A lot of people have the wrong idea about John Mayer. Not him personally (you may have that part right), but his music. With a string of fairly poppy hits over the past decade, it's pretty easy to assume he's your standard middle-of-the-road adult contemporary singer. That's not to say pop music is bad, but let's face it, commercial success rarely means "good".
Mayer has some radio friendly tunes, no doubt. But there's a lot more to his music than those soft pop hits.
At first I was unsure if I was going to go to the concert Dec. 1 at Intrust Bank Arena. I knew the pop hits, but did I really like those tunes enough to spend good money on tickets? Maybe not. I remembered seeing a few clips of Mayer on YouTube that I thought might help me decided though. I was correct.
First, because many of us have forgotten. Musician: noun. A person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a profession, or is musically talented.
Remember not all music is synthetic. There are still a few bands out there who write original songs, play their own instruments and perform live without backing tracks and trapeze artists.
If you check out some Mayer's concert videos it becomes pretty clear he's a very skilled musician. Some of the pop hits I really didn't even care for are 100% better live, and he is a great guitar player. He's played Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. He's shared the stage with B.B. King. And there's Fender Stratocaster model with his name on it.
So, I'm sold. There's nothing flashy about Mayer's latest album "Paradise Valley". It's light and sort of rustic. So I don't expect a rock show that will blow my face off. Instead I'm looking forward to a low-key concert that will focus on the things that make music great... the music.