Originally posted by Frank Prince
Ok, I just saw it. I've been a good boy and stayed out of the John Mayer salad-tossing threads, but now I gotta say it again.
I just don't see what the big deal is.
Maybe these legends like Buddy Guy and Scofield are all totally impressed with something I'm not seeing, but based on this performance, the one I saw with Buddy Guy, and some live takes I heard with Mayer's own band, this guy really ain't all that. I just don't hear the "elite" class guitar playing that people are talking about, and I thought the vocals were weak, too. I'm no great fan of Robben Ford's vocals, but I'd rather hear him sing a tune like this than JM, and never even mind the guitar playing comparison.
Scofield totally brought the funk on this one. Mayer "sang" it, and sort of moved his hand around on the guitar a bit, and then traded a couple of generic SRV bluesboy licks with Sco. I just don't see what the big fuss is. He had a nice tone, but that was about it.
I also FIRMLY believe that if it was just Sco doing the Ray Charles Tribute with no John Mayer, there would have been no Jay Leno appearance either.
Sco was killer, though. I haven't listened to any of his stuff for a while. He had a really honking, greasy, hornlike tone with that 335 and what looked like an AC30, played fonky-ass rhythm, and then busted some slippery blues with tasty outside surprises. Noyce!