John Mayer's latest, "Born and Raised," is his first grown-up album.
It’s been a humbling few years for John Mayer, the singer, guitarist and Fairfield native.
First he blew up his personal life in 2010 with a crass interview in Playboy that included a racial epithet and dished a little too deeply on ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston. Then doctors last year found granulomas near his vocal cords, requiring surgery and vocal rest that delayed the release of his fifth studio album, “Born and Raised” (Columbia), and forced Mayer to cancel summer tour plans when the condition recurred earlier this year.
Together, those tumults have sanded down Mayer’s cockier edges on “Born and Raised,” which is in many ways a penitent album. Mayer’s done thoughtful before, notably on 2009’s “Battle Studies,” but here he sounds chastened, too, on songs that are less about having all the answers than trying to ask the right questions.
John Mayer has canceled a tour that was to have stopped April 22 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre. He releases a new album later this year.
Fairfield native John Mayer has canceled his spring tour, including a date April 22 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, citing a recurrence of a throat problem he had been treated for last year. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
“This is bad news,” Mayer said in a statement, which appears below in its entirety. “Because of this, I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing. Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down.”
Mayer last year was treated for a granuloma — an area of tissue inflammation — on his vocal cords in 2011, and put on extensive vocal rest. When he thought he had recovered, Mayer recorded a new album, “Born and Raised,” which is due May 22 on Columbia. The first single, “Shadow Days,” came out earlier this week.