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Hello Music Lovers! It's time to make a new album. Since I have a bunch of new songs and no other skills.
Hello Music Lovers! It's time to make a new album. Since I have a bunch of new songs and no other skills.
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Hello music lovers!  

David Mayfield here, trying to fund a new full length studio album. It's been five years since fans, friends, family, and confused late night cybernet surfers funded my sophomore album with a successful Kickstarter campaign.  

I have a brand-new batch of songs that I would love to present to you! Currently I have a budget of about four US dollars, two wooden nickels, a half used Kohls gift card, & a real nice watch. You’d think I should be able to make an album with that. However, with inflation, it’s just not enough these days.

This is where y'all come in. That is if you like me, you want to support independent music, and more importantly, if you want to be a part of this project with me. Together, we can make something special.

You might be wandering, "Why does this handsome young Santa need all this Mucho Robert De Niro anyway?" I will break it down for you: I need cheddar for recording, clams for artwork, sawbucks for musicians, moolah for promotion, pesos for distribution, dough for tour support, loot for lavish drug habits. And let's not forget some Tubman’s for Kickstarter and Amazon fees.   

It is unclear now what the future holds for me. After unsuccessful stints in amateur taxidermy, Avett Brothers erotic fan fiction, ghost hunting, & Bluegrass Scientology, It is clear that I have absolutely no skills whatsoever aside from my lackluster musical abilities and obvious sex symbol status. Discouraged by the fact that I has no money, got no skills, and I ain't gettin' no younger, I have become a recluse. Emerging from the shadows only when Jupiter aligns with Mars to kiss a few babies and sing a couple songs from "Frozen" at local karaoke bars before slivering away into an open drain pipe.

If the full amount of my goal is not reached within 24 days, then all of your pledges are refunded, and I keep nothing. So really, what do you have to lose? As a token of my appreciation I have prepared some enticing rewards for your generosity.

This album will be recorded at Compass Records on Music Row in the former home of Glaser Brothers Productions (a.k.a. “Hillbilly Central”) where the likes of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman and Tompall Glaser gave rise to country music’s “Outlaw” movement.  Its also the studio where John Hartford's classic “Areoplane” album was recorded!!

Hillbilly Central
Hillbilly Central

It will be produced by multiple Grammy winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown! Not only is Alison a fantastic artist in her own right, she has also produced some of my favorite albums of the last decade.

Alison Brown
Alison Brown

 

Never heard of me before? let me tell you a little about myself:

I was home-schooled, and grew up in a family band. For years we lived in Bill Monroe's 1956 tour bus "The Bluegrass Breakdown"

The Bluegrass Breakdown
The Bluegrass Breakdown

 

L to R Mamma, Me, Daddy, and Sissy in front.
L to R Mamma, Me, Daddy, and Sissy in front.

 

In my early twenties I moved to Nashville, TN and became a sideman. 

The Grand Ole Opry with Andy Griggs
The Grand Ole Opry with Andy Griggs

 

 I got the opportunity to write, record, & perform with my baby sister, Jessica Lea Mayfield

On the Late Show with David Letterman
On the Late Show with David Letterman

 

Then I joined the progressive bluegrass band Cadillac Sky. 

Cadillac Sky
Cadillac Sky

 Together we wrote and recorded an album produced by Dan Auerbach of "The Black Keys"

In the studio with Dan Auerbach
In the studio with Dan Auerbach

 We toured the country with Mumford & Sons

With Marcus Mumford
With Marcus Mumford

 

 I got to play a bunch of shows with The Avett Brothers!

Playing drums with The Avett Bros. at Bonnaroo
Playing drums with The Avett Bros. at Bonnaroo

 

 In 2010 I started my own band "The David Mayfield Parade" I started touring extensively immediately and was pleasant;y surprised by the warm response of my debut album.

 

 

 In 2012 I peed my pants for a Kickstarter video. That campaign was wildly successful and I more than doubled my goal!

 

 I made my way into Phish Fashion:

Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio of Phish sporting the David Mayfield T-shirts they purchased at a show in Charlotte North Carolina 2011
Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio of Phish sporting the David Mayfield T-shirts they purchased at a show in Charlotte North Carolina 2011

 I even won the attention of some Naked ladies:

With Barenaked Ladies at The Ryman
With Barenaked Ladies at The Ryman

 

 

Risks and challenges

Without your help I will be forced to record this album on my Wishland Kids Karaoke Machine, dub cassette copies myself, shrink wrap them with a hairdryer, and sell them out of a thrift store suitcase at seedy internet café open mic nights. There is no possible way I can make this album on my own. I need you!

I'm not asking for a handout, look at the list of cool rewards I've cooked up for you guys on the right side of this page. I know that your money is hard earned, so I intend to offer you something special in return.

Thank you from my heart,

-David Mayfield

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    Postcard from me!

    An autographed custom printed postcard complete with a with a personalized thank you.

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    Album Pack!

    Physical copy of the new David Mayfield album on compact diskette (CD) You get it first, before it's released!
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    Back Catalog!

    You will receive a USB drive containing:
    The David Mayfield Parade self titled album
    The David Mayfield Parade Good Man Down album
    My unreleased 2008 album!
    My 2005 bluegrass album
    ALL of my family bands albums
    Acoustic demo's for the new album
    Recording of a live solo acoustic show.
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    Cartoon Madness!

    The artwork for this album will contain a vintage comic book style strip. crafted by award winning cartoonists. Backers at this level will have their caricature drawn into the album artwork along with me! Your name will also be listed in the liner notes as an Executive Producer. This + all of the above.

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    Song for life!

    Tell me a story, any story, and I will immortalize it in an original song for you. Then, I'll record it and send it to you. This + all of the above.

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    House Concert!

    I will play a solo unplugged concert for you, anywhere in the continental United States on a mutually agreed upon date. This + rewards 1-6

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    House Parade!

    I will load up the old miracle machine with a whole parade of musicians and travel to you anywhere in the continental United States on a mutually agreed upon date, and play a full blown concert for you and your closest friends. In your home, your yard, your yacht, whatever! We will then eat, drink, & engage in social niceties with you. I may even do amature magic tricks for your pets. Perfect for Anniversaries, Bah Mitzvahs, annulments, & tractor pulls. This + rewards 1-6

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    Producer!

    Grammy nominated producer moi (that's me) will produce your (that's you) album.
    You and your talent (this includes your own band if you have one; musicians provided for solo artists at no additional charge) will spend one week with yours truly in the studio making musical magic, after which you will receive a fully mixed and mastered album.
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