Chris Stapleton took the stage with John Mayer in Nashville, and moments into a new song, Stapleton definitely heated things up as indicated by the audience response. Reportedly the song the two did together, “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care”, was written one day before the show. How did Mayer do up on stage with the music icon?
In my opinion, not so well. Mayer’s voice seems to have changed noticeably after surgery done in 2011 for granuloma “just above his vocal cord.” Every time I’ve seen Mayer on video shot in a live setting, he just doesn’t have that magical husky sound I fell in love with in the early years of his career.
That said, the song “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care” definitely stays with you. It’s pretty much pop, but Stapleton and Mayer have both explored different genres in their successful careers.
If you watch the video, you’ll see what I’m talking about. When Stapleton begins to sing (at 2:26), the crowd goes wild. That voice is in a league of its own, with an amazing range and character that stops you in your tracks.
You can also see another video of Stapleton and Mayer doing “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.”
It’s possible the sound had an impact on the overall quality. It looks like these recordings were done by individuals in the audience, and big arenas aren’t exactly sound-friendly when it comes to lo-tech recording. So that may be one reason Mayer’s voice sounded a bit ragged to me. In the beginning of “I Just Remembered…” it almost seemed Mayer couldn’t hear himself because the rhythm seemed off before he adjusted a bit later.
It looks like “I Just Remembered…” is headed for top of the charts once it’s officially recorded.
(Kay B. Day/Aug. 13, 2019)
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