The thing I like about the guy is that he basically doesn't want or need your respect. He's got killer chops and he is trying to perform. He's trying to be himself from what I can see. Does he get that charlie the tuna mouth thing workign? yep and it's distracting to me. But I overlook it because I like the way he plays.
I'm guessing his hit stuff that turned everyone off was a product of his and some music execs. How many blues guys with serious talent are starving? I know of more than a few. So, he figures out how to get out there and make some money, then he gets to do what he wants from then on. I call that brilliant.
He is not my kind of player, performer or anything, actually I dislike him a great deal...slick and smooth....perfectly boring!!
Same with Crow, also have that madeup feel to her!
No question that both are good players and such...but they lack grit and it is just to polished at the end of the day!
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i'm with GJ on this one...
it's almost like i'm waiting for the song or album that will totally skyrocket him in to guitargod status though...it's like he's almost there but not quite and you expect it any second!
Musically I have a tough time getting into his earlier poppy stuff, but admittedly have only heard singles on the radio. I do own the Trio! CD, and thoroughly enjoy listening to it. While I’m not thrilled about his first single from Continuum, I have entertained buying it.
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I would debate the Clapton comparisons on a couple of points.
Clapton was in a BAND when he "started out doing 60s pop" -- actually, the yardbirds were doing a lot of blues at the time, but he quit on principle over the band's direction after "For Your Love" was released.
Clapton said he had a "missionary zeal" for the blues at the time, and wasn't really pleasant about it either. Remember that at the time, blues was not all that popular or commercial, and some of those groups were charting their own course, eventually reintroducing the blues to the States.
no doubt that Clapton views Mayer as a fine player though
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I'm actually glad to hear someone else say that, because she's so popular I thought it was just me.
Is it just me, or does her voice get shrill on the high notes?
I always thought that too...
Also John Mayer got some chops,but like most here his voice sucks...
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I haven't heard enough John Mayer to form an opinion about his playing but I will say I am not a fan of his song writing - I don't feel the soul, which leads me to believe it will be hard for me to be convinced when he does the blues. If the blues is about anything it is about making you feel.
I'm not ready to make any Clapton comparisons at this point. I'm impressed with what I heard last night. I'd pay money to go see him, and if he'd been with anyone that I liked better than Crow last night, I'd probably have gone.
the nice thing about the mayer-crow double bill is that her guitarist is a killer player and major tone-meister on top of whatever you think about mayer
well, that and if sheryl wears a short skirt and a low cut blouse
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i heard john's chops in some dave chappelle epispodes and he does have some skill. i wouldn't buy any of his albums though.
All I can say is, I saw John Mayer on a TV Concert hosted by Buddy Guy. John stood there right next to Buddy ,And had strong enough Chops to hold his own with Buddy! I was pleasantly surprised.
I can deal with his voice and from what I've seen of his guitar playing he's quite good, it's his facial expressions that are hard for me to handle.
As far as the Clapton comparison, Clapton is a Veteran Guitarist, I really don't think they are at the same level yet. I haven't heard a "shoot-out" so-to-speak, to make that call, though.
i first dismissed him, but picked up the jm trio cd and really liked it. even in his pop songs you can hear some good playing in them, but its never been good enough for me to want to buy them.
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