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Mayer croons his way into Deniliquin hearts

John Mayer wooed Deni Blues & Roots Festival goers on Saturday night.

SHAUN CONNOR April 22, 2014 3:45am

John Mayer (pictured) became the latest megastar to conquer the Conargo Plains at the Deni Blues & Roots Festival on Saturday night.

Waiting to be wooed by the sweet-voiced American rocker since he was first announced on the fledgling festival’s line-up back in October, adoring fans did not leave the site disappointed and were gifted a 1 hour spectacular.

Wearing the draping overcoat we have so often seen in the build-up to this performance, Mayer was every bit the stirring rocker he has developed into since starting out more than a decade ago.

Although the overcoat may be just for show, it became necessary on Saturday night as the temperature plunged below 15°C and the cold Deniliquin winds picked up.

But with a soundcheck done 12 hours earlier at 9am, Mayer’s top-notch headline performance went off without a hitch.

The Waiting For The World To Change singer strummed on different guitars throughout the set, appearing first with a black and white electric Fender before swapping to an acoustic six string.

In just the first few seconds, the twangy guitars and stomping clap-driven beat of Wildfire, the second single off last year’s Paradise Valley album, established a true blues setting for Mayer’s performance.

As the night wore on and the set heated up, the Grammy Award-winning artist eventually took off his coat, and it signalled a more relaxed Mayer who began to interact with the crowd.

Those who were unsure about Mayer before Saturday night were won over by a perfect song selection from each of his six studio albums, while those who were already fans fell a little bit deeper for the famed ladies’ man.

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