Initially viewed as a younger take on the music of Dave Matthews, John Mayer's earnest and earthy pop has grown in popularity and reputation since his 1999 debut. Mayer sings mellow pop songs in an expressive tenor voice, and is an assured, harmonically astute acoustic guitarist whose jazzy phrasing fills out his songs nicely. His 2001 sophomore album Room For Squares was a pleasant, non-abrasive pop album that launched him to major label success. While maintaining his commercial appeal, he's since expanded his musical styles, proving that he's a true crossover artist that effortlessly commands the blues guitar. Mayer has collaborated with such diverse talents as Common, Herbie Hancock, Kanye West and even comedian Dave Chappelle, and receiving nods from legends like B.B. King and Eric Clapton hasn't phased the star. His 2006 release Continuum reached platinum status and brought out Mayer's socially conscious side.
John Mayer Concert Films
Live at Soundstage - Part One
Runtime: 54 minJohn Mayer has become an emerging superstar without conforming to any single genre – sometimes bluesy, sometimes pop, sometimes rock, but always excellent. Writing incredible songs that appeal to a wide audience, he provides that rare common ground among listeners of all ages. With fan favorites like “No Such Thing,” “Why Georgia” and “Bigger than my Body,” Mayer rolls out nothing but the best for this Soundstage audience. Mayer has always had a special relationship with the blues, and he can count one of its greatest practitioners as a fan. In the first episode of this two-part Soundstage, the legendary Buddy Guy surprises viewers by joining Mayer midway through “Come Back To Bed,” and remains for and extended jam on “Damn Right I Got The Blues.” Other Mayer hits, including the blockbuster “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” also define this set.
Live at Soundstage - Part Two
Runtime: 54 minJohn Mayer’s convincing vocals, guitar virtuosity and compelling songwriting has earned him the respect of his contemporaries as well as significant radio airplay and a solid fan following. On the second part of this Soundstage episode, John Mayer continues his set with favorites “My Stupid Mouth,” “Neon” and the Grammy Award-winning Song of the Year “Daughters.” Towards the end of this episode Buddy Guy returns to end this show on a high note (literally). This time the roles are reversed as Buddy takes the lead on the classic blues “Feels Like Rain,” while Mayer steps back on guitar and lets the teacher do his thing.
Love for Levon: A Benefit To Save The Barn
Runtime: 2 hr 40 minIt only takes about 200 folks to rattle the rafters during one of the Midnight Rambles at Levon Helm's rustic studio in Woodstock, New York. But it took the 20,000-seat Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to hold his adoring fans for the LOVE FOR LEVON tribute concert on October 3, 2012. Helm, who died the previous April from throat cancer, organized his first Ramble back in 2004. People flocked to these intimate events Levon hosted, joined by an enviable core of Woodstock-based musicians and special guests. You couldn't beat the intimacy or the vibe. The Izod Center concert served as a fund-raiser and pledge to keep the Rambles alive. Dozens of luminaries from rock, soul, and country-artists as diverse as Roger Waters, Mavis Staples, and My Morning Jacket-gathered to pay their collective respects in an incredible final tribute to Levon Helm. This LOVE FOR LEVON extravaganza features 27 songs capped by a full group finale of The Weight, one of Levon's greatest moments on record. On this magical night, everyone felt the outpouring of love toward Levon. That evening, one at a time, or sometimes in pairs, music royalty took turns in the spotlight, performing songs associated with Levon Helm and the Band. Produced by Blackbird Presents blackbirdpresents.com
John Mayer Top Tracks
A Backyard Session with Brett Dennen
Runtime: 13 minSmoke And Mirrors is an odd title to sketch across the cover of Brett Dennen's 5th album. The tall, laid-back Californian has always brewed a batch of heartfelt, honest songwriting; a quality that seems more at the forefront than ever before. Born in the mountains around his cabin home, the three songs here bring with them a certain rustic ease. I suppose that's just what happens when your writing sessions are bookended by long hikes and cool dips in the lake. But the most obvious quality is just how personal Brett gets here, belting out anthems about staying true to ones' self, reminding us of the danger of overthinking things, or just declaring an anonymous love for someone. No Smoke, No Mirrors...just simple, acoustic honesty in our latest session.
Live Back Country
Five For Fighting
Runtime: 2 hr 18 minA musician's creative energy is truly captured in their live performance and Five For Fighting's new Live performance showcases just that. Recorded live at The House Of Blues, Five For Fighting's first live release is sprinkled with captivating tales and stories behind many of singer/songwriter John Ondrasik's favorite songs. The live album spans tracks from Five For Fighting's last three albums including their well-known hits ''Superman,'' ''100 Years,'' ''The Riddle,'' and ''Easy Tonight,'' along with many other gems. Finally, the lyrical storyboard of ''California Justice'' and acoustic rendering of ''If God Made You'' brings the performance to full circle.
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minEric Clapton performs 15 acoustic songs in this outstanding entry from the MTV "Unplugged" series. Included is the ode to his late son "Tears In Heaven," and selections from Clapton's three decades plus of recordings. Musicians contributing are Nathan East on bass, Steve Ferrone on drums, Chuck Leavell on keyboards, Andy Fairweather Low on guitar, and Ray Cooper on percussion. Backing vocals are provided by Tessa Niles, Katie Kissoon and Nathan East. Songs written by such blues heroes as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley are included in this award winning 1992 performance.
Live at Red Rocks
Runtime: 54 minThe Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado a legendary venue that has been graced by rock luminaries from The Beatles to U2 provides the awe-inspiring backdrop for Rob Thomas in one of the most memorable stops on his Something To Be Tour. Featuring the multi-platinum recording artist performing 18 hits from his solo career and Matchbox Twenty, this incredible set also includes a special acoustic arrangement of Smooth and a cover of the David Bowie classic Let's Dance.
Live in 2004
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minA jazz chanteuse with a taste for pop, country, and blues at their best, Norah Jones became an overnight sensation in 2002 with the release of her album Come Away With Me, which earned both critical acclaim and blockbuster sales. In 2004, Jones was touring in support of her well-received second album, Feels Like Home, when she and her band arrived at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium for a special concert appearance, which was captured by a camera crew for home-video release. Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004 features Jones joined by guests Dolly Parton and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, as well as former bandmates Kevin Breit and Richard Julian. Selections include "Don't Know Why," "Creepin' In," "The Prettiest Thing," and "Carnival Town."
Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy World Tour: Live
Runtime: 1 hr 59 minThis live film includes Keith performing 18 full songs in concert from his Love, Pain And The Whole Crazy World tour including favorites such as "Once In a Lifetime", "Stupid Boy" and the concert smash "You Look Good In My Shirt ." Features exclusive outtakes, in-studio footage of Keith re-recording his recent USA #1 hit "You Look Good In My Shirt,"
Runtime: 12 minInternational superstar, James Blunt, joins PausePlay to talk to us about touring with Ed Sheeran, being the creepiest singer he knows, stalking our host, and of course his great new album, the AfterLove.
Between the Line: Live at the Fillmore
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minMounted and shot live at the legendary Fillmore concert hall in San Francisco, California, this music set features the uniquely gifted, talented and beautiful young singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, an adult alternative musician frequently compared to Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. Danny Clinch and Pablo Cassaverde direct; selections include: "August Moon," "City," "Love Song," "Bottle it Up" and many more. As an extension of the concert itself, the program takes viewers behind the scenes, both during the days leading up to the gig and backstage at the actual concert, and provides a gentle biographical portrait of the recording artist.
Live At Hangout Music Fest 2014
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minAmos Lee is an American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. Lee's "folksy, bluesy sound" has been compared to that of John Prine and Norah Jones. His music is said to utilize the "supple funk of his vocals and arid strum of his guitar" while recalling "the low-volume, early-'70s acoustic soul of stars like Bill Withers and Minnie Ripperton." The “Live At Hangout Music Fest 2014” concert experience catches Amos Lee performing the all-time favorites as “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight, ” “Tricksters, Hucksters and Scamps,” “Southern Girl,” “Street Corner Preacher,” and many more including a great cover of the “Fat Bottomed Girls / Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minFresh off breaking the record for longest running single on the Billboard Hot 100 (75 weeks and counting), Jason Mraz follows up his platinum selling 2008 release WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS. with a brand new release, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH. This full-length concert was filmed at Jason's Gratitude Café Tour date at the Charter One Pavilion - Chicago (August 13, 2009). Directed by Darren Doane, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH includes 3 brand new songs as well as the hits - The Remedy, I'm Yours, and Lucky (with a special guest appearance from Colbie Caillat).
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minIn the summer of 2008 Jack Johnson took a trip through Europe playing everywhere from historical venues to classic outdoor stages making it the biggest tour of his career. The film is a collection of live performances with Jack's quartet along with special appearances by G. Love, Ben Harper, Mason Jennings, Neil Halstead and Matt Costa. Through weathering the stormy nights in Newquay to surfing on a river in Germany, to playing the packed house in London's Hyde Park, the film takes you on a trip and captures the connection between an audience and an artist on an international stage. This is more than a compilation of performances, this is an intimate look at Jack Johnson, his life on the road, and the unique dialogue he has with his fans.
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minMulti platinum singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw is no stranger to the road, and this live concert event brings home all the action from his sold out summer tour with Colbie Caillat. Filmed in Lancaster, CA in August, this show features Gavin performing hit songs off of his latest album Sweeter, including “Not Over You” and his latest single “Soldier”, plus all his greatest hits: “I Don’t Want To Be”, “Follow Through”, “Chariot” and more. DeGraw says, “I had such a great time on the road this summer, I wanted to share my live show experience with my fans. I hope they love it!”
Runtime: 1 hr 59 minJames Taylor is more than the definitive singer-songwriter—he's an American treasure. Pull Over captures James at the height of his craft, features his greatest hits, fan favorites and a look ahead at his 2002 album October Road.
Dave Matthews Band
Runtime: 2 hr 16 minThis film follows the Dave Matthews Band to Brixton Academy in London, on June 26, 2009. Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Boyd Tinsley, Jeff Coffin, Tim Reynolds, and Rashawn Ross perform in front of a sold-out crowd and serve up fan favorites "Crash Into Me," "Funny the Way It Is," "#41," and many more.