JOHN MAYER – Sob Rock (2021)

JOHN MAYER’s savvy use of Instagram and TikTok has made him one of the very few over-40 vocalists / guitar wizards playing classic rock to connect with kids from the generation (or two) behind his.
From its picture-perfect album cover with an ’80s-like artwork, Mayer’s new CD “Sob Rock” and its mix of classic riffs with poppy melodies cleverly attract fans from that decade and much younger people as well.
“Killer new track John,” Steve Lukather of TOTO wrote in a comment on Mayer’s June 9 Instagram post about “Sob Rock” and its lead single, “Last Train Home.” Lukather went on to praise Mayer’s “tasty playing” and to say that “Last Train Home” had the makings of “a smash” — the ultimate proof of concept for Mayer’s homage to the era of soulful white dudes, pastel color schemes and Bret Easton Ellis bestsellers.
Mayer recruited ’80s studio standouts which worked with TOTO like keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, percussionist Lenny Castro, bassist Pino Palladino…