Monday, February 27, 2012

Revised: John Mayer album details

At January's The NAMM Show in Anaheim, I saw John Mayer talk about a new signature acoustic guitar line and make a few comments about his next album. Now we have more details. His previously announced U.S. tour has been cancelled due to a recurrence of vocal problems. 

Multiple Grammy Award-winning artist John Mayer has unveiled new album Born and Raised, due out May 22.

Produced with Don Was, it includes David Crosby and Graham Nash handling backing vocals on the title song, while renowned drummer Jim Keltner makes a special appearance on “Something Like Olivia."

Other musicians joining Mayer on the album include keyboardist/pianist/longtime Rolling Stones sideman Chuck Leavell, bassist Sean Hurley and drummer Aaron Sterling. Rounding out the touring band are David Ryan Harris (guitar/backing vocals), Doug Pettibone (guitar) and Michito Sanchez (percussion).

Mayer recently previewed the album’s first single “Shadow Days” on his tumblr blog ( 

Mayer became passionate about supporting U.S. war veterans following a visit to the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina four years ago. He has since spent time with active military and veterans while touring, and partnered with the Northern California Institute of Research and Education (NCIRE) to provide veterans with a healthy reintegration into civilian life which will help heal the battle scars caused by the trauma they experienced.

In 2011, through his partnership with NCIRE, Mayer was able to launch the first of several pilot programs to benefit the young men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Programs include a mobile exercise and wellness program; the development of a program of integrative medicine for traumatic stress; a study on veterans’ readjustment to civilian life which aims to develop new therapeutic tools to aid the transition; and a first-of-its-kind screening and intervention program for women suffering from eating disorders triggered by post traumatic stress related to combat.

Born and Raised
Track Listing:

Queen of California
The Age of Worry
Shadow Days
Speak for Me
Something Like Olivia
Born & Raised
If I Ever Get Around To Living
Love is a Verb
Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967
Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey
A Face To Call Home
Born & Raised (Reprise)

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