But since his last album, "Heavier Things," he's taken a slightly different direction — the blues. He joined forces with two music greats, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, to form The John Mayer Trio.
They're out with their first album, "Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert," and
The new album has seven tracks written by the trio in only four days, Mayer says.
Asked by Dave Price whether other artists would simply have stuck with their previous winning formula, Mayer
"And all I can do is stay a music listener. Actually, so much of being a musician is being a music listener. The process of changing direction is the same process and sometimes as simple as you changing CDs in a player. The only thing is, I have more to stay true to than you do in that sense."
Why the blues?
"I've been told this — I don't know how much more expressly this could have been put to me by my heroes, you know, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and, to a certain extent, Eric Clapton — that this is a music that has been buried a little bit in the ground, and it's been waiting for someone to dig it up and carry it on. I actually had to become a good enough pop musician to bring blues to people, which is ironic."