Moses Mayfield's Matthew Mayfield Announces Solo Debut

(PR) Matthew Mayfield has announced the release of his debut full-length solo album, Now You're Free, on April 5, 2011 on Sweet Exchange Records. A tour of the south, including residencies in Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte, has been confirmed to begin on March 25th in Opelika, Alabama.

Matthew Mayfield thought his musical career was off to a tremendous start after signing with Epic Records in 2005. After releasing one album on a major label with his band Moses Mayfield in the early part of 2007, he quickly realized things weren't going to be as easy as he'd hoped.

"We spent lots of their money making a big record, opening big tours, and believing big promises. The wheels eventually fell off, and we realized this isn't about overnight success. You have to work your ass off just to get by. You have to keep paying your dues and keep paying your dues and keep paying your dues," Mayfield says.

In 2008, Matthew Mayfield broke out on his own, recording and releasing no less than 7 EP's in just under 3 years. He recorded the albums at home, and toured when he could in his car, but the music was pouring out of him and the EP's kept his fans interested -- and coming back for more. His latest EP, 2010's Matthew Mayfield & The Blue Cut Robbery went to #1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. Grey's Anatomy even came calling on occasion, using 2 tracks from his collection of EP's in episodes in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

In May of 2010, Mayfield had 30 songs he still hadn't recorded. To make his new album, Now You're Free, Matthew raised $14,000 via Pledge Music by selling handwritten lyrics, living room demos, studio artifacts, drumheads, guitar heads, etc. to his fans.

March 25 Opelika, AL 8th and Rail
March 26 Tuscaloosa, AL Druid City Arts Festival @ Univ of Alabama
March 27 Birmingham, AL Workplay
March 29 New Orleans, LA Wolf's Den @ Howlin' Wolf
March 30 Seaside, FL Seaside Amphitheater
April 5 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
April 6 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
April 7 Charlotte, NC The Double Door
April 9 Knoxville, TN Preservation Pub (supporting The Black Cadillacs)
April 12 Atlanta, GA Eddie's Attic
April 13 Columbia, SC White Mule
April 14 Charlotte, NC The Double Door
April 19 Atlanta, GA Eddie's Attic
April 20 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
April 21 Charlotte, NC The Double Door
April 23 Oxford, MS The Blind Pig
April 26 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
April 27 Athens, GA Caledonia

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