By 2005, he was collaborating with blues artists such as B. He also won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change".That album was followed by Battle Studies in 2009, a return to pop, with a number-one grossing tour.The album is named for where he lives in Montana and features country music influences.
Mayer again recorded live concerts across seven nights of his U. A few months later, a "best of" CD was compiled from the As/Is nights.He is a watch aficionado (with a collection he values in the "tens of millions" of dollars), and has been on the jury at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. When Mayer was seventeen, he was stricken with cardiac dysrhythmia and was hospitalized for a weekend.Reflecting on the incident, Mayer said, "That was the moment the songwriter in me was born", and he penned his first lyrics the night he left the hospital.Mayer's secondary career pursuits extend to television hosting, comedy, and writing; he has authored columns for magazines such as Esquire.He supports various causes and has performed at charity benefits. According to Mayer, his fascination with Vaughan started a "genealogical hunt" that led him to other blues guitarists, including Buddy Guy, B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Otis Rush and Lightnin' Hopkins.For the opening track, "Back To You", a full band was enlisted, including the EP's co-producer David "De La" La Bruyere on bass guitars.