However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, and ultimately forced him to cancel the planned tour.Even so, the album enjoyed a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work."I will say as a songwriter that I think it's kind of cheap songwriting," he says."I know she's the biggest thing in the world, and I'm not trying to sink anybody's ship, but I think it's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ' Wait till he gets a load of this!After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs—refining his skills and gaining a following.After his appearance at the 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and then Columbia Records, which released his first EP, Inside Wants Out.
The album is named for where he lives in Montana and features country music influences.That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a number-one grossing tour.After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on a follow-up album, called Born and Raised, that would draw inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon." When asked about the song's line, "Don't you think I was too young to be messed with?" Mayer says, "I don't want to go into that."Mayer also takes issue with "Dear John" as a musician.His following two full-length albums—Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003)—did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status.