Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield's Tractor gig will mark the first time the precocious Ohioan will be able to legally imbibe in a Seattle venue in which she plays. Hopefully the booze will liven up her haunting-yet-monotonous trip-folk, as her sophomore release, while nowhere near bad (“Sometimes at Night” is as strong a track as she's ever recorded), doesn't come close to measuring up to her enthralling debut. In fairness, she set the bar pretty high for herself, and whatever Tell Me's shortcomings, they haven't stopped peers (Band of Horses, Ray LaMontagne, Justin Townes Earle) and press (NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN) from bending over backwards to praise the effort, probably because they didn't give her superior debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, its proper due. It also doesn't hurt when you've got a Black Key (Dan Auerbach) in your production corner. With Nathaniel Rateliff. MIKE SEELY

Tue., May 3, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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