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John Mayer Samples Possible Country Career With New Song ‘Shadow Days’

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Perhaps guitar-slinging favorite John Mayer was a little more impacted by his time with Taylor Swift than he originally thought. Though the ‘Heartbreak Warfare’ singer hasn’t quite gone country, he just released a clip from his upcoming single ‘Shadow Days,’ and we detect a bit of a twang in there. The single is the first from Mayer’s impending record ‘Born and Raised,’ which doesn’t yet have an official release date.

In this one-minute clip, you can get a feel for how Mayer’s lyrics fit the more countrified feel. “Well I ain’t no troublemaker/ And I never meant her harm,” he sings, later jumping into the chorus: “I’m a good man, with a good heart/ Had a tough time, got a rough start.” It all culminates with the line, “But my shadow days are over.”

Like country crooner Keith Urban, Mayer underwent a throat surgery that resulted in a period of complete vocal rest. But now he’s back and gearing up for the release of this record. On his Tumblr page he told fans, “I’m excited to share the first bit of sound from the album … Been looking forward to a post like this since October 14, 2010, the first day I started writing this group of songs. Enjoy.”

This record has obviously long been in the works, and while definitive details are hard to come by, rumors circulated in 2010 that one of Mayer’s acquaintances suggested he was formulating a comeback of some sort to Swift’s open criticism of him in her song ‘Dear John.’ How and if he will do this, however, remains to be seen.

Listen to a Clip of John Mayer’s ‘Shadow Days’

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