Chittlin's White Lies is the latest in a string of solid efforts from Northeast Ohio teens. The 16-year-old Kent singer-songwriter recorded her sophomore LP in her bedroom; her brother, bluegrass phenom David Mayfield, captured her sad, mature voice. Local light heavyweights join the family affair: Roots-blues standout Patrick Sweany duets on "Rockin' Chair Money," and Matthew Robinson contributes a sighing cello to "I Miss You."
As bewildered as any emo kid, Chittlin' the writer is more articulate than most aspiring singers twice her age; she has more to say, and instead of overly earnest emotional reactions, she deals in details: "I was walking/With your left hand in my back pocket/And I stared at the sky while you kissed me," she sings in "For Today," her voice melting over a lap steel guitar. It's not hard to imagine her eclipsing even the best of her mentors.