John Mayer – Queen of California (Live at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013)
This performance is bar none, possibly the best I have seen in a very, very long time.
I have been so focused on John Mayer’s undeniable blues guitar talents, this particular performance
even being somewhat old, 2013, totally caught me off guard! First off, John Mayer Queen of California is one of my all time favorites, this rendition absolutely pulverizes my previous view of John as a strictly Blues guitarist. The guitar solo, after his acoustic into, has a deep, thick flavor of the Greatfull Dead, Jerry Garcia, it just blew me away!
What I love so much about John Mayer is, he is so you and me. After getting his first guitar he did what so many of us wish we had done. He immersed himself in the study of the guitar greats, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Just a kid from Fairfield Connecticut, waking his dad up early on Saturday morning so he could go to the local record store and buy a copy of an album of Albert King’s. I recently saw the movie Whiplash with J. K Simmonds about a young boy relentlessly practicing his drum solos till his hands bled. J.K Simmons played his conductor and grueling drill master, driving the young man to out perform himself. As I watched this video, and while I watched this performance by John Mayer it occurred to me that this was John Mayer, practicing over and over and over each of these guitar legends solos until their style to him was as natural as drinking a beer is to us.
John Mayer is a fantastic and accomplished guitarist and performer. He has played with many of those who inspired him. He has made his home state of Connecticut endear him as a true natural resource and guitar hero. He is only getting better with time. I truly hope you enjoy this live performance as much as did I!
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