On Tour | Mayer Hawthorne, The Heavy

After his breakout in 2009, throwback soul singer Mayer Hawthorne is on a national tour with backing band The County, and headed our way.  Mayer’s sound is an authentic brand of neo-soul that proves his Motown background, which is exemplified in his popular debut A Strange Arrangement, which quickly became one of my favorite albums of the last two years.

Though he played almost all of the instruments on the album, Mayer is accompanied on the road by The County, a full backing band that tactfully fleshes out Mayer’s compositions in person. Mayer Hawthorne & The County are joined by The Heavy who will co-headline 9 of the show dates (see tour dates below for details).

One of the songs in particular from A Strange Arrangement, is a gem, and one that I listen to so frequently, I’m afraid to over post my love for it.   Your Easy Lovin Ain’t Pleasin could compete in my eyes for one of my favorite songs to listen of all time.  I hate to put that much pressure on a song, but I swear that song can cure cancer.  It’s just a great throwback song, that will make you get up and dance… pure pure love there.

Mayer will be here in Boston next tuesday at the Paradise with his backing band the County, and co headliners the Heavy… which became famous(er) from their commercial success of their song How You Like Me Now? which you might recognize from car commercials.

This show is going to be fantastic, and I couldn’t recommend it more.

Buy the Album, listen to it, and I’ll see you at the show.


15-Oct FRI     Toronto, ONT  Opera House
16-Oct SAT     Philadelphia, PA  Theatre of Living Arts  *
17-Oct SUN    New York, NY  Webster Hall *
18-Oct MON   Brooklyn, NY  Music Hall of Williamsburg  *
19-Oct TUE    Boston, MA  Paradise Lounge  *
21-Oct THU    Washington DC  Black Cat  *
22-Oct FRI     Atlanta, GA  Masquerade  *
23-Oct SAT    Birmingham, AL The BottleTree  *
24-Oct SUN    Nashville TN  Mercy Lounge  *
25-Oct MON   Asheville, NC   The Orange Peel  *
27-Oct WED   Chicago, IL  Park West
28-Oct THU    Columbus, OH  The Basement
29-Oct FRI     Cleveland OH   Grog Shop
30-Oct SAT    Madison, WI  Memorial Union Theater

1-Nov MON    Indianapolis IN  The Vogue
2-Nov TUE     Minneapolis, MN  Varsity Theater
3-Nov WED    Lawrence, KS  Bottleneck
4-Nov THU     Boulder, CO  Fox Theatre
5-Nov FRI      Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
7-Nov SUN     Seattle, WA  Neumo’s
8-Nov MON    Vancouver, BC  Biltmore Cabaret
9-Nov TUE     Portland, OR  Aladdin Theatre
11-Nov THU   San Francisco, CA Bimbo’s 365 Club
12-Nov FRI     Los Angeles, CA The Music Box (Henry Fonda Theatre)