"I think that adds an air of validity to what we're doing," he said.
Mayfield said it was one thing to go to a record company and say, "Hey, I play a lot of shows, have a lot of fans, but I'm not selling a lot of records because I don't have distribution and promotion, but I can if you'll give me a shot."
Everybody says that, but it's hard to back it up.
The Kickstarter campaign would seem like pretty good evidence.
"So, right now, it's less about selling myself and just finding the right fit," he said.
And he's got a lot more people interested this time around.
The record, Mayfield said, is a lot like the indie Americana he's been playing for the past few years.
"I'd describe it as what would happen if The Black Keys played bluegrass," he said. "I don't think it's completely different for me, but I would consider it a departure."
The music is a little more rocking, he thought, a little closer to indie rock, but still very heavy with the fiddle, acoustic guitar and standup bass.
Mayfield said his friend Seth Avett, of the Avett Brothers, told him it sounded more like Mayfield than anything he'd done so far.
"That was kind of a good compliment," he said. "And I really think this is me trying to find out what my sound really is and embrace that."
Still, he doesn't think he's too far from that sound. He doesn't want to drift too much beyond what he does.
Mayfield said lately he's been listening to a lot of "local" bands, typically acts that open for him in the clubs, who hand him a copy of their self-produced CD.
"I'm kind of obsessed with listening to them," he said. "I feel like there's a real hunger, a real drive and passion that you don't find on the fifth album by some big name band. There's just something about those early albums. It's not about the paycheck because there is no paycheck."
Mayfield hopes his music never becomes just about the paycheck.
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