Jessica Lea Mayfield, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St. Boulder, etown.org; Friday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., Larimer Lounge, larimerlounge.com.
t the age of 28, Jessica Lea Mayfield has already logged 20 years as a professional performer. The Kent, Ohio, native was an 8-year-old Foo Fighters fan when she and her brother David took to the road with their parents in the family band One Way Rider, traveling in Bill Monroe’s old tour bus. “For a good three years I lived on a bus, which is what probably gives me that weird disposition with people,” she told a Kent State newspaper in a 2008 interview, by which time she’d self-released a debut EP under the soon-discarded stage name Chittlin. Seven months after that interview, she released her proper debut album, under her own name, with her brother on bass and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at the production helm. Since then, Mayfield’s profile has risen dramatically, thanks to three more solo records and an album of Elliott Smith covers with Seth Avett. And while she’s earned much acclaim for her electric guitar prowess, her most recent album, Sorry Is Gone
, was written primarily on an acoustic baritone guitar, as it details her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse. But while much of the album finds her returning to more country-rock and pop terrain, Mayfield can still be counted on to crank up the decibels at a moment’s notice.