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Jessica Lea Mayfield on World Cafe | July 5, 2011

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Jessica Lea Mayfield's latest album, Tell Me, is a dark affair, full of wry, yet powerfully moving tales of bitterness and heartbreak. Mayfield began performing at a young age with her family's bluegrass band, One Way Rider. The now 21-year-old singer-songwriter's music has a distinctly contemporary edge (Mayfield frequently collaborates with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced her new album), but her approach nevertheless invokes the bleak themes and melancholy balladry that are very much a part of country music tradition.

On today's World Cafe, Mayfield stops by the WXPN studios during her summer tour of the U.S. to perform four songs from Tell Me. (link)

Playlist

HOUR 1

The Grateful Dead "Jack Straw" Europe '72 Disc One
Gillian Welch "The Way It Goes" The Harrow And The Harvest
Chris Whitley "Look What Love Has Done" Living With The Law
Dan Auerbach "Heartbroken, In Disrepair" It Hid
Jessica Lea Mayfield "Sometimes At Night" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Jessica Lea Mayfield "Blue Skies Again" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Jessica Lea Mayfield "Trouble" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Jessica Lea Mayfield "Our Hearts Are Wrong" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Fountains Of Wayne "Richie & Reuben" Sky Full Of Holes
Ben Lee "Catch My Disease" Awake Is The New Sleep S
Joseph Arthur "Over The Sun" The Graduation Ceremony
Rem "Fall On Me" Life'e Rich Pagaent

HOUR 2

Cheikh Lo "Jamm" Jamm
Raphael Saadiq "Go To Hell" Stone Rollin'
Junip "Always" Fields
Caitlin Rose "Shanghai Cigarettes" Own Side Now
Marshall Crenshaw "Rockin' Around In Nyc" Marshall Crenshaw
Squeeze "In Quintessence" East Side Story
Tune-Yards "You Yes You" Whokill
Stars "Fixed" The Five Ghosts
Centro-Matic "All The Talks" Candidate Waltz
Dwight Twilley Band "I'm On Fire" Super Hits Of The 70's-V
Amos Lee "Flower" Mission Bell
Counting Crows "Daylight Fading" Recovering The Satellite
Iron & Wine "Me And Lazarus" Each Other Clean
Laura Marling "Blues Run The Game" Blues Run The Game