With tour plans already set to kick off this April, after the trek ends on May 6, John Mayer will drop his highly-anticipated Born and Raised. He announced that the album will be released May 22.
The first single, the upbeat cowboy-influenced tune “Shadow Days,” will hit radio on March 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to a release date, the guitar-slinging singer released a track listing for the album, which includes some very, very interesting song titles.
The songs include “Queen of California,” “The Age of Worry,” “Shadow Days,” “Speak for Me,” “Something Like Olivia” (we must know who this Olivia is and how she managed to get John to write a song about her!), “Born & Raised,” “If I Ever Get Around To Living,” “Love is a Verb,” “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967” (a perplexing title, indeed!), “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey, “A Face To Call Home” and “Born & Raised (Reprise).”
Previously, Mayer described the album as having “organic cowboy guitar sounds,” adding that he had this very romantic thought when it came to the album’s vibe: “What would it sound like if I wrote an album of cowboy songs on this guitar under the stars?”
“Every new record I start, a new aesthetic comes in. I can’t help it,” he said about the project. “I think it’s gonna be more organic, more natural lyrics and chords and artful simplicity.”
Born and Raised will feature production from Don Was, and Mayer will get some vocal and instrumental help from singers David Crosby and Graham Nash, keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell, bassist Sean Hurley and drummer Aaron Sterling.
We’re pretty excited. There, we said it.