The album is named for where he lives in Montana and features country music influences.
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.
Even so, the album enjoyed a generally favorable reception, though was less commercially successful than his previous work.
After extensive treatments for his vocal problems—and a two-year hiatus—Mayer began performing as a singer again in January 2013, and that year released the album, Paradise Valley.
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.
Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.
After their split, Mayer continued to play local clubs—refining his skills and gaining a following.
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.
The album included a previously unreleased cover of Marvin Gaye's song "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", featuring a solo from Mayer's supporting act—jazz and blues turntablist DJ Logic.
The album covers of the As/Is releases feature drawings of anthropomorphic bunnies. Although Mayer maintained his reputation as a singer-songwriter, he gained distinction as a guitarist, Following the conclusion of his Heavier Things tour, Mayer began working with artists, including those from other genres of music.