Can you imagine a Boston University graduate who majored in history now playing music to packed houses and audiences with rapt attention? It’s not hard at all to figure out if it’s Brendan Mayer, very talented guitarist, singer/songwriter and son of Peter Mayer, who we all know is Jimmy Buffett’s lead guitarist.
I had a chance recently to chat with Brendan and it was a real treat to interview a second generation of Mayers. Last summer I was fortunate to talk with his dad Peter and I must say that graciousness is a trait that father and son share.
When Brendan and I spoke, he had been over at his dad’s home, working on a duo project. The two of them have been playing and touring for several months now, and they received a great deal of requests to record an album together. So, they’re giving fans what they want and the CD will hopefully be released by early summer. Brendan told me that there are brand new songs, a couple of covers and some of Peter’s older songs that have been adapted for a fresh, new sound.
So, what’s it like to grow up in such a musical family as Brendan Mayer’s? He said there were always guitars laying around the house and he has many memories of his dad, Uncle Jim Mayer and Roger Guth (Jimmy Buffett’s drummer) writing and playing music together.
Brendan chuckled as he told a story about himself when he was three or four years old and was caught jumping up and down on a guitar. Oops! By age seven or eight, however, he decided to officially learn the guitar. His family was living in St. Louis at the time and was fortunate to take lessons from his dad Peter’s former guitar teacher. What a great opportunity! He admitted to getting tired of practicing, but was quick to add that he’s so thankful his family made him practice.
The past couple of years he has performed many more duo shows with his dad. He said that “it takes a while to learn how to collaborate with people – even my dad.” I expressed my awe of their set performed at the Lone Star Luau in early February. The two of them ended the performance with an unplugged song and the crowd was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. Brendan agreed that when they end their shows in that manner, it provides an “intimacy you can’t replicate.”
I asked about the merger of Mayer/ Kirby/ Mayer at Meeting of the Minds a couple of years ago. Were you there when they recorded “Casa Cayo Hueso” live at the Casa Marina? Brendan told me that his dad and Scott Kirby have toured together for the last five years and that he was invited to sit in with them for one song quite a while ago. Scott and Peter wrote “Casa Cayo Hueso” a couple of weeks before the annual Parrot Head convention (Meeting of the Minds), especially for the crowd and occasion. He looks forward to more collaboration as Mayer/ Kirby/ Mayer.
We chatted about Trop Rock music and Brendan Mayer says the fans are great – loyal and supportive. We agreed that Trop Rock performers support each other and he expressed that “Everyone truly roots for each other, collaborates and wants all to win.” As for the future, Brendan is ready to work on a new solo album as a follow up to his previous EP, “Getaway Car.” He plans to keep touring with his dad as well as on his own.
This truly talented young man says he is “thankful every day for the opportunities that have been presented to me.”
Don’t pass up an opportunity to hear Brendan Mayer! Stay tuned to Brendan’s Twitter feed for tour and music details.