"Mayes combines solid musical skills and shrewd dramatic judgment with an
effervescent, “down home” approach that, I expect, harks back to her
childhood in the east Texas town of Livingston. She describes the place as
“a hell-hole not to be believed”, but it seems to have added a dimension to
her stage presence that performers raised in larger towns closer to the 20th
century don't always possess. The result, in any case, is irresistible."
--Chuck, Stage Left (2007)