John Mayer Comes Back to the Studio

Legendary American musician announces new EP.

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Legendary american musician John Mayer reveals he's coming back to the studio to write his next studio album, Rolling Stone reports.

"John is recording his 6th studio album," says the Mayer's official Facebook page announcement. "Check back every Tuesday for more Studio Session videos to see what's going on behind the scenes."

The first video shows Mayer toying with an amp, looking over his collection of pedals and picking out a spacey, washed-out lick. Check it out below.

"I'm up to four or five songs I think are really cool," adds Mayer himself. "There's a song called 'Badge and Gun' that's pure country. I'd like to do a country EP at some point, a smallish record."

He continued: "I like a lot of stuff I didn't think I was going to like 10 years ago. That excites me."

Mayer's 2013 comeback kicked off in January when he performed live for the first time in two years after undergoing two rounds of surgery to repair a granuloma in his throat. Mayer is now set for a sprawling summer tour that kicks off July 6th in Milwaukee.

The latest Mayer's studio album, "Born and Raised," was released on May 22, 2012.

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John Mayer tour dates:

07/04 - Philadelphia, PA - Wawa Welcome America Festival
07/06 - Summerfest, Marcus Amphitheatre - Milwaukee, WI
07/07 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/09 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
07/10 - Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/12 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/16-17 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/19 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
07/20 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
07/22 - Paso Robles, CA - California Mid-State Fair
07/24 - Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/26 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/27 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08/06 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
08/07 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/09 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/10 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
08/11 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair
08/13 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/14 - Toronto, Canada - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/16 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
08/17 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
08/18 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook
08/20 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
08/21 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
08/23 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
08/24 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live
08/25 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
08/27 - Allentown, PA - The Great Allentown Fair
08/28 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/30 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/31 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
09/01 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Spa & Resort - Event Center
09/04 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/05 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
09/07 - Tampa, FL - Live Nation Amphitheatre
09/08 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
09/17 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Luna Park
09/19 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Anhembi Arena
09/21 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Rock in Rio
09/27 - Atlanta, GA - Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
10/01 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
10/02 - Phoenix, AZ - Desert Sky Pavilion
10/04 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/05 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
10/15 - Herning, Denmark - Jyske Bank BOXEN
10/16 - Frederiksberg, Denmark - Forum Copenhagen
10/17 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum
10/20 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Arena
10/22 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome10/23-24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall10/26 - London, United Kingdom - Wembley Arena

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    I'm not a fan of John Mayer's solo stuff, but i'm a fan of John Mayer Trio. Their album "Try! " is absolutely fantastic. If he isn't worthy of "legendary" status already, then i'd say he's nearly there.
    Geez, give the guy a break. Be grateful there is at least some good guitar music out there on a mainstream level.
    John Mayer's legendary in his own right. He may not be Hendrix, SRV or Clapton but of the modern mainstream musicians he is easily at the top of the game. His studio albums are a bit fluffy but he kills it live.
    I wish he would release another live album...whether it be blues with the trio or just a more guitar oriented country/americana flavor like he's into now. "Where the Light Is" and "Try" was done 6+ years ago. Just imagine how much he has progressed as a player since then.
    Oh, ok...legendary in his own right... If you say so. If he's still around in 20 years, maybe he'll be legendary.
    That's my kids have taken guitar playing to a brand new low.....
    Sorry, but Mayer has done some phenomenal Blues covers. You may not like the songs he personally wrote, and his army of constantly wet fangirls, but you can't deny his chops as a live player.
    Watch this video and tell me he isn't one of the best contemporary guitarists out there.
    He blows....go to You tube and watch some real guitar players...hint....must be born before 1965...or else all you will get is more Mayers.....
    Dude we get it.
    Its seeing haters in threads like this is what makes me lose all hope in humanity....not to mention the mark on my forehead after taking one epic facepalm.
    I love looking at the comments on this site - not. 95% of the people are 1/10th as good as this guy, and are obsessed with players that play as fast as they can. Ok, so a lot of his licks are based off the what? Who ever said technical = better? Some of the most popular musicians of all time play the same three chords; and he is much more versatile then that.The guy is very good.
    Its just the young mentality of the kids learning to play guitar at 300bpm on this site. Just the other day I was watching some dvds I had of my favorite shredders back in the day and I eventually got bored to death and couldn't finish them. They're great technically and still impacted my playing but my taste in music changed to much much simpler stuff as I got older. I mean I was that way too back then until I learned to respect others taste...and thats what led me away from The Br00tz. Some people just don't grow out of it though.
    Smokey Amp
    I down-voted you by accident when trying to reply, so I'll just +1 here. Couldn't have said it better. There's not much musical maturity on UG. Plus, it seems like most of these guys don't know what to think until someone else tells them. "If it's made after -insert date-, then it's not music". smh.
    Mayer is hands down one of the best guitarists of this generation. Maybe more metal elitists want to argue that but whatever. But can you say you've been a student of Clapton? Played alongside Claption and BB King? That in it's own right is Legen. wait for it. Dary!
    Come on bro, it's dairy. Get your head out of your ass.
    See, it was a joke. Because he Neil Patrick Harris is in my avatar, and he says that....
    Anyone on here saying John mayer is nothing but a decent guitarist obviously hasn't done their homework, this guy is by far one of the best guitar players of the last 15 years
    Name me one guitar player to come along in the last 15 years who can compete with the real guitar playing gods don't think I need to mention is a clue....there are NONE...
    I'm surprised someone living in the past so much can use a computer without saying it has nothing on the abacus. All your posts are repetitive and redundant. Go back to your mom's basement mate, if she's still alive. I hope I'm not as pathetic as you when I'm so very very old.
    You shouldn't have to sound like a famous guitarist from the 60s/70s/80s to be considered a legend. I find new acoustic guitarists like Sungha Jung just as interesting as players like Hendrix.
    Who said sounding similar to players from the '60s/'70s/'80s matters?
    This UncleBluck guy has left loads of comments on this article about how nobody's ever going to beat the "classic players".
    No, he's not. Get over it.
    hez not br00tlz!
    It doesn't have anything to do with him not being "br00tlz!". Considering most "BUT IS NOT METAL!!" comments get voted down out the ass, I'm confused as to why people think this site is full of idiots who only listen to metal. One of the best guitarists in the last 15 years? Not a chance. Sorry.
    I never said he was... I just think its funny that this site has so many people that just hate on any guitar music that doesn't involve pulsating downstrokes on the E string or shredding. I'm not a John Mayer fan (and don't really know too much of his stuff) but from what I've seen, he seems like a talented guy and a good player. But according to a lot of people on here, since he isn't over 60 years old or a metal guy he sucks. Your username and avatar are awesome, by the way.
    The guy can play, I give him that. That said, I'm not exactly a fan of most of his music. The exception being "No Such Thing", and that was kinda a revolution point for me. Legendary? In his own right, but as stated above, he's not Clapton, he's not SRV, and he's not Hendrix. He's still got a ton of road ahead to make that level.
    What makes Mayer so different from Clapton? Like, really? I like Clapton, don't get me wrong, but he's not THAT great. He writes love songs with blues licks over it. Eh. Am I wrong? Yes, I like Cream, as well. I think Clapton is good at what he does, but it's not impossible for Mayer to be compared to him. Mayer is fantastic at what he does. He's a killer guitar player, an incredible songwriter, and a hard-working musician in his own right.
    Good. The last album was poor. Do something in the vein of Continuum and I'll be happy.
    He's no Hendrix, SRV or Clapton because he isn't. Get out of your time capsules. He's one of the best musicians in pop music today. There will never be another "guitar god" because everyone's got their own version and quick to shoot down someone else's.
    I think guitar legends may never be so much groundbreaking as they are memorable. People will still be talking about him in the years to come.
    Can you pick up a guitar and play and sing like this? How many of your favourite shredders, guitar gods do you think could pull this off? In my book, anyone who can just pick up a guitar and play like this is legendary.
    When did John Mayer become "legendary"?
    Only in his own mind and that of the people on this site who are clueless and still playing 2 string power chords....
    I Guess When He Wrote
    frehley freak
    I suppose you never listened to the Trio, or any of his blues work huh? Your opinion is deaf.
    If You Want To Talk About Great Blues Players That Are Legendary... That Is Fine... Its An Opinion... Im Not Deaf... Just Choose To Make Light Of The Material He Has become Famous For... Wonderland Is Not Legendary Material. People Get Butthurt Over The Silliest Things.
    Dont understand the John Mayer hate here. He really can ****ing play. I 'Neon' is a fantastic track. That DVD where he's like in LA is a damn nice performance... plus he's banged more chicks than all of UG put together.
    LOL. It seems to me that half of the commenters here have only ever heard 'Your Body Is A Wonderland.' Eh. It's not a bad song, but even John says "This song ruined my life" right before he plays it. Mayer is a killer player and, as others have said, he is a great songwriter. UG is just filled with closed-minded metalheads. (I love metal, so don't get me wrong.) You guys need to take the Iron Maiden cassette out of your players and pop in something different for once. I'd consider myself a 'metalhead,' but Mayer is also one of my favorite artists.
    Okay, John Mayer's a good guitarist, but he's not legendary, especially in the song-writing field.
    I can see a lot of people agree that "legendary" is not the right word. Although, I think he is a great guitarist, but he's just such a douche....
    i agree about using the word legendary, he's good and his songwriting is alright but i dont think he is legendary, he hasnt contributed to modern music yet, also i don't know if he himself is a douche but many of his fans are.
    frehley freak
    If you dont respect him as a guitar player, your head is sooooo far up your own ass, that you shouldnt be able to comment.
    Legendary? Really? All I know is he's a decent guitarist and not a lot more, did a terrible job of Eddie Van Halen's solo on Fall Out Boy's cover of beat it...
    Dude, in his defense, He's not a EVH type guitarist. He is a blues guitarist. A damn good one at that
    Yea keep telling yourself that and soon you will believe it....he's not a EVH type because he is incapable of it and his blues chops are mediocre at best.....amazing what passes as great for the younger generation...
    When you can improv an intro as good as this, there's no need to shred. He's a jazz influenced blues guitar player and definitely one of the most creative of our day. You're comparing apples to oranges. Trying to learn this song was harder for me than Eruption
    Trying to learn Eruption for me was harder than learning this song. Let's not forget EVH started with the blues, he even says it himself. They play totally different which is awesome but you guys keep writing comments about him not being comparable to Claption or EVH then go off and say "but it's not a stretch to say he's almost as good" in which case that comment just makes no sense then. When a song like 'Beat It' has this climatic solo (and just because it's fast doesn't mean it's not good anyways) and someone else tries to cover it of course everyone is going to compare it, how could anyone think otherwise? I'm sure Michael Jackson and heard the flashiness of it and liked it and decided it was good enough to be released apart from EVH blowing up at that time. There's a reason Clapton or Page weren't picked.
    Dude. Stop. He's not an EVH type guitarist because he likes playing blues more. I'm sure if he wanted to, he could play it. Hop off everyone's nuts.
    Cause every guitar player has to play like EVH right? Fucking putz's stuck in the 80's. Have you ever actually looked at some of those mans riffs? I'd love to see Van Halen write some of the riffs mayer has written. Eddy isn't capable of touching some of what Mayer has done.
    I gotta agree, and I actually like most of his music (especially the bluesier, less pop stuff)! He's a great songwriter, but as far as his chops...when people say he's the next Clapton, it makes me scratch my head.
    He's actually really comparable to Clapton. Neither one is really outstanding or unique, but they're both pretty damn good and play some very tasteful guitar. So, while his musical catalog might not be exactly comparable (not that Clapton's is really that great compared to his peers, either), I'd say they're very similar in terms of skill, and calling him 'the next Clapton' isn't a stretch by any means.
    Also, you're generally Gonna be disappointed listening to Fall Out Boy.
    But....I like Fall Out Boy Most of their stuff, anyway.
    Am I really the ONLY one here that likes Fall Out Boy?
    Don't comment about a guitarist's talent is you're completely blinded to that fact that Mayer is a phenomenal guitarist. A 'decent' guitarist doesn't get invited to the stage with guitarist's such as BB King, Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton. Please take your ignorance elsewhere.
    Well, he's got critic and public success with his solo career and John Mayer Trio and played with the likes of BB King and Eric Clapton... I'd say he's pretty close to becoming at least a reference in blues from now on. Also, you were listening to Fall Out Boy covering something created by Eddie Wank Halen - of course your ears would be shot to shit.
    I love Mayers playing. I said before Rolling Stone said that he was Slowhand Jr. Listen to the live version of Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. His playing is so expressive, simplistic, and adds layers of dynamic to the song. THAT is what a guitar player is supposed to be. I am so sick of guitarists not being considered legendary or phenomenal just because they don't shred. Needless shredding adds nothing to the song and its dick stroking on the fret board. This man is far from done and will be around in 20 years. Truth.
    WOW MY FUNNY DOUCHE COMMENT GOT DELETED! WHY?? IT WAS FUNNY. He is a douche; the point is undeniable
    Who cares if he is douchey? He didn't personally slight you did he? Get over it. Any man that bangs Katy Perry AND Jennifer Aniston is cool in my book. Taylor Swift was a lapse in judgement.
    He is a douche, but your commment was...immature.
    He's some bum from CT who writes music people care about. That is incredibly hard to do. Show the man some respect.
    Just because he doesn't shred incredibly fast doesn't mean he's a bad guitarist. All you metal fans need to accept that. I'm not trying to hate on metal either. Stop comparing him to other guitarist too, it's all about the music If he was a crap guitarist he wouldn't have played with the likes of eric clapton and bb king
    Legendary? That could be questionable. However, he has my respect for keeping the blues alive and well.
    As a guitar player he is great, i respect his talent, i think that continuum is one hell of an album, but, he is just so lame writing lyrics, looks like he's trying to get 16 year old girls with those corney lyrics.
    I started playing guitar when I was 13. After the basic stuff, I started with songs like Stairway to Heaven and Black Dog, then moved on to a lot of RATM, Pink Floyd and assorted tracks of the metal/rock/classic genre. I heard and learnt Mayers "Slow dancing in a burning room" in 2009 at the age of 14 and ever since then I have been mainly learning his songs, live and studio. He's really fun and beneficial to learn. Stop comparing him to Clapton, SRV, BB King and Hendrix. He's not trying to be any of these people. If you look beyond your comparisons and listen to what he's actually playing, you'll see that he's an extremely talented guitarist. He's heavily influenced by all of those musicians, but he plays from HIS soul, not from some library of chops. If you don't like him thats fair enough. Btw, if you're gonna be posting any videos to try and define him, post something from Where the Light Is or Crossroads...