David Mayfield, who is set to release his latest album, “Good Man Down,” on April 1, will perform this weekend at the Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson. Mayfield’s performances will start at 9 p.m. both nights.
Mayfield has toured nearly nonstop for the two years since the release of his debut. He has toured with his sister, Jessica Lea Mayfield, good friends The Avett Brothers, and Mumford & Sons. Mayfield has had the opportunity to gauge fan interest in his new material, but he is also excited to have had the time to develop the songs, the release states.
“Good Man Down” is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, “David Mayfield Parade” in January 2011 and Mayfield’s rabid fan base helped to fund the release through a KickStarter campaign. The album also boasts special guests such as Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers), country star Dierks Bentley, and legendary bluegrass icons Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, according to the media release.
“I feel like this record is more mature,” Mayfield said in the media release. “Now that I’ve been touring so much I have had the chance to try new songs live and see how they are accepted, and to construct an album that is more of a cohesive thought.”
For the KickStarter campaign, in exchange for contributing to the project, fans will receive items such as exclusive T-shirts and posters from Crackerfarm, have a caricature drawn on the album artwork alongside Mayfield, a private house concert or the top rung on the ladder — Mayfield producing an album for that person. Mayfield wanted this to be a project in which his fans can truly feel they are a part.
The release of “Good Man Down” will cap what has been a wild two-plus years, with Mayfield having had the opportunity to open for Willie Nelson, Los Lobos and the Avett Brothers, and to perform at Bonnaroo and with Mumford & Sons. He even took part in something he’s wanted to do for a long time — crowd surfing, which he did recently in New Jersey.
“It might not sound that cool,” he said in the release. “But remember, I’m a big guy.”
Mayfield has a sincerity that is reflected in his performances. There is no posturing, no facade — nothing but songs and the instruments to play them. His ability to connect with audiences helped him be selected by Southwest Spirit Magazine as one of its 40 Artists to Watch in 2011.
While making his debut album, Mayfield drew inspiration from his musical heroes Buddy Holly, Harry Nilsson, and Randy Newman and the albums he grew up listening to, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Melanie’s “Gather Me,” according to the release.
If you go
WHAT: David Mayfield Parade performing.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
WHERE: Chereokee Casino, Fort Gibson.