Reporting Annie Reuter
Last month, John Mayer announced that his followup to Born And Raised is on its way. In a video titled “Studio Session No. 3″ released last week, Mayer gave a glimpse into the first single off his forthcoming album Paradise Valley.
In the clip we see Mayer in the studio putting the final touches on his new single “Paper Doll.” He grabs an acoustic guitar as he hums the lyrics while producer Don Was ( who as previously produced albums for a pair of Mayer’s idols, The Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt) looks on.
The song “Paper Doll” embodies the Mayer sound we’re familiar with. His smooth vocals are heard above his distinct guitar playing. “Paper doll come try it on/Step outside of that black chiffon/Here’s a dress of gold and blue/Sure was fun being good to you,” he sings at the track’s opening.
While fans have been attempting to decipher the lyrics, whether the track may allude to former flames Taylor Swift or Katy Perry is unclear. “You’re like 22 girls in one and none of them know what they’re running from/Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?” he sings on the chorus.
The single is currently available on iTunes.
Paradise Valley marks Mayer’s first album since undergoing throat surgery last year. As he finalizes his next release, Mayer heads out on the road this summer for his Born and Raised World Tour. The tour will both raise funds for and raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. Mayer partnered with the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, a veteran’s health research institute, who will get $1 from each ticket sold.
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
8/16 - 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
9/27 - 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