The album is named for where he lives in Montana and features country music influences.By 2014, he had sold a total of over 20 million albums worldwide.In February 2003, Mayer released a live CD and DVD of a concert in Birmingham, Alabama titled Any Given Thursday, which included songs previously not recorded, such as "Man on the Side", "Something's Missing", and Covered in Rain".Commercially, the album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart.Erik Crawford of All Music asked, "Is [Mayer] the consummate guitar hero exemplified when he plays a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Lenny', or is he the teen idol that the pubescent girls shriek for after he plays 'Your Body Is a Wonderland?'" The album was commercially successful, and while it did not sell as well as Room for Squares, it peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield.He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook.
On February 9, 2009, Mayer told Ellen De Generes that he thought he should not have won the Grammy for Song of the year because he thought that Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" was the better song.
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.
With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out.
Even so, the album enjoyed a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work.
After extensive treatments for his vocal problems—and a two-year hiatus—Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released the album, Paradise Valley.