After developing an interest in the Grateful Dead and connecting with Bob Weir, Mayer joined Dead & Company, who commenced a well-received tour of the Eastern U. that began in October 2015 and continue to tour in 2016.
The EP includes eight songs with Mayer on lead vocals and guitars.
For the opening track, "Back To You", a full band was enlisted, including the EP's co-producer David "De La" La Bruyere on bass guitars.
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.
By the end of 2002, Room for Squares had spawned several radio hits, including "No Such Thing", "Your Body Is a Wonderland", and ultimately, "Why Georgia".
It also received general praise critically, and Mayer drew comparisons to Dave Matthews.
After having several controversial incidents with the media, Mayer withdrew from public life in 2010 and began work on a follow-up album, called Born and Raised, that would draw inspiration from the 1970s pop music of Laurel Canyon.
However, the discovery of a granuloma on his vocal cords delayed the release of the album until May 2012, and ultimately forced him to cancel the planned tour.
Because of this, he removed the top half of the Grammy and gave it to Keys, and kept the bottom part for himself.
At the 37th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2006, Mayer received the Hal David Starlight Award. These recordings were released to the i Tunes Store under the title As/Is, indicating that the errors were included along with the good moments.
Even so, the album enjoyed a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work.