Dead & Company Excites Jon Mayer About Music Again

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(Radio.com) With 'Love on the Weekend," John Mayer released his first single since 'Who You Love" with Katy Perry in 2013 -- if you exclude his cover of Beyonce's 'XO" the following year -- to widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike. The track will appear on his upcoming studio album, The Search for Everything, expected for release in 2017 and, again, his first solo effort in more than three years.

The break wasn't a separation from music, but more a sabbatical from 'John Mayer" the product. The past several years has seen Mayer be a part of a band-- Dead & Company (former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann with Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti)--instead of being THE band, which has done wonders for him as a musician.

"It was one of the greatest things, if not the greatest thing, that happened to my career since actually having a music career," Mayer told Fresh 102.7's Karen Carson. 'It's opened so many doors. It's excited me again."

Mayer utilized a variation of the old 'tools in your tool box" metaphor to further describe the positive effects his time in a band with talented and seasoned professionals has done for his career.

'You have a certain number of crayons in your box and, as you keep making music, you have to keep using those same crayons to make new music and it gets increasingly difficult as time goes on. And for me, the Dead & Co. project just totally infused just a whole new world of music into my life." Read more here.

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