David and Valerie Mayfield Dynamic Bluegrass Duo and


also known as The Bluegrass Sweethearts!


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  If you are into the Americana/roots music scene, you probably know David and Valerie Mayfield’s kids. Son David Ray Mayfield leads The David Mayfield Parade. Daughter Jessica Lea Mayfield has 4 acclaimed albums under the belt at age 23. If you’re a little deeper into their music, you probably know that both of the Kent-based siblings began their professional music careers playing with their parents in a touring bluegrass band called One Way Rider they also toured and lived in a old touring bus once belonging to “Bill Monroe”  a 1956 flex, known as (The Bluegrass Breakdown) The parents now perform as a duet, proudly billing themselves as “The Parents of David Ray Mayfield of The David Mayfield Parade & Jessica Lea Mayfield.” Those who like their kids’ music should be curious to hear their parents and see where all that talent came from.



  David  and Valerie Mayfield first met some 35 years ago at a Bluegrass Festival in Mantua, Ohio...

Valerie did not realize that David was a musician that first night that she met him, she saw him standing across a bonfire at the festival..and she thought "hey, he is kinda cute", and then she noticed that he was looking right at her too.... they immediately started walking right towards each other , then they introduced each other and while doing so took each other by the hand and remained holding hands for most of the evening... while walking back to Valerie's brother's campsite "her brother "Larry Sergeant" was standing there playing his banjo in a heated jam session after performing on stage earlier that day, suddenly he stopped playing when he saw his sister " Valerie" holding hands with "David Lee Mayfield" and he started yelling ! Yes! yes! that is the man you should marry, he is the best guitar picker and singer I have ever heard!! Valerie turned towards David and said to him"your a musician"?  David turned  to Valerie and said "your a musician"?   It was fate, that is a true story, and they got married and began playing music together... later on they put together a full 7 piece band, and had a lot of gigs playing for different venues and clubs.. they landed 3 house gigs... and ended up performing 6 nights a week with Weds. off... they had 3 children..... David Ray Mayfield, Amanda Lynn Mayfield and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Later on as the kids got older they changed format and  went with the family bluegrass band, and first was 12 year old David Ray Mayfield started on bass., then later on 8 year old Jessica Lea Mayfield joined the band... then the last to join the band was their oldest daughter Amanda Lynn, who played the 5 string banjo..They Toured in Bill Monroe's old tour bus that was a 1956flex...which he had nicknamed (THE BLUEGRASS BREAKDOWN) The family sold everything they owned except the clothes and their instruments and moved to Nashville, Tn... There they worked 3 shows a day 5 days a week... Little Jessica even sold her hand made jewelry on the side of the stage... The family band played The Nashville Palace, Tootsies, Ernest Tubbs Record Shop, Gibson Guitar Cafe, and played many festivals on the road, Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, and many many more... The kids began their own solo careers back in 2007 and even have been on David Letterman... Jessica is now with ATO Records and David is with Compass Records... make sure and check them out at  www.facebook.com/jessicaleamayfield   and also www.facebook.com/thedavidmayfieldparade    and don't forget to like us on facebook.. 



Bluegrass empty nesters David and Valerie Mayfield keep busy playing, while kids become national stars





It wasn’t too long ago the Mayfield family band One Way Rider was traversing the country, playing bluegrass and old-time music before the genres became hip thanks to bands like The Avett Brothers and the Old Crow Medicine Show who are also good friends with The Mayfield's.... 

Now empty nesters, bluegrass musicians David and Valerie Mayfield are pursuing their own musical careers, while critically-acclaimed kids, Jessica Lea and David, are becoming national acts. The younger David leads the David Mayfield Parade. Jessica Lea Mayfield is an up-and-coming solo artist.

“We’re on Facebook and Youtube constantly, just watching what they’re doing on the road,” said the elder David Mayfield, calling from his Newton Falls home. “We’re just very proud as can be of them. We have posters of them all over the house.”

Even though the Mayfield Family band is no longer touring, David and Valerie remain busy, they just completed   making an album with their son, David Mayfield who is also "a grammy nominated producer" their CD was made in their son's studio called "Tiger Spa"  located in Nashville, Tn.. The new is CD is titled  "Steal My Heart" 

As for the couple’s style, it’s steeped in old school bluegrass and classic country and newgrass,  has been compared to the likes of Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton , Tony Rice, The Dillards, Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard and many more, but most importantly is that they have their own sound, and it is fantastic!   Tight harmonies and hold on for some fast picking too!

“It’s that kind of deal,” Mayfield said. “We just do songs that we like, including a couple of funny songs that I wrote. It’s just a lot of harmony and fast picking, even though we’ll slow it down and do some beautiful  love songs.”

Among the group’s humorous tunes are “Stomp on My Heart,” “100 Years Ago” and “Seven Drunken Nights.” There are also traditional bluegrass songs such as the upbeat “Old Home in Virginia” and the mellow “Guess’ River.”

by John Benson correspondent Cleveland,com


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David and Valerie Mayfield's Background

David Lee's family moved to Ohio from the beautiful state of Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia, and Valerie Fay's parent's moved to Ohio from the Blueridge mountains of Virginia and the appalachian mountains of Kentucky.

Valerie grew up performing with her family band known as "The Sargent Family" the real  spelling of the family name is "Sergeant" and that's another story.... anyway her family band had a house gig every Saturday night down at "The Strand Theater" in Alliance, they were sponsored by the "Collin's Dairy Store" and her father even wrote a little gingle, which was sang at the beginning of every show.. Her father "Victor Sargent" could sing just like "Lester Flatt" and he was a good lookin man, and her brother played his gold Vega 5-string banjo, they all sang and her and brother "Larry Ray Sargent" could really sing some sweet harmony!   Valerie played the electric bass and sang lead and harmony vocals... she specialized in singing just about everything Loretta Lynn has out on record..

Valerie's mother "Goldie Lea Sargent" was in charge of getting their clothes ready, and they always dressed up and looked really sharp... her father and brother dressed like "Lester and Earl" which if you haven't guessed by now were their  idles... I remember not having very many outfits to were to school, but my stage clothes were goregous, gold, sparkle and glittery, and some were frilly...and I had the ever popular white go go boots!  

To later find out after Valerie grows up and marries David Lee, that he to had performed down at "The Strand Theater" so they actually crossed paths how sweet is that.....

Meet the Mayfields: Parents of famous offspring carve their own musical niche

By Steve Wildsmith | stevew@thedailytimes.com |


David and Valerie Mayfield don’t shy away from associating themselves with their more famous offspring.

The couple makes it a point, they told The Daily Times this week, to tell fans that they are indeed the parents of singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield and David Mayfield, bandleader of the David Mayfield Parade.

We want them to come see us and see where (the kids) got their talent!” David said with a laugh. “Right now, we’re on tour together as a duet, and we’re calling it ‘The Kids Aren’t Holding Us Back’ tour, because we think we’re a lot better without them!”

He kids, of course — the Mayfields would be falling down on the job if they didn’t spend some of their empty nest years giving their children a hard time. But the music he and his wife make together stands wholly on its own, anchored in the musical journey they’ve been on together for 35 years.

Back then, they were both at a bluegrass festival; their love story has touched a number of fans over the years, and they’ll no doubt tell it again from the stage at Barley’s Maryville on Saturday night, but it goes something like this:

We didn’t know each other, but we both were standing around a bonfire at this festival,” David said. “It was getting late, and I was standing on one side of the fire, and she was standing on the other, and we both sort of locked eyes. I walked over and we didn’t even introduce ourselves — we just started holding hands.”

Both were budding musicians — David on guitar and Valerie on bass with her family’s band. David started out playing with Valerie’s brother in the bluegrass band Allen Creek Coal Company, but eventually Valerie got back into music, this time on mandolin, and the two decided to start a family band called One Way Rider.

We played country music for the line dancers all over the country,” Valerie said. “We played some bluegrass — Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs — but country was extremely easy for us to cover, and it was really good country music. We were raising the kids and working five or six days a week with a seven-piece country band and roadies and the whole shebang.”

The turbulent economic times of the 1980s made it difficult to keep so many musicians and support personnel on the payroll, however, and the two discovered that when they performed solely as a duet, they were just as well received. They scaled back to a two-piece, and eventually their son became adept enough on bass to join them. Jessica followed, and the Mayfields were a four-piece band again.

It was hard at times,” Valerie said. “We had regular jobs, so we would work for a while, then we’d go back to playing music full time, then we’d go back to our jobs and playing music on the side. After the kids started doing their own thing, we just decided, let’s do it! We had started as a duet, and now we’re back to it. It’s kind of romantic in that way.”

The blend they bring to the stage is more than just harmonious. Both come from different schools of bluegrass: Valerie from a more traditional background, while David was always drawn to more contemporary bands.

When we came together, we did a combination of both, from New Grass Revival to Carter Stanley,” David said. “We’ll do some funny songs and tell funny stories, and then we’ll do some romantic songs. We just try to entertain people. For many years, I worked in a machine shop, and no matter how good of a job I did, or how good the part I made was, no one actually applauded me at the end of the day or asked for an autograph. But here on the road, you meet so many people, it just fills your heart when they applaud and appreciate what you do.”

And that’s something that makes their children proud, Valerie added.

They hear other people talk about what cool parents they have, so I think they’re proud of us,” she said. “We’ve had a hard life. We always struggled, we were never rich, and we’re still out there working at it, trying to make a living and be happy. but I think our kids are humble because of that.”




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David and Valerie Mayfield a bluegrass dynamic duo! They are the parents of

Jessica Lea Mayfield  and   David Mayfield   of  "The David Mayfield Parade" thedavidmayfieldparade

 Originaly the whole family toured and performed together and still do from time to time,  ...By popular demand of fans, friends and promoters.   Their children have performed on David Letterman, and toured  internationally and nationally...

David and Valerie Mayfield Bluegrass Sweethearts our on tour now!!!! 






The True Blue Bluegrass  Sweethearts !