According to Mayer, he met his mates while rehearsing for the Tsunami Aid benefit. Jordan, who had been working with Mayer already, suggested that Palladino play with them for the show. During rehearsal, “something happened that I had hoped my entire life would happen,” said Mayer, “which is that thing about how a band got together for the first time, and everyone in the room just knew there was something special.”

The revelation set Mayer off on a songwriting spree for his new band, which will tour this Autumn.

Shows begin with a two-day stint at The Fillmore in San Francisco on September 6 and 7. The trio then heads to shows in Los Angeles and San Diego. They will then play Denver on September 17, with shows in Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee over the following week.

John Mayer Trio hits the South with a show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on September 26. From there, they will play major cities below the Mason-Dixon Line up until an October 3 date in Washington. They will then play in Cleveland, New York, and Boston, finishing the tour on October 12 with a show in Philadelphia.

The trio won’t be alone on this tour either. The shows on October 3, 10, and 12 will be opening up for none other than The Rolling Stones. Also, select shows will feature Ray LaMontagne and Joss Stone as special guests, with other support acts to be announced. John Mayer Trio recently appeared at the 2005 Grammy Awards, where they played Mayer’s song “Daughters,” for which Mayer won two awards that night.