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Live album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2005
RecordedSeptember 21–22, 2005
GenreBlues rock
ProducerSteve Jordan
John Mayer
John Mayer Trio chronology
Singles from Try!
  1. "Who Did You Think I Was"
    Released: September 13, 2005

Try! is the first live album by the John Mayer Trio. It was released by Columbia Records on November 22, 2005. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The artwork for the album was done by Seattle graphic design firm, Ames Bros.


  • Title track from Try!. The song is the last before the encore, and features an extended jam session towards the end. This sample is taken from that section.
  • From the album Try! The first single, "Who Did You Think I Was?," lyrically underscores Mayer's decision to move away from acoustic pop music and towards blues, with lines such as, "Got a brand new blues that I can't explain."[1] This sample features an extended electric guitar solo.
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The trio features John Mayer (guitar/lead vocals), Pino Palladino (bass), and Steve Jordan (drums/backup vocals). Unlike previous efforts by John Mayer, Try! focuses on popular blues renditions rather than adult-contemporary pop songs. The CD includes two cover songs, "Wait Until Tomorrow" by Jimi Hendrix, and "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles; two of Mayer's previous album, Heavier Things' songs, "Daughters" and "Something's Missing"; and also showcased two songs from Mayer's then forthcoming album, Continuum, "Vultures" and "Gravity".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
Blender3/5 stars [3]
The Daily VaultA [4]
Entertainment WeeklyB− [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars [6]
The Village Voice(favorable) [7]

Critical response to the album was mixed, with most critics being impressed with Mayer's progression and Palladino and Jordan's musicianship, while still being underwhelmed. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone said, "over most of these sixty-three minutes [of the album], Mayer proves he can bowl you over, not just make your knees weak," ultimately giving the album three out of five stars.[8] Katy Hastey of Billboard found that "while "Try!" is brimming with talent, it's not consistently compelling."[9] People magazine heartily praised the album, concluding, "Here's hoping Mayer keeps this new groove going for his next solo disc."[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."Who Did You Think I Was"John Mayer3:09
2."Good Love Is on the Way"Mayer, Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino4:50
3."Wait Until Tomorrow" (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)Jimi Hendrix4:14
5."Vultures"Mayer, Jordan, Palladino5:19
6."Out of My Mind"Mayer7:39
7."Another Kind of Green"Mayer4:39
8."I Got a Woman" (Ray Charles cover)Ray Charles, Renald Richard7:40
9."Something's Missing"Mayer6:56
11."Try"Mayer, Jordan, Palladino6:52
Total length:63:23



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Bird, Rick (2007-06-21). "Mayer slings his guitar on 'Continuum' tour". The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. p. T3. Retrieved 2007-06-25.
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2005-11-22). "Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert - John Mayer,John Mayer Trio | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2006-02-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Daily Vault Music Reviews :". 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  5. ^ Johnson, Beth (2005-11-21). "Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert". Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2013-03-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "New Wonderland: John Mayer Trio". Robert Christgau. 2005-12-13. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  8. ^ Hoard, Christian (2005-12-01), "Mr. Chops". Rolling Stone. (988):126
  9. ^ Cohen, Jonathan; Hasty, Katie (2005-11-26), "Try! John Mayer Trio Live in Concert". Billboard. 117 (48):64-65
  10. ^ (2005-12-12), "John Mayer Trio". People. 64 (24):46
  11. ^ "American album certifications – John mayer Trio – Trio!". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.