The David Mayfield Parade

The David Mayfield Parade

If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it's likely you’ll come back for more. The David Mayfield Parade’s April 1 release “Good Man Down” begs for that same repeated enjoyment.

With eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes, the 12-track album feels like a game changer for a singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer who stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 solo debut “The Parade.” He likens “Good Man Down” to “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Like “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” his first album was lighthearted and fun with nods to the past. His second is darker, creepier, more bizarre and outrageous.

He made “The Parade” without knowing if anyone would hear it, but the stakes for a follow-up were raised when his Kickstarter campaign more than doubled his initial goal of $18,000.

With a successful crowd funding campaign raising expectations, Mayfield felt it was time to take chances musically and delve into more adventurous production while tapping into his bluegrass roots. While anchored in descriptive songwriting with beautiful instrumentation including strings and horns, “Good Man Down” throws its listeners numerous musical curveballs. As producer he didn’t rein in his weirder musical tendencies. Just like his lively sometimes comical live shows, “Good Man Down” illustrates a lot of character without seeming contrived.

“Good Man Down” features notable guests Seth Avett, Mayfield’s bluegrass hero Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and country star Dierks Bentley who duets with Mayfield on Marty Stuart’s “Tempted.” Bentley remembered Mayfield from seeing his family’s bluegrass band play long before the former was a country star. That’s the thing. Mayfield isn’t easy to forget.

Black Horse Motel

Since its inception in 2008, Philadelphia-based Americana band Black Horse Motel has managed to conjure up a sound that speaks clearly to its versatility. Drawing on traditional Eastern and Western folk roots, classical training, and an affinity for unifying harmonies, this kindred troupe finds their voice through earthy songs, stories that recount poignantly the details of their inspiration. The foundation, the pages upon which these stories find life, is laid by a mélange of instruments (cello, banjo, guitar, viola/violin, percussion, mandolin, melodica) that render this quintet’s sound dexterous, accessible and mercurial.

In 2011, Black Horse Motel began to see the fruits of their doggedness come to bear, highlighted by a second place finish in the Music-a-live! Philly band competition hosted by the Legendary Dobb’s. Performing at many of Philadelphia’s top venues (North Star Bar, Dobb’s, World Cafe Live, The Fire), BHM started to demand the attention of casual fan and industry professional alike.

Looking to build on the momentum of the past year, Black Horse Motel has endured the turbulence of an impactful lineup change, managing to recreate sound and set-list. 2012 promises to be a defining year for the band as it looks to explore uncharted territory, already performing shows in Delaware, Connecticut and New York earlier this year.

With an EP recorded in early April, BHM will get back into the studio at the end of the summer to record its long awaited debut full-length LP.

black horse motel is:
David Richardson – banjo, mandolin, keys, guitar, vocals
Josh Cradic – guitar, vocals
Megan Manning – drums, percussion, melodica, vocals
Desiree Haney – cello, keys, melodica, bells, vocals
Johnell Lawrence – viola, violin

The Gallerist

Last August, Boston transplant Mike Collins and songwriting vehicle The Gallerist released their debut EP, A Falling Waltz, to the unsuspecting world. Mastered by Jeff Lipton (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Josh Ritter), engineered by Andy Farrell and John Ferrara at Designed Like Dice,
and mixed by John Ferrara, A Falling Waltz is a polished piece that hangs on to the warm fuzz and raw grit of its DIY origins.

Described as singers of “folk micro‐anthems” by Boston Band Crush, The Gallerist tell tales of hope despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Pulling from a varied musical experience and executed with adept instrumentation, A Falling Waltz moves effortlessly between genres, from straightforward folk to haunting blues to foot‐stomping rock. Opener “Songbirds” hits like the first rays of sunlight through venetian blinds, while “A Parent Apology” screams “One more!” at last call. “Yesterday’s News Today” carries a warm lamp’s gentle flame to brush aside the darkness, and tracks like “Self‐Taught Man” and “Washed Away” tell stories of self‐doubt and righteous indignation. A Falling Waltz captures the ability of a young songwriter to embrace the whimsical and the weighty with equal fervor. Born from empathy and tempered with reality, Collins and The Gallerist are honest in their appraisal of the mountain, and ultimately joyful in their decision to keep climbing.

Recorded in the dead of New Jersey winter, A Falling Waltz is more March melt than December deep freeze, more dawn than dusk, more shelter, less storm. With songs that “have a timeless feel, like picking up where you left off with an old friend,” Collins and the Gallerist invite you to hang up your coat and warm yourself while they put on another pot of coffee.

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The David Mayfield Parade with Black Horse Motel, The Gallerist

Saturday, November 2 · 8:30 PM at MilkBoy Philly