After a rough two years that included an embarrassing Rolling Stone interview and two surgeries due to vocal lesions, John Mayer decided that the time was right to take a break.
The 34-year-old sold off his home in the Los Angeles suburbs, as well as his New York City apartment, and bought 15 gorgeous acres outside of Bozeman, Montana.
"I took a roadtrip with friends, and we stopped here to do some fly-fishing," he told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "I love it, so I called a real estate agent from the back of a magazine and gave her a bunch of keywords - 'Seventies, Neil Young, old guitar, groovy, getaway. She showed me this place, and I was like, 'Done.'"
Mayer, who has a recording studio at the top of a hill overlooking the Yellowstone River, used the spot to take a break while working on his latest album "Born and Raised."
In the latest issue of Men's Journal, Mayer added that the natural setting is working well for his physical and mental well being. "I've never taken a Xanax out here," he says. "I've never had a panic attack looking out over a mountain."
"I know it kind of seems like I got the place just so I could say I have a place," he adds. "But really, it's pure of heart. It's not like I read a rock bio and went, 'Oh, Neil Young, Broken Arrow Ranch.' It just feels like a really original, organic choice."
You can check out Mayer talking to Ellen DeGeneres about his new piece of sky country below.