Jessica Lea Mayfield’s Tell Me was Nonesuch debut. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the album follows Mayfield’s acclaimed 2008 release, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which debuted in the CMJ Top 200 and in the Top 50 on the “Indie Albums” chart. Pitchfork gave that album an 8.2, calling it “fascinating and endlessly listenable.” The New York Times has described her voice as “somewhere between Lucinda Williams’ and Hope Sandoval’s.” NPR‘s World Cafe says she has “a mature sound that seems evolved beyond her years.”
Mayfield first came to the label’s attention when she sang backing vocals on The Black Keys’ 2008 Nonesuch album, Attack & Release. Her performance on the track “Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be” made the then 17-year-old the first guest vocalist to appear on any record released by the acclaimed duo. In addition to producing, Auerbach also engineered the 11-track album and provided backing vocals as well as guitar and drum loops.