Over the past few months, Mayer has maintained a low-profile following his over-exposed “douchebaggery” that spawned from the release of his last effort, “Battle Studies” in 2009. His decision to withdraw from the glossy pages of People and shenanigans over at TMZ included the deletion of his popular Twitter account. The idea behind this was reportedly to reconnect with himself as a songwriter and expand his boundaries past the 140-character limitations.
However, he has made numerous surprise appearances to test his new material in random venues such as Eddie’s Attic, Greenwich Village Underground and the Hotel Cafe since November. These venues, especially Eddie’s Attics, were places that Mayer started his career over a decade ago. YouTube videos from these shows have resulted in strong reviews from both critics and fans, as they deliver the formally abandoned acoustic-songwriter side of Mayer that skipped out on the last two blues-heavy albums.
Mayer has been playing at countless charity functions as well, including Tiger Wood’s ‘Tiger-Jam’ with Keith Urban and Matt’s Promise Benefit. While including popular songs like “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Daughters” in his set list, he has sampled strong harmonica and acoustic driven songs that will potentially be on the upcoming album or for a rarity collection. These include (for your YouTube research): “Age of Worry”, “A Face to Call Home” “A Break In The Clouds”, “Something Like Olivia”, “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey”, “Show Me Something I Can Be”, “Portable Heart”, “Queen Of California”, “Up From The Skies/It Takes A Fool” and his cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice (It’s All Right)”.
Here is “Born & Raised” at the Hotel Cafe, an early recording of the title track from the upcoming album.