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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 3/13 – Big Dumb Hick / Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps
March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
It’s mayhaps— not mayhem, although we might cause it, and not mishaps, although they do happen.
Patty PerShayla is a former small-town pageant queen turned rock ’n’ roll powerhouse. Stomping on corner stages across her home state of Michigan, she established herself as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, winning the 2019 WYCE Jammie Award for Best Rock/Pop Album for her solo EP, Oracle Bones. In 2019, she converted to rock ’n’ roll and joined forces with guitarist Lucas Powell and drummer Alec Klinefelter to form Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps. After releasing their blues-infused, riff-driven debut album, Cheap Diction (2021), the group road-tested their live set, playing over a hundred shows across the Midwest and East Coast, then packed the van for a move to Nashville. Despite being a three-piece band, The Mayhaps have developed a larger-than-life sound with soaring guitar solos and compelling vocal moments, featuring a spectacle of a five-foot-two (-and-three-quarters) woman, hooting and strutting across the stage, gracefully wielding a bass guitar almost the size of her wingspan.
Though the internet is often a subject of scrutiny on Cheap Diction, the Mayhaps have honed their online presence, successfully crowdfunding their first music video for “Slo Mo” overnight on Kickstarter. The music video later went on to win Best Music Video at the 2022 Grand Rapids Film Festival and became an official selection for the 2022 North x North and DeadCenter film festivals. Patty has also cultivated a dedicated audience on Patreon, documenting her songwriting process and performing cover songs chosen by patrons. She is an avid annual participant in She Shreds’ One Riff a Day (#1RAD) challenge on Instagram and is best known for her ukulele covers of heavy metal songs on YouTube.
Beyond The Mayhaps, Patty also joined multi-instrumentalists The Accidentals as their fourth set of hands during their 2021 Vessel national tour with Sawyer Fredericks (winner of The Voice season eight), donning the bass, electric guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. In 2022, she joined progressive rock group and Rush cover band YYNOT as their lead singer, reaching a million views on Facebook for their cover of Rush’s “Anthem” and collaborating with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Jonathan Dinklage (Clockwork Angels String Ensemble), and others for the 2023 Bubba Bash charity event in celebration of Neil Peart’s life.
Not slowing down in 2023, Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps are stepping hard on the gas pedal and touring more cities and music festivals than years prior. The trio have plans to release an EP and record their next full-length album within the year, so stay tuned on socials and consider monthly or annual support on Patreon to get behind-the-scenes updates.
Singer-Songwriter, Storyteller, and Comedian Jeff Wall is a Bigdumbhick, (that’s one word) at least that’s what he’s been told most of his life. It’s not really true. It’s a name drenched in irony. Yes, there is no doubt that he’s big and Yeti looking, but he’s not nearly as dumb as initial impression might indicate. (like that’s possible) As to being a hick, well that’s kind of subjective.
Hailing from the Winston-Salem/Triad region of North Carolina, at 6’7”, and somewhere around 350lbs, he’s not just big, he is damned big. Corn-fed as they say. Usually found wearing Round-House bib-overalls, he is a cigar-smoking, wise-cracking, acoustic guitar-slinger, and a damned funny entertainer to boot.
He is a man of many surprises. His show is unlike anything you have ever experienced, and it is nothing like you would expect, especially from anyone who looks like he looks. There’s a lot of heart here. There’s a lot of everything here.
Is he a comedian? Is he a musician? Yes! With a background in Bluegrass and Traditional Country Music, he can lay down a groove that could break your grandma’s hip. He is a fearless, natural performer, one with a penchant for writing catchy, darkly humorous, yet easily relatable songs, especially to those who have reache dteh age where they need to be paying much closer attention to their cholesterol. One moment he will have you grooving along, howling with laughter, but then out of the blue he will hit you with something extremely personal, raw, deep, and moving, causing your jaw, and occasionally a few tears, to hit the ground.
What you see is what you get. This is who he is. There’s no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real. He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.
He has been compared to Todd Snider, John Prine, Rodney Carrington, Tim Wilson, and Rev Billy C Wirtz. If you like any of those entertainers, you will probably like Jeff Wall, the Bigdumbhick.