John Mayer is back with a new single Queen of California, and a quirky but rather fabulous video.
Sounding like the love-child of Laurel Canyon blues meets progressive country, the 35-year-old multi-Grammy award winner and 20 million album seller’s new tune is quietly optimistic.
A throat granuloma, tour cancellations,missives from Taylor Swift, accusations of racism, misogyny, and controversial Rolling Stone and Playboy interviews aside – lyrics like,
“Goodbye cold, goodbye rain, goodbye sorrow, goodbye shame. I’m headed out west with my headphones on, boarded a flight with a song in the back of my soul. And no one knows,”
– show the master blues man can be stunningly sensitive in his songs at least.
Queen of California, is a cut off Mayer’s latest Billboard topping album Born and Raised (released May 22), and the video features the cowboy-hat wearing singer strolling through rainy streets, a studio-cum-front-room, a forest in changing seasons, a city in full parade and – ends with him standing on a film set as it breaks down around him.
Earlier this year Mayer described the album’s mission statement as,
“What would it sound like if I wrote an album of cowboy songs on this guitar under the stars?”
Born and Raised featured production from Don Was, and special guests David Crosby and Graham Nash from late 60’s 70’s cult band Crosby, Steels and Nash. It was Mayer’s third number one album in the U.S selling 219, 000 units in its first week.
On March 9 this year after he was forced to pull out of his Born and Raised Spring tour, in a public statement Mayer said,
“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.”
So while the singer’s voice and throat heal after surgery in October last year, there will be no live support of Queen of California, but you can watch the video here.