Listen: John Mayer - "Paper Doll"

"Paper Doll" is the rather unexpected but completely welcome new track from John Mayer and his upcoming --date TBA -- fall album Paradise Valley (Columbia). Mayer is currently wrapping up the new project in the studio with Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt) prior to heading out in early July on an extensive 40-concert U.S. tour (see dates below). Mayer's tour will also bring awareness -- and financial support -- to American veterans suffering from the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress. Mayer's tour and new album comes on the heels of his 2012 critically-praised, bestselling album Born and Raised, an album he described as "more organic, more natural lyrics and chords and artful simplicity." The new "Paper Doll" echoes that mindset with a gentle rhythmic pulse ans ringing guitar lines that flow with an ease reminiscent of Paul Simon's Graceland.

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Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer released "Paper Doll" today, the first single from his forthcoming

Paradise Valley. Mayer first shared news of a new album through his tumblr blog on May 2.  John is currently in the studio finishing the album, which he and longtime collaborator Don Was are producing. Was has worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt. 

 

Columbia Records previously announced that Mayer will kick off his first tour in three years on July 6, in Milwaukee.  The 40-stop U.S tour continues through early October, before heading to Europe for eight sold-out arena shows in four countries.  Mayer hits South America for the first time--Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro--in mid-September and all three shows are sold out.  He will also be performing at Philadelphia's annual Fourth of July Jam.

 

Mayer will use the U.S. tour to both raise funds for and heighten awareness of the effects of post traumatic stress on our military veterans.  One dollar from each tour ticket sold in the United States will go to the Northern California Institute for Research and Education.  Mayer partnered with NCIRE two years ago to create programs that help veterans return to healthy and productive civilian lives.

 

Mayer's previous albums-Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum, live album Where the Light Is, Battle Studies and Born and Raised-have sold 20 million copies worldwide combined.  He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations.  He has also been included in Time Magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Guitar" issue.  Last year, he was honored in Washington, D.C. by the Recording Academy for his philanthropic work on behalf of both U.S. military veterans and young people interested in music. 

 

John Mayer Born and Raised World Tour 2013

7/4       Philadelphia, PA                     Wawa Welcome America Festival: Fourth of July Jam

7/6       Milwaukee, WI                       Summerfest- Marcus Amphitheater               

7/7       Maryland Heights, MO           Verizon Wireless Amphitheater- St. Louis    

7/9       Cincinnati, OH                        Riverbend Music Center                                

7/10     Bonner Springs, KS                Cricket Wireless Amphitheater                      

7/12     The Woodlands, TX                The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion           

7/13     Dallas, TX                               Gexa Energy Pavilion                                    

7/16     Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheatre

7/17     Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheatre                  

7/19     Ridgefield, WA                       Sleep Country Amphitheater                         

7/20     George, WA                            The Gorge                                                      

7/22     Paso Robles, CA                     California Mid State Fair                               

7/24     Wheatland, CA                       Sleep Train Amphitheatre                              

7/26     Mountain View, CA                Shoreline Amphitheatre                                 

7/27     Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheater                        

8/6       Cuyahoga Falls, OH                Blossom Music Center                                   

8/7       Clarkston, MI                          DTE Energy Music Theatre                           

8/9       Tinley Park, IL                        First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre                

8/10     Noblesville, IN                        Klipsch Music Center                                    

8/11     Springfield, IL                         Illinois State Fair                                            

8/13     Darien, NY                              Darien Lake Performing Arts Center             

8/14     Toronto, ON                            Molson Canadian Amphitheatre                    

8/16     Hartford, CT                            Comcast Theatre                                            

8/17     Mansfield, MA                        Comcast Center

8/18     Gilford, NH                             Meadowbrook                                    

8/20     Bethel, NY                              Bethel Woods Center for the Arts                 

8/21     Holmdel, NJ                            PNC Bank Arts Center                                  

8/23     Camden, NJ                             Susquehanna Bank Center                             

8/24     Virginia Beach, VA                 Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach             

8/25     Burgettstown, PA                    First Niagara Pavilion                                    

8/27     Allentown, PA                        The Great Allentown Fair                              

8/28     Wantagh, NY                          Nikon at Jones Beach Theater                                   

8/30     Saratoga Springs, NY             Saratoga Performing Arts Center                  

8/31     Bristow, VA                            Jiffy Lube Live                                              

9/1       Atlantic City, NJ                     Borgata Resort Spa and Casino Event Center           

9/4       Charlotte, NC                         Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte     

9/5       Raleigh, NC                            Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek  

9/7       Tampa, FL                               Live Nation Amphitheater

9/8       West Palm Beach, FL             Cruzan Amphitheatre                                     

9/17     Buenos Aires, Argentina         Luna Park                                                       

9/19     Sao Paulo, Brazil                    Anhembi Arena

9/21     Rio De Janeiro, Brazil             Rock in Rio                                                    

9/27     Atlanta, GA                            Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood              

10/1     Albuquerque, NM                   Isleta Amphitheater                                       

10/2     Phoenix, AZ                            Desert Sky Pavilion                                       

10/4     San Diego, CA                        Sleep Train Amphitheatre                              

10/5     Los Angeles, CA                     Hollywood Bowl       

10/15   Herning, Denmark                   Jayske Bank Boxen

10/16   Frederiksberg, Denmark          Forum Copenhagen

10/17   Oslo, Norway                          Oslo Spektrum

10/20   London, UK                            O2 Arena

10/22   Amsterdam, Netherlands        Ziggo Dome

10/23   Amsterdam, Netherlands        Heineken Music Hall

10/24   Amsterdam, Netherlands        Heineken Music Hall

10/26   London, UK                            Wembley Arena