John Mayer first came to see mainstream musical success in 2001 with the release of his debut album, Room For Squares. Since that time, John has put out several more records and shown incredible growth not only in his songwriting, but his guitar playing as well. Mayer’s next studio album, Heavier Things, released in 2003, allowed Mayer to explore within the pop feel of his first album. The result is top quality music. Mayer’s most recent studio album, Continuum is my personal favorite. Released in 2006, Mayer adopts a much bluesy-er and rock-y-er feel. Great songwriting is accompanied by soulful guitar solos and memorable melodies.
Before releasing Continuum, Mayer joined up with studio-giant Pino Palladino on bass and ex-Stevie Wonder drummer Steve Jordan to form John Mayer Trio. The three relased Try!, a live album in 2005. The music that these three great musicians make is much bluesy-er than anything Mayer has done on his own. This project of Mayer’s may just be my favourite thing that Mayer has done.
John Mayer has distinguished himself as a very versatile musician, becoming a master of acoustic guitar based pop, pop/rock, and straight ahead blues. With this in mind, Mayer gave a concert last December at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The concert opened with John Mayer with an acoustic guitar, joined with two other acoustic players on a few songs. This was followed by John Mayer Trio, and finally closing out the evening, the main act… (drumroll please) John Mayer with a full band!
John has just released a DVD and CD of this event. Both are fantastic. I highly recommend these to anyone who enjoys good music. It has been so great to see Mayer’s growth musically over the past several years. He is definitely one of the most creative artists out on the radio/mtv circuit these days. If you think you know John Mayer as “just another pop act”, check out this live CD or DVD, entitled Where The Light Is. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.