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.Mayer again recorded live concerts across seven nights of his U. A few months later, a "best of" CD was compiled from the As/Is nights.Mayer's secondary career pursuits extend to television hosting, comedy, and writing; he has authored columns for magazines such as Esquire.He supports various causes and has performed at charity benefits.
According to Mayer, his fascination with Vaughan started a "genealogical hunt" that led him to other blues guitarists, including Buddy Guy, B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Otis Rush and Lightnin' Hopkins.
After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs, refining his skills and gaining a following.
After his appearance at the 2001 South by Southwest Festival, he was signed to Aware Records, and then Columbia Records, which released his first EP, Inside Wants Out.
With the help of local producer and engineer Glenn Matullo, Mayer recorded the independent EP Inside Wants Out.
The EP includes eight songs with Mayer on lead vocals and guitars.