Weekly Artist Spotlight: John Mayer

Four years after his last tour, John Mayer is making up for lost time. The soulful singer/songwriter is about to embark on the second leg of his The Search for Everything tour, having just concluded a 20-date run with Dead and Company, the Grateful Dead-reincarnation that Mayer has toured with since 2015.

Now approaching 40, it appears Mayer is still discovering himself as an artist, one who refuses to conform to the mold of a single genre. He gained prominence for his driving acoustic pop/rock sound during his career’s earliest days, which clearly suited him as evident through his Grammy wins for “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and “Daughters” off his first two albums. He later leaned heavily on slow blues influences in recording 2006’s Continuum, which spawned some of his most heartfelt and beloved hits. Changing direction once more, Mayer has gone onto explore rock, folk and country sounds in subsequent albums Battle Studies, Born and Raised, and Paradise Valley. However, it’s in his latest LP, The Search For Everything, where he masterfully incorporates each genre with ease.

Lead single “Love on the Weekend” is underwhelming as far as signature Mayer songwriting goes, but is a feel-good adult contemporary track reminiscent of his other radio-friendly hits “Half of My Heart” and “Say.” The rest of the album has plenty of elements to appeal to casual listeners, including subtle country roots (“In the Blood,” “Roll It On Home”), groovy funk/rock fusion (“Still Feel Like Your Man”), touching ballads (“You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me,” “Never On the Day You Leave”) and even hints of 70s rock (“Helpless”).

Despite his sour reputation and infamous media antics that require constant damage control, there’s no denying that John Mayer is first and foremost an artist that is true and passionate to his craft. He puts his heart and soul into every performance and remains dedicated to keeping his music—and the stories that inspire it—authentic in an otherwise contrived musical era. So for fans expecting a cookie-cutter concert experience during the Search for Everything tour, think again. Mayer has ditched the idea of a stagnant, pre-determined setlist for the gigs, and instead delves into all corners of his impressive collection to make each show unique for the crowd, venue, and Mayer himself.

One could categorize this stage in Mayer’s career as a defining point, where he has gained new perspectives with age and maturity. But for fans, it’s simply a time to enjoy an artist, the music, and the ever-growing legacy he’s carefully etching into stone.

Find dates for The Search for Everything tour below, and browse all John Mayer tickets here.

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