Reports are starting to arrive from a small group of fans who were invited to a listening party of Born and Raised last night in LA. Sounds like the very small group of listeners were pulled from the My Stupid Mouth community and invited to the studio. John sat and listened with the attendees, introducing the songs and occasionally adding some additional information after a track. Thanks to the MSM family for some of the reviews… read more
This song is from a close friend of mine, he has no idea I’m posting this song on Tumblr. It’s called “Guess Again” and was recorded in (I think) 2008.
John Mayer has a big influence on him and he’s basically the reason that my friend started making music too. I told him I personally think this song is pretty huge, but he just kinda left it for dead on his old computer and had sent it to me recently. So I thought why not share it on Tumblr.
If you like it please “Like” and“Reblog” so I can prove to him he might have been wrong.
NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer launches his first U.S. tour in two years on April 9, stopping in 18 cities through May 6. The tour leads into Mayer’s upcoming fifth album Born and Raised, which will be released soon thereafter.
Mayer produced Born and Raised with Don Was, who worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt. Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the title song and musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the road include highly-regarded keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell—who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band—as well as previous collaborators Sean Hurley on bass and Aaron Sterling on drums. Rounding out the touring band are David Ryan Harris on guitar and vocals, Doug Pettibone on guitar and Michito Sanchez on percussion.
Mayer recently previewed the album’s first single “Shadow Days” on his tumblr blog (http://jhnmyr.tumblr.com/). The song will be serviced to radio today. He debuts his new album with a performance at SXSW on March 17.
Mayer became passionate about supporting U.S. war veterans following a visit to the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina four years ago. He has since spent time with active military and veterans while touring, and partnered with the Northern California Institute of Research and Education (NCIRE) to provide veterans with a healthy reintegration into civilian life which will help heal the battle scars caused by the trauma they experienced.
Concertgoers can join Mayer in his support of veterans in two ways. A block of third-row orchestra seats will be made available for sale at a premium price exclusively through Tickets-For-Charity, with proceeds going to Mayer/NCIRE programs. At Tickets-For-Charity, fans pay the same or better price found elsewhere for high-demand seats, with 100% of above-face benefit redirected to charity. For more information, go to www.ticketsforcharity.com/johnmayer.
And at http://celebrity.ebay.com/john-mayer, Mayer fans can bid on four front-row tickets, plus a chance to meet him, with proceeds also going to Mayer/NCIRE programs for veterans.
In 2011, through his partnership with NCIRE, Mayer was able to launch the first of several pilot programs to benefit the young men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Programs include a mobile exercise and wellness program; the development of a program of integrative medicine for traumatic stress; a study on veterans’ readjustment to civilian life which aims to develop new therapeutic tools to aid the transition; and a first-of-its-kind screening and intervention program for women suffering from eating disorders triggered by post traumatic stress related to combat.
Mayer’s previous albums—Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum and Battle Studies—have sold more than 11 million copies combined. He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations. He has also been included in Time Magazine’s annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine’s annual “Guitar” issue.
John Mayer Spring Tour 2012 Schedule:
Monday, April 9: Bloomington, IN; the IU Auditorium Tuesday, April 10: East Lansing, MI; the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts Thursday, April 12: Grand Rapids, MI; DeVos Performance Hall Friday, April 13: West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University); Elliot Hall of Music Saturday, April 14: Detroit, MI; Fox Theatre Tuesday, April 17: Orono, ME (University of ME); Collins Center for the Arts Wednesday, April 18: Providence, RI; PPAC Providence Performing Arts Center Thursday, April 19: West Point, NY; Eisenhower Hall Theatre Saturday, April 21: Buffalo, NY; Shea’s Performing Arts Center Sunday, April 22: Wallingford, CT; The Oakdale Theatre Tuesday, April 24: Richmond, VA; Landmark Theater Thursday, April 26: Tuscaloosa, AL; Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Sunday, April 29: New Orleans, LA; Jazz & Heritage Fest Monday, April 30: Memphis, TN; The Orpheum Theatre Wednesday, May 2: Kansas City, MO; Starlight Theatre Friday, May 4: Albuquerque, NM; Sandia Saturday, May 5: Las Vegas, NV; The Joint Sunday, May 6: Phoenix, AZ; Comerica Theatre
Here’s a clip of the first single off Born and Raised, called “Shadow Days.” I’m excited to share the first bit of sound from the album… Been looking forward to a post like this since October 14, 2010, the first day I started writing this group of songs. Enjoy.
Tony Bennett has been on a bit of a tear supporting his new album of all-star duets. Now, Bennett is premiering his video for “One For My Baby (And One More for the Road)” with John Mayer exclusively on Mashable.
The track appears on “Duets II: The Great Performance,” to be released March 6. The album, which features duets with stars such as Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson, Michael Bublé and more, is a follow up to “Duets: An American Classic” where the iconic music-man sang through American hit songs through the ages.
Bennett’s follow up album veers closer to his jazz and classic repertoire and also features one of the last recordings and music videos from Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul,” before her death on July 23, 2011.
The silver-haired singer launched his career in the 50s following the Second World War. Bennett, a laid-back crooner, always had a predilection for jazz and show standards but faded out of popularity in the 60s due to substance abuse problems and the rise of rock music. Bennett has slowly made his comeback, with “Duets,” released in 2006, was Bennett’s best selling album of all time and earned him three Grammy Awards.
“Duets II” clearly treads familiar ground with Bennett and co. cruising through hits from the American Songbook. Bennett and his team have embraced the digital side of the albums by releasing a set of music videos on Bennett’s VEVO page. The videos are mostly just Bennett and his guest standing and delivering as if capturing a recording session. The intimate feel helps deliver the nostalgic tone of the project as well as reveal the respect and friendship between Bennett and his co-stars.
It’s a charming project with plenty of surprises: like Bennett sharing a microphone with Lady Gaga as she takes an honest crack at “The Lady is a Tramp.”
The above video captures that same sense of shared respect and joy in music.
Have a look and a listen and let us know what you think; did Mayer pull it off? Does Bennett still have it?