John Mayer Hat Act

John Mayer aka Bob Newhat

I rebooted my Wednesday morning by 45 minutes to review Jimmy Fallon with John Mayer, and then write briefly about it. It was John Mayer’s hat that struck a chord with me. Is he channeling Dr. John Mac Rebennack or Jack White?

I thought of Will Bernard’s “Medicine Hat” especially apropos of the fact that Mayer is having health problems, with his vocal chords.

When he came out, the Roots played “Johnny Be Good Tonight”. Mayer sat in with the Roots.

His new cd is out as of Tuesday, “Born and Raised” but due to the injury he is not touring.

I actually like and admire John Mayer. Most of which, as I’ve described before, is because he took Charlie Hunter Trio as a support act, and according to John Ellis, Mayer could sing back a lot of the solos. And he can basically play them. He has the chops.

Charlie also got a writing credit on “Continuum.” Maybe some day we can hit up John regarding some kind of legacy work for Paul J. Cohen, the continuum hypothesis, although it is a stretch.

And I met John once when Stew toured with Mayer and Counting Crows. I’ll keep milking that story for a while, I guess.

BTW, Greg Dulli and Afghan Whigs came out and gave a good report, after the Mayer interview — “if I ever face reality, that’s gonna be the end of me.” Dig.

Ok, I admit I had to use “search-injun” to hear that Jimmy Fallon did introduce him or them as doing a cover by Marie “Queenie” Lyons and the album is called “See and Don’t See.” Dig or double-dig the strings, and ?uestlove sitting in, as well.

One last gratuitous crate-digging of my own cv: Greg Dulli is or was a fan of New Orleans music and my former client Henry Butler.

Not that he needs my help, being number 1 at Amazon, but tap here to get your copy:

Ok, so the Afghan Whigs thing is only a single and you have to get it from their site, which is cool. And, I guess I am the Rip Van Winkle of indie rock, but, this is their first release in 13 years and first show in 11 years, sold out in NYC, but I may have to check them in Frisco. (Although I admit I do confuse them with High Llamas or something. Also reminds me of the great gospel singing I saw at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass of Mike Farris formerly of Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and also I found his chapbook at the record store where Michelle Malone performed in South Carolina. Which to me begs question of if Michelle and John have jammed???? Both being ATL et cetera.

I also hat to check that it is Peter Tosh who does the “Johnny Be Good Tonight” as opposed to Chuck Berry, different song.

Ok this is a bit of a digression even by my standards, but Alex Rawls of Offbeat in New Orleans has a recollection of Henry Butler sitting in with Afghan Whigs at Howlin Wolf in 1997, whereas I got in direct from HB in 2003.

Dulli noted

edit to add, ten weeks later: I finally listened to John Mayer, “Born and Raised”. Here is a video of a secret show he played the title track at, in 2011, a different secret show at Hotel Cafe than the one I saw while stalking Jonah Matranga and Anna Rosenthal in May, 2009. (Someday I will post about my numerous trips to LA on a whim, most recently to see Anna Fermin).

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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