Wednesday, December 30, 2009

hiatus my ass!

Well friends, we have been on a winter hiatus from gigging, but that doesn't men we haven't been busy. We have been working the airwaves with our latest release, and here's what has been happening.

The Mayflies' new album, A Thousand Small Things, has entered theEuro Americana Chart at #15, has entered the Freeform American Roots chart at #19, has reached #10 on the Roots Music Report Roots Country chart, and is holding at #1 on the Roots Music Report Iowa chart!

We are also getting our material prepared for the next record. Can't wait to get into the studio again.

Keep an eye open for shows in the spring.

The Mayflies

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mayflies new record enters the Roots Music Report at #25 worldwide!

Yes, we are very excited to announce that our new release, A Thousand Small Things, debuted at #25 worldwide on the Roots Music Report. (the number one independent music chart ezine in the world) Our sincere gratitude goes out to the DJs who have taken interest in our music.

Additionally, we are #1 on the same chart for Iowa based musicians. Needless to say, we are blushingly grateful.

Call your local public radio station and ask for us by name!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Review of "A Thousand Small Things"

May 21, 2009

CD reviews

The Mayflies

"A Thousand Small Things"

Mud Dauber

Iowa City's rambunctious pan-Americana purveyors The Mayflies have undergone a slew of band name and personnel changes in their decade-or-so existence.

That said, their current moniker matches their original one (after two alternates), founding members Stacy Webster (lead vocals, guitars) and James Robinson (drums, vocals) have remained constant, co-founder Patrick Bloom continues to feed the group terrific original material from the wings, and rock-steady Dave Lumberg (bass, vocals) has done much to anchor The Mayflies' rhythm section and emotional core.

On "A Thousand Small Things," co-producer/engineer Luke Tweedy (Will Whitmore) captures the band with an early-Seventies vintage treatment that perfectly suits The 'Flies' loose-limbed amalgam of folk-tinged country-rock.

There's a strong whiff of The Dead (circa "Workingman's..." and "American Beauty") throughout -- particularly on Bloom's "All These Desperate Angels" and Lumberg's "Mississippi Soul" -- and outgoing Jon Eric's idiosyncratic banjo adds a trace of The Dillards' electro-'grass hybrid.

But it is Webster's singing -- evoking James McMurtry's dusky, slightly-flatted intimacy or a young Pete Seeger, as well as the romantic, precise-diction stylings of Michael Nesmith in his groundbreaking, high-concept First National Band recordings -- that shapes/defines The Mayflies' sound.

Webster's notched-up guitar playing also is a revelation, and yet, ultimately, it is a group triumph from pillar to post.

-- Jim Musser

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Video footage from our Colorado tour!

Here is some footage from The Summit in Durango Colorado. Bruce Hayes is the mandolin/lap steel player. Ripping it up!!! Our pal, Mysto the Magi provided the camera work. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Colorado tour!

Hey folks,

We will be embarking on our Colorado stint on April 17th, and we can't wait to see our friends out there, and the gorgeousness that is Colorado. Stacy Webster (our singer) lived there for most of the 1990s and that is where he met Patrick Bloom, songwriter extrordinaire, and therefore Colorado is the genesis point of The Mayflies!

Tour dates are as follows;

Denver- April 17th Dulcinea's 100th Monkey
Nederland- April 18th The Pioneer Inn
Boulder- April 19th Mountain Sun Brewery
Salida- April 23rd Bongo's Salida Cafe
Durango- April 24th and 25th Summit Durango

We have two very special guests sitting in with us for these dates, Marty Humphreys (Denver, Boulder and Nederland) and Bruce Hayes (Salida and Durango). Both will be playing mandolin and are sure to wow you with thier skills!

In other news, our new album, "A Thousand Small Things" is currently in pressing, and we will have it available in Colorado.

See you on the road!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Live from Studio One!

The Mayflies are pleased to announce that we will be playing on Karen Impola's Live from Studio One, on Monday March 23rd at 7pm. It is broadcast on KUNI 90.9 FM. We will be discussing the new album, and playing lots of songs from it, as well as songs from our back catalog.

Tune in, turn on and drop out!!!