John Mayer has every right to sing the blues, as the crooner can't sing at all thanks to a returning throat condition.
Mayer spent the bulk of 2011 recovering from a granuloma, an inflammation, in this case in tissue where his vocal cords touch, only to make a triumphant return at the top of the year with a completed album and a slate of U.S. tour dates.
Sadly, his conditioned has returned, and Mayer has been advised to take an indefinite vocal rest to ensure proper healing.
"I’m pretty emotionally burnt out at the moment, but please know how hard I tried to resolve this and how disappointed I am that I can't perform this record yet," he wrote to fans on his blog.
"The only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it's a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances."
The new record, "Born and Raised," will be released as planned May 22. While Mayer will go silent for an undetermined amount of time, he says writing his next record will be his saving grace.
"I feel really vibrant as a writer at the moment and there's no reason not to begin the next album project in the time I would have been touring. Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence, so I hope you’ll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully," he said.
The first single, "Shadow Days," hit radio earlier this month, but there's no word on what modified promotion Mayer might participate in. Here's wishing a speedy recovery, John.
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: John Mayer at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times