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John Mayer and Phillip Phillips In New Orleans, December 7, 2013 – Debbie Ray’s Review

Let me begin by saying that I have always enjoyed John Mayer’s music. ‘Your Body is a Wonderland,’ and ‘Daughters,’ come too mind right away. I knew his reputation as a bit of a cad when it comes to romance, too. What I didn’t know is what a great guitar player he is!

When he played the New Orleans Arena Saturday, December 7, 2013, he blew me away. You would never know that he had recently undergone multiple throat surgeries and couldn’t speak, much less sing, for months while his vocal cords healed. He sounded terrific- his range and tone were beautiful and smooth. Interestingly, though, he skipped over quite a few of the big hits, including the two songs I mentioned earlier. His rendition of Tom Petty’s ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’ and his encore ‘Gravity’ were two moments I will remember for a long time.

The opening act, Phillip Phillips has developed into a good performer, too, much more interesting than he was on ‘American Idol’-  although I remember saying “We already have John Mayer” when he was on the television show! It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

Mayer also did something that I thought was very classy. At the end of the show, they ran credits, like at the end of a movie. The long list of support personnel even included a whole page of bus and truck drivers. It was nice to see a big act like that show appreciation publicly for the regular guys!

Here are two videos of two of my favorite songs from the show. Enjoy!

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