Acoustic music in a hugely entertaining show
If you've seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, or Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo (or at The Ark)—or as MC at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival—you've caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and you're likely ready for more. With eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes, the singer-songwriter-bandleader takes chances musically and delves into adventurous production while still tapping into bluegrass roots. David's live shows are lively and sometimes comical. He grew up playing bass and touring with his family's bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker, collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. Conscious of being not just a musician, but an entertainer—something his father instilled in him in the family band—he certainly makes an impression live. But it's the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality, that keep audiences coming back again and again. The David Mayfield Parade's current lineup gets back to bluegrass roots with fiddler Christine King, banjoist Steven Moore, and bassist Andrew Bonnis.