There's an arid, sweltering ache about Jessica Lea Mayfield's music that recalls Will Oldham's early material. Darkness creeps from the corners and desperation pools beneath her leaking heart, but she doesn't shrink from it. Her smoky croon has a rich grain she doesn't mind going against, while roots-rock warmth spreads like syrup poured atop her country underpinnings. The dire shadows dancing cross her mind possess a moody, Southern gothic cast inflamed by youthful passion. Mayfield grew up singing with her family's bluegrass band, One Way Rider,... More >>>