Growing up in a small town in the Poconos, singer-songwriter Mysti Mayhem knew her big dreams needed to find a big stage.
She moved to Florida, where she fell under the unlikely tutelage of the legendary Bo Diddley, whom she credits with bringing out the funk in her guitar and the soul in her voice. After a record deal and a European tour, Mayhem found herself depressed and with just enough money left for one more move. She put on a blindfold, threw a dart at a map and moved to where it hit: Durham. In North Carolina, she formed a trio with cellist Elana Scheiner and cajon player Brian Short. The three just released an eponymous new album and are at work on another.
Host Frank Stasio talks with the Mysti Mayhem Trio about their sound and its genesis. The Mysti Mayhem Trio performs on Oct. 20 at at 8 p.m. at the Niche Wine Lounge in Holly Springs; Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Michael’s Getaway in Louisburg; Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw, and at many other venues around the state in the months ahead.