John Mayer discusses the rules of songwriting, discovering new music and more on new podcast series

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Monday, May 18, 2020

Seven-time GRAMMY® winner John Mayer joins award-winning guitarist/producer Eric Krasno on his new podcast series. Presented by Osiris Media, ERIC KRASNO PLUS ONE sees the renowned musician hosting a one-of-a-kind interview series exploring the lives and work of some of his closest friends and musical collaborators.

In this episode, Krasno and Mayer discuss discovering new music, how the role of being a fan has changed, and the importance of writing a hit song. Mayer explains the four rules he applies to the songs he’s working on, what he means when he describes a song as “Sally in the alley”, and how he approaches songwriting as he gets older. Krasno and Mayer get deep on guitar players like Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and he tells Krasno about that time he talked to Eric Clapton about The Dead. 

At the end of the episode, Krasno plays "Inside Friend," a collaboration between John Mayer and Leon Bridges.

John Mayer is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He earned his first career Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body is a Wonderland" in 2002. Mayer continues to retool his sound with each album, and remains one of music’s most popular songwriters.

Additional episodes will follow each and every Monday featuring an array of very special guests, including Questlove, which will be released June 15.

ERIC KRASNO PLUS ONE is available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and through the official Osiris website.

For nearly two decades, Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music, from his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded) to his GRAMMY® Award-winning work as a producer and songwriter for artists like Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone, to name but a few. As if that weren’t enough, the New York-based artist has proven an invaluable session player and touring musician alongside the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer, Oteil & Friends, and The Roots.

Along with their work together on stage and in the studio, Krasno has spent countless hours sharing stories with these incredible artists and these intimate moments have become some of his most cherished memories. ERIC KRASNO PLUS ONE now allows fans everywhere to join behind-the-scenes conversations, with topics spanning early inspirations to discussions about the state of the music industry, the challenges of life on the road, and much more.

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Ep 2: Laura Lee (OUT NOW)

Ep 3. Marcus King (OUT NOW)

Ep 4: Chris Robinson (OUT NOW)

Ep 5: Emily King (OUT NOW)

Ep 6: John Mayer (AIRS TODAY)

Ep 7: Mac Ayres

Ep 8: John Scofield

Ep 9: Derek Trucks

Ep. 10: Questlove