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I like good music. It doesn’t matter who sings it, plays it or presses a dial on a computer to make it happen. I don’t care if they are white, purple, yellow, brown, red, green or whatever color I’m leaving out of the rainbow. As long as the music is good I’m down.
Hopefully for the next couple of weeks I’m going to start a series of posts that expose the actual “highlights” of artists who get a bad rap. If you have any ideas, feel free to reach out. I would love to have input from others.
First up is John Mayer. When John Mayer broke out with “No Such Thing” in 2001(!), people put him in a similar mode as someone like Jason Mraz or Jack Johnson. Mayer is infinitely more talented. This may surprise you considering his mainstream releases, but on the road he is not someone who should be fucked with.
He has been featured on the cover of RollingStone with John Frusciante and Derek Trucks under the headline, “The New Guitar Gods,” he toured with his own “blues” group called The John Mayer Trio, he’s sat in with Buddy Guy and has been an integral part of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music Festival. I also think he would be a really awesome and interesting choice to headline a festival like Bonnaroo.
Their certainly seems to be a disconnect then for how he is perceived by intense music fans and other musical colleagues. It’s weird to think that Buddy Guy or Eric Clapton think he is one of the best guitarists out there, but is panned by mainstream music fans. I’m going to try to change some minds tonight.
Here are five songs that prove John Mayer isn’t the Antichrist.
1. John Mayer- Gravity
Gravity is the song most exemplifies the greatness of John Mayer (IMO). It’s able to weave blues foundations with a poppy hook that really crosses over genres. It’s also the song he “jams” the most on.
2. John Mayer- Dreaming With A Broken Heart
If Room For Squares was an attempt to achieve mainstream success and Heavier Things was more of sharp departure from Room For Squares, Continuum was the perfect fusion of both styles. My favorite Mayer album by a long shot.
3. John Mayer Trio- Who Did You Think I Was
I think that after a few years of haters shitting on him, John Mayer was ready to try and shut them up. Enter The John Mayer Trio. With Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, Mayer released an “album” of a few cover songs and some original songs. The first track was wink to critics called “Who Did You Think I Was.” It actually reminds a little bit of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
4. John Mayer- Born and Raised
John Mayer’s “country” album wasn’t that good, but it also wasn’t that bad.
5. John Mayer- Wildfire
Even though John Mayer is wearing a drug rug on the album cover for Paradise Valley (released this past week), I think it’s really good. Mayer mentioned in multiple interviews that he listened to a lot of Grateful Dead in the making of the record. You can for sure hear that influence on a lot of the guitar solos.