Is John Mayer becoming country music’s greatest muse?

On a recent episode of our Whiskey Riff Raff podcast this month, Parker McCollum shared some of his most interesting and notable experiences on his rise to country stardom.

As well as opening up to both the chef and King George, McCollum added:

“There are only three men in the world who make my heart skip a beat when I’m here talking to them…”

Surprisingly, he did not note the two previously mentioned men, but added:

“John Mayer is up there.”

McCollum continued the conversation about Mayer saying he felt John MayerThe songwriting of was underrated and that it “doesn’t get the credit it deserves”.

Later in the interview, Parker even credits John Mayer directly as the source of his own songwriting ingenuity, stating that listening to Mayer’s music often created a muse for McCollum to write his own lines afterward.

In fact, Parker is such a huge John Mayer fan that he even released his own cover of Mayer’s “Perfectly Lonely” just a few months ago as an Amazon exclusive.

Surprisingly, Parker McCollum isn’t the only country music headliner to feel the same way about John Mayer’s acoustics and libretto.

In a May 2021 interview on Ernest’s Podcast, Just be Ernest, Jordan Davis and Ernest also discuss the overall impact of Mayer’s music, jokingly asking “who would not want to be John Mayer. Turns out, plenty of other country music stars agree.

John Mayer is so popular among country music stars, in fact, that two country music superstars have collaborated with him for episodes of Carrefour CMT.

In 2004, John Mayer and Brad Paisley were on a Crossroads CMT special together, just a few years after the two artists burst onto their respective music scenes.

And then in 2010, Mayer returned for another episode of Crossroads, this time with Keith Urban.

And it turns out that Parker McCollum isn’t even the only guy from the Texas music scene who appreciates Mayer’s work: on his 2015 album Underdog, Aaron Watson included a cover of Mayer’s 2013 hit “Wildfire”.

Hell, lindsay ell even released their own version of Mayer’s entire album in 2006 Continuous. Released in 2018, The Continuum Project was actually Lindsay’s homework from her producer before recording her first studio album.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland, who produced Ell’s debut album, asked her what her favorite album was, and she named Mayer’s Continuous. He then told her to go into the studio and record the whole album herself: the instruments, the vocals, the production, everything herself.

So that’s what she did. And when fans heard the story, of course they wanted to hear the album.

So yes, John Mayer had quite a bit of influence on country music.

Her melodies, tagged from soft rock to blues to R&B, managed to inspire rising stars across the country, leaving us pondering her role as country music’s most underrated muse.

And who can forget when Mayer came out Chris Stapleton for this amazing performance of a brand new song they had just written at his concert in Nashville a few years ago:

Looks like even country music’s greatest muse is inspired by Chris Stapleton.

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