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Editors’ Notes

The anguished balladry on the Alabama-born singer/songwriter’s second solo album is strong stuff, distilled from the pain of loss and the torment of lingering memories. Matthew Mayfield delivers these tunes in a burly, raw-edged voice that ranges from a full-throated cry to a near-whisper. Building his tracks around his sparse acoustic guitar work, he doesn’t shy away from confessing his weaknesses and desperation. “I have the crippling fear of seeing you again,” he sings in “Ain’t Much More to Say,” a typical sentiment among the songs found here. Whether his lyrics are simmering with anger (“I Don’t Know You at All”) or steeped in regret (“Take What I Can Get,” “Always Be You”), Mayfield delivers compelling performances that confront his demons head-on. His knack for clearly drawn imagery brings his characters into sharp focus, giving songs like “Heart in Wire” and “Safe & Sound” a visceral immediacy. Strings and pedal steel guitar add subtle accents at key moments. More than just another angst-ridden troubadour, Mayfield raises his heartache to compelling high art on A Banquet for Ghosts.

Customer Reviews

Best One Yet

MM continues to fascinate me and put other musicians to shame by continuing to produce amazing music each and every time while staying true to himself and his roots. If you like amazing lyrics combined with raw soulful vibes then this album is a must buy. Keep up the GREAT work Mayfield!!!

Matthew's Swan Song!

Practice makes perfect. That's exactly what Matthew has been doing for years, carefully honing his craft with so much honesty and artistic integrity. Everything before this album just feels like he was warming up for the main event, A Banquet for Ghosts. This album is incredible. At first listen, it seemed too good to be true. So I gave it several more listens. It gets better with every listen. This is Matthew's swan song; an honest musical masterpiece. It's all Matthew and it's all right there in this album, A Banquet for Ghosts. Here's hoping/knowing that this is only the beginning of many more great things to come! Well done my friend!

Good job Mr Mayfield

Amazing album from someone who puts out consistently amazing work.

A Banquet for Ghosts, Matthew Mayfield
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