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John Mayer reveals release date, title of new album

John Mayer performs live at The O2 Arena on October 13, 2019 in London
(Image credit: Robin Little/Redferns)

He's shared updates on its progress, and teased tantalizing snippets of its lead single on TikTok, but now John Mayer's new album has a name, a cover and a release date.

Sob Rock, his eighth studio effort, will be released July 16. You can check out its decidedly retro cover – which Mayer shared today in an Instagram post – below.

The PRS-wielding blues guitar virtuoso offered little in the way of further details, but a new website, sobrock.net, has appeared, bearing the message "It's time to love an album again," and asking fans to sign up for updates.

John Mayer poses with one of his signature PRS Silver Sky guitars on the cover of his upcoming album, 'Sob Rock'

(Image credit: John Mayer/Instagram)

Though Sob Rock is Mayer's first studio effort since 2017's The Search For Everything, he's kept plenty busy in the intervening years, touring (pre-COVID at least) consistently with Dead & Company and engineering the controversial but ultimately hugely successful Silver Sky signature guitar with PRS

Mayer is also reportedly set to host a new late night talk show based on the UK's Later... With Jools Holland, which will feature performances and interviews with "musicians, artists and other cultural figures."

In the meantime, we'll update you with new information about Sob Rock as soon as we get wind of it.

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.