Think you know rock? Like John Mayer? Check out Mayer’s blues trio

johnmayerIf you’re an average person whose music appreciation barely extends beyond popular radio, you probably don’t know that rock ‘n’ roll evolved from the blues, and even if you’re a dedicated John Mayer fan, you probably don’t know that Mayer was part of the John Mayer Trio, a blues group that released a stellar live album, “Try!”, in 2005.

To really appreciate rock ‘n’ roll, one must grasp the rockabilly of the blues. John Mayer — a highly successful soft rock singer-songwriter — gets back to his roots in his blues trio, which includes bassist Pino Palladino and dummer Steve Jordan. While the blues originated in Southern African American folk music toward the end of the 19th century, the genre picked up key jazz and rhythm elements before gradually evolving into the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s and 60s.

For anyone who wants to appreciate the blues and love John Mayer even more than before, check out this really great piece by the Trio: “Catfish Blues,” a rhythmic piece that sounds like it was improvised on the spot:

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