Thursday 23 February 2012
Mayer’s debut LP A Strange Arrangement lit a fire across the world with its faithful interpretation of classic genres including soul, blues, country, doo-wop and rock n’ roll. Earlier in 2011, he released a free EP of covers including works originally by Chromeo (who have also remixed current single ‘A Long Time’), Isley Brothers, ELO and more.
Recently performing his new single ‘The Walk’ live on Late Night ‘s Conan and Letterman shows, Mayer Hawthorne is confirming what the underground has known for years — this singer/producer can channel the best of soul, funk, disco and yacht rock into an inimitable 2012 blend. How Do You Do? is a far greater amalgamation of his influences (like Brian Wilson, Michael Macdonald and Marvin Gaye) than his debut and is responsible for spawning the incredibly popular heart shaped vinyl single ‘Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out’.
Performing with his live band, Mayer Hawthorne will once again take centre stage for a soulful performance that has already swept New Zealand audiences off their feet once.
“His band was amazingly tight and Hawthorne’s vocals were almost richer and more impressive than on record. He is an impressive showman, chatting away to the audience throughout the set.” — stuff.co.nz
“Mayer Hawthorne and the County's sound is the future of soul music.” — NZ Herald