I think a lot of people have read stuff about it being a "blues record" or it's "all guitar playing" and it's not. There is more guitar playing. Certainly, it goes back to the Room for Squares motif in terms of songs you can play on guitar. So now we're back to the organic kind of playing. The bridge is a totally different melody and a totally different feel. The reason that's like that is because I have the time to write, and what I thought was a chorus but it ends up being a bridge, and so naturally it might be a different key or a different time signature, and so it's a lot more in one tune. I don't think I'll ever go back to that "sit around and scratch your chin" kind of lyric writing. It doesn't impress me anymore. People can expect the singing to be a lot more open now. The record is about half done, and we're going to LA after this tour to really finish up seven or eight tracks that we're just going to go kill it and it'll be half done. I don't have singles yet, but I know that I have songs that I'll play on stage forever. I've got lifetime kind of things because they feel really really really good.
RY: What do you look forward to the most about your new album?
JM: This is the first record I've loved making. Not to put down any other processes, but this is the one where I'll go into the studio and not know what I'm doing. I just went in with Charlie Hunter and Steve Jordan on Memorial Day weekend. We all get in a room and find a sound that moves us and just feel that certain vibe from those specific players. One of my favorite tunes that I ever wrote came out in an hour and a half. That's always really scary when you tell somebody that you wrote a tune in an hour and a half, because if it sucks they look at you like maybe you should've spent three hours on it. It's just happening. It's so much fun and I'm discovering things musically, as I play them and record them that I never thought I was going to do. So I get all the fun because I never thought I'd hear myself sing on this melody or that chord change.
RY: How about a timeframe for when we can expect the new record to drop?
JM: It'll come out when it comes out. Part of making this record is compression. Take three ideas and it may turn into one great one. I think even when I'm done with the record, which I'd like to be done with by the end of the year, I may go back and do four more songs, and take the best two of those, and knock the worst two off the record. I have a hunger for this record that I wonder if I'm ever going to have again for any other record [Laughs] because there is so much to say on this one.
RY: Any songs you’ve previously played that listeners will be familiar with come release time?
JM: I think the only songs you’ve heard that are definitely going on the CD are "Hummingbird" and a song called “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)," which I think was originally just called Untitled 2 or something. Everything else is new, so new that even my closest friends can’t identify any parts of the songs as something they’ve heard me mess with before.