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.

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...
    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".
    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.
    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.