Jessica Lea Mayfield

10 Quick Q's with Ryan Davis of Animal House

By Kevin Stairiker of Fly After 5


10 Quick Q's 

with Ryan Davis of Animal House

Photography by Dalton Bauder

Since 2013, Animal House Productions has been responsible for some of the best underground shows in the city. Artists such as Jessica Lea Mayfield, Girlpool and Big Thief were all guided to Lancaster by Ryan Davis, figurehead and main booker for Animal House. Their next show is this Sunday, Nov. 11, featuring This Will Destroy You and Bells, so we sent Davis 10 questions and he happily spoke at length about all manner of Lancaster music.

Fly After 5: Outside of who you’ve already booked and have scheduled in the future, who would be an ideal artist to bring to Lancaster?

Ryan Davis: Hobo Johnson, Karen O, Angel Olsen, HIRS, SRSQ, Hunx and His Punx.

FA5: I saw recently that you at ate a pickle for the first time. Thoughts?

RD: Yes, after 23 years I finally ate a pickle. I guess my body chemistry has finally changed because it wasn't so bad, but sure, eat one if you want to ruin the taste of the rest your meal or a sweet kiss.
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Check it out we made the news!

Written by Jenelle Janci of Lancaster Online


Eight years ago, Ryan Davis booked his first concert — at age 13.
When headliner Dr. Acula took the stage at a fire hall in Strasburg, an altercation broke out between two audience members.
This wasn’t the pushing and shoving that those who venture into mosh pits expect to encounter at a show. A full-on fistfight ensued, and Davis started to panic. The band stopped playing...
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Catching Up with Jessica Lea Mayfield

By Shawn Christ of Fly After 5


Jessica Lea Mayfield

Photograph by Ebru Yildiz

Jessica Lea Mayfield is losing track of days. It's understandable though, the Ohio singer-songwriter is traveling from Charlotte, N.C., to Nashville, Tenn., during a small solo jaunt when she checks in with Fly, apologizing briefly for not remembering that she had an interview to do. She's also in the middle of buying a new house with her husband and bassist, Jesse Newport, and unfortunately missed the inspection. However, Mayfield sounds completely at home on the six-hour road trip.

After all, she's been doing this music thing for a long time.

"It's a lot easier when you don't have a ton of shows," she says about her solo run, which brings her to Tellus360 in Lancaster this month. "I've also been wanting to drive around the country by myself a little bit," she says. "It's a little lonely, but kind of nice."

Shawn Christ: How old were you when you got into the industry?

Jessica Lea Mayfield: Well, when I started [playing music] with my parents, I was eight. I started writing and playing shows by myself when I was 11. I was 15 when I really started hitting it hard.

SC: So by age 15, you already had all of this experience.

JLM: It's the only thing I've ever done. I didn't go to school. I've never been to a high school. The only thing I do have experience in is being a touring musician. Which kind of makes me feel like an alien or something.
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