Jessica Lea Mayfield’s 2008 debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt is one of those rare albums that is able to successfully stretch so much out of so little. A generally sparse affair, Blasphemy is largely built around Mayfield’s sweetly sincere drawl and simple acoustic guitar work. The album is uncluttered by flash and excessive flair, leaving the 19-year-old Ohio native Mayfield free to wryly deliberate upon past romantic encounters.
An EP preceded the album, but she first came to a wider awareness when she was featured on the Black Keys last album, Attack & Release. Mayfield’s beautiful harmonies helped to fill out album closer, “Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be.” On Blasphemy, Mayfield was reunited with the Black Keys yet again as vocalist Dan Auerbach helmed production on her debut.
A few weeks back, Mayfield and her band visited the District on tour with the Futurebirds. The band played through many of the songs on Blasphemy with a few songs from her upcoming follow-up peppered throughout. No word on when we can expect to see the next album released, but Jessica assures us it’s finished and that it’s only a matter of time.
In the meanwhile, Blasphemy will be continue to get many more spins here at AON headquarters. The above clip features Jessica and the band playing a few of our favorite tracks in her excellent set.