Throughout the early '60s, Mayer laid sides for the great Detroit R&B label Fortune. Were he to have recorded only "Village of Love," that alone would justify knocking out that goofy ZOO TV thing at the Rock Hall and erecting a Mayer statue. Mayer is more a gritty crooner than a wild shouter like Williams. He recently signed a deal with outlaw blues label Fat Possum and is said to have a bunch of new material that he will record soon.
By accounts of Mayer's last show here in town, his voice is still there, and he's got a crack backup crew stuffed with young Detroit rock reliables. Unlike the last show, this time let's pack the Beachland (on owner Mark Leddy's birthday, no less) and show Mayer a little love.