, as the chairman of Nerdist (which produces Podcasts and web content from everyone from Bill Nye to Michael Ian Black). The one constant throughout his diverse career has always been his roots in standup- and for good reason, Hardwick is hilarious. If you dig smart, nerdy humor, he’s performing twice Friday, twice Saturday, and once Sunday so you’ve got plenty of chances to catch him. More info here.
Here’s a clip from his recent Comedy Central special Mandroid:
Our own Jessika is very likely to kick your ass if you don’t give some thought to heading out on Sunday night to check out the “Sibling Rivalry” show with none other than Jessica Lea & David Mayfield at 3rd & Lindsley. She has a love filled post coming up later this afternoon to really seal your Sunday night fate, so keep your eyes open for that. This one gets started on the earlier side (8pm) for those radio folks at Lightning 100 (you can listen to the show at home here). You can snag tickets here.
Philip’s pick is once again a big arena rap show at Bridgestone (deja vu?): Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group. Much like Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang, Maybach Music Group is a label imprint/collective founded by rapper Rick Ross which has spawned some hugely successful studio releases, compilations, and mixtapes over the past several years. Rick Ross is one of the most interesting mainstream rappers in the game, and the MC is joined by rising stars Wale and Meek Mill (whose new record Dreams & Nightmares is one of my favorite hip hop releases of the winter), along with non-Maybach rising rapper Machine Gun Kelly. Tickets and more information are available here.
Here’s a Maybach collaboration single featuring all three rappers:
Regardless of what show you decide to see this weekend, be sure to share your experiences with us @NoCountryNash on Instagram or Twitter and show your love for This Weekend in Nashville with the hashtag #TWiN, or bring it on home to the Facebook page. Get out and see some live music!
Day 3 of SoundLand began way too late for me. I had every intention of rolling in right at the start of the evening’s music calendar. Ah….. life, you have a way of screwing up some great times for me.
The evening began at the Cannery stage where Jason Isbell bored me to sleep. Thank the high heavens there was something going on upstairs at Mercy Lounge. So, I eased on up to see The Silver Seas rocking it out with a mix of original material and covers, including “Sweet Emotion”. They are a Nashville quartet that brings a lot of poppy energy into their music. It was okay. I wouldn’t not see them again. Is that a compliment?
Back down stairs to see Justin Townes Earle. It was my first time seeing the Nashville to New York transplant, and I understand why he gets the publicity that he does. It’s solid sounding old-timey music with updated lyrical content. You can here the years of struggle that he has overcome in the songs he sings. I needed more of a pick-me-up at this point though, and it wasn’t really doing it for me.
The Nashville-based rockers, The Ettes, were warming it up over at The Basement when I arrived. It’s an in your face chick rock experience, and it was the highlight of the night. Though, maybe it was the collective booziness of the late night crowd, perhaps it was the out of the way location (The Basement being the furthest away of all the SoundLand night time venues), or perhaps I was just tired….. but, they couldn’t keep me up until the end of the set. I stayed for about half of it before retiring for the night. I’d definitely be excited to see them again under more solo circumstances.
The final day of SoundLand was laid out to be a true 12-hour test of musical endurance with shows kicking off at the Neuhoff Factory Party Stage at 2pm. I missed the Royal Bangs (who I did want to see). I arrived in the middle of a sweet set by Jessica Lea Mayfield, and the night was just to head up from here.
Mayfield was followed up by one of my highlights of the entire festival, The Apache Relay. It was a show that was packed with energy. I guess this little blurb is the best way to describe their musical meldings… “…there was something about the musicality that everyone brought to the table that just worked right off the bat. Mixed in is a Bad Brains bumper sticker, a bit of Suzuki training, jazz lessons, a lot of Beatles listening, knowledge of traditional mountain music, a worship of Phil Spector and the love for the complex but accessible layers of bands like the Arcade Fire.” I was glad I finally had the opportunity to see them (I missed their Bonnaroo set). I will definitely be on the lookout for these Nashvillians playing around town when they are finished with their impressive festival run this year.
Rising songstress Tristen rolled out next (sporting a new hairdo), and she did not disappoint. Though slightly overwhelmed by the Apache Relay set that just happened. She held her own as rain sputtered off and on during her set. At this point, the crowd was committed to the afternoon, and it was a pleasure to see her again.
The Black Belles just cracked me up in a good way. I missed the show at the Basement a couple of weeks ago, and I was interested to see what the Jack White molded witches could brew up for the festival. The costumes are so odd for a festival like this. I mean, it is weird to see these witches smoking cigarettes by a porta-potty backstage, and to see them hanging out in the crowd afterwards still in costume. That being said, it was a great high energy performance by some super youngsters that have only played out a couple of times. You could tell they were still working out their stage show, but it was nonetheless very enjoyable.
Those Darlins’ took the stage next, and the collective rock n’ roll power meter continued to rise. The southern fried power pop was something to behold, and these gals definitely know what it means to entertain. I guess that is to be expected as they have been in the media radar for quite some time now. My only complaint at this point of the night is that I was ready to move. I really enjoyed running around from venue to venue trying to make my festival what it was. I enjoyed the challenge, and at this point, I was just standing in a concrete factory yard. It’s kind of like a Friday night when you’re tired but you want to go out. You’ll probably pull it off just fine if you just go out immediately…. but, if you sit down for 20 minutes before hand, you’re probably done for the night. Well, I was feeling that way…. at least, until The “Bogus Bros” took over.
JEFF The Brotherood is just so much damn fun. Their ability to fill a concretey warehouse parking lot void with that much sound using only three strings and a couple of drums is just amazing. While Jamin looked slightly hammered, he didn’t miss a beat, and it seemed to have Jake more focused than ever to absolutely kill it up there. Within seconds of playing, the stage barriers were pushed out of the way. The crowd was pressed against the stage, bodies were surfing over my head, and a general pandemonium ensued. The brothers slathered us with licks for the next hour, and highlighted it all with a regularly scheduled crowd-surfing guitar solo by Jake. I’m not sure how many more sounds those guys can get out of so little instrumentation and a few pedals, so it is hard to imagine their sound evolving too much more. But, everything we have heard so far is just bad ass, and the live show is a party….. everytime.
That was all she wrote for me. By the time I walked back downtown from Neuhoff, I was tired and tipsy. I tried to get some caffeine and keep my rock n’ roll going…. but I sat down a little too long. sigh. Until next year, SoundLand. Thanks for the fun memories.
Highlight of the last two days: Watching a doting mother of a Black Belle being a very proud mother. She was on the front row. She was taking pictures (that you know she just couldn’t wait to put on Facebook). She was buying singles at the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store. She was hugging afterwards. She was bringing her daughter a jacket from the car. She was just so proud. And, you could almost see the exasperated body language of this young Belle saying “MOOOOOOM, I’m fine. Can you please just go!” haha.
Soundland (formerly known as, Next Big Nashville) is continuing to fill out the line up for the September 21-24 festival in Nashville. We first brought the news of the initial Soundland lineup to you a few weeks ago. Well, the lineup continues to grow with the addition of Foster The People, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., Cults, The Low Anthem, Cheer Up Charley Daniels, The Apache Relay, Pujol, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, and many more.
We’ll be talking about each of these bands in the weeks leading up to the festival to get you acquainted and to help you make your decisions. So stay tuned. But, for now, you should buy your $55 all-music wristband which will get you into all of these shows. If you plan on going to more than two, then it is a deal.
There’s a 35 song playlist below with a track from most of the artists in the lineup so far. (Chancellor Warhol, Uncle Skeleton, My So Called Band, The Cadillac Black, Erick Baker, and By Lightning! aren’t in Grooveshark). Also, beware that not all of these tracks (especially the hip-hop) are exactly safe for work. Anyway, Enjoy.