Saturday, May 14, 2005

John Mayer loses the Weak ****
Something about this article hit me:
Mayer Creates "Continuum"

Pop star plays the blues on upcoming album

"I'm ready to shake it all up," John Mayer says of his next studio album, Continuum, due in early 2006.

"They are tunes that live on guitar. When it comes out, I may never win a Grammy again, I may never sell a million records again, but the world will get where I'm coming from," he tells Rolling Stone's Smoking Section column. "I'm not afraid to lose it all."

Meanwhile, Mayer has been an in-demand guest for his heroes: He has recorded with Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy for their upcoming albums, and he'll be performing at Bonnaroo on June 10th with Herbie Hancock's reunited Seventies funk-jazz group, the Headhunters. The group will play additional gigs on the 8th in St. Louis, on the 9th in Kettering, Ohio, and on the 11th in Memphis.

Mayer is also preparing to flex his new blues-based outfit, the John Mayer Trio, on the road and on a live disc. "I'm gonna go out in the fall with the trio and just play," he says. "Power-rockin', electric-guitar, in-your-face blues."

Now I've seen Mayer play live (Valentine's Day, '04, Vancouver) and he can rip it up.. the one thing holding him up is the soft FM music genre that he broke in with. This guy can freakin' play, and I hope that he gets his Cream on with Clapton, and learns from a pro how to let it all hang out.

If he can get a good bassist and drummer to go to town with (I'll suggest Flea and Grohl...yeah, I'm dreaming), he might have something.

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