We are so thrilled for the many incredible video submissions for this contest. From an expert luthier, to a cafe love story or a quirky man’s search for his missing stuffed animal, it’s clear to see how much effort and skill went into making these story-pieces. The winning video, from Xavier Collos and Arthur Caron (France), <a href=
Born and Raised
Mayer may have canceled his tour, but he’s not done working. The guitarist invited Leavell and his band back to his Montana home this summer to work on new music. “It’s kind of a barn-like structure, a nice big open room and a separate control room upstairs,” says Leavell. “Before he went in for this second treatment he wanted to get everybody together, because the cat can sing. He just can’t stand the stress of the tour with the condition of his vocal chords, so he had us all come out there. We broke in the studio. We were there for two weeks, laid down some new stuff that he’s been writing, which is great.”
Back to the Woods
Leavell recently released Back to the Woods, a stripped-down tribute to blues piano pioneers including Leroy Carr, Little Brother Montgomery and Otis Spann. “It was important to me [to do] this project to expose the piano as an important instrument in blues history,” says Leavell. Highlights include a rollicking take on Charlie Spand’s “I Got to Go Blues” (featuring Col. Bruce Hampton) and Carr’s smoky heartbreak ballad “Evening Train.” Leavell practiced 30 songs at his Georgia home; when it came time to record, he invited some friends. One session featured Mayer and Richards in the studio at the same time, trading licks on Spann’s “Boots and Shoes.”
“Keith has a tremendous amount of respect for John, because he is carrying on the tradition of being a great guitar player, you know, of contemporary form … That made the day amazing. John watching Keith was fantastic, and Keith’s eyebrows raising up at John’s playing – it was very special.”
Columbia Records, and Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter & musician John Mayer are giving you the opportunity to make the music video for his new song Something Like Olivia.
Listen to the song, be inspired and get creative!
Deadline for entries is 5 January 2013, 23:59 GMT time.
Awards & Judging
The winner will receive $5,000 and have their video used as the music video for Something Like Olivia.
The winner and finalists will be chosen by John Mayer and Genero.
Chart Moves: John Mayer’s Live EP Debuts on Billboard 200
John Mayer: Before John Mayer became too ill to sing, he recorded an EP’s worth of live tracks titled “The Complete 2012 Performances Collection.” This week, the five-song set, exclusive to iTunes, debuts at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 with 15,000 sold. The effort includes four tunes recorded during the making of his latest album, “Born and Raised,” along with one previously unreleased studio track. “Born and Raised” debuted at No. 1 earlier this year.
JM performs “Shadow Days” [x]
JM performs “Speak For Me” [x]