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John Oates embraces Americana on 'Arkansas'


Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:00 pm
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John Oates, Arkansas."
New album will be released by Thirty Tigers in February
"This is the record I have always wanted to make, with the band to bring it to life. After all these years, I feel I've finally been able to capture the sound that's in my head," John Oates said.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has teamed with a group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, "Arkansas," to life. Scheduled for release on Feb. 2, the project is his first for Thirty Tigers.
"Arkansas" is available for advance order through e-retailers and a Pledge Music campaign, which includes autographed vinyl, limited-edition exclusives, hats and shirts.
The project originally began as a tribute to Oates' idol, "Mississippi" John Hurt. During a series of Nashville recording sessions, it evolved organically to become a unique collection drawing from a wide range of Oates' musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, Oates said, "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues."
The album was recorded at Addiction Studios in Nashville and produced by Oates and David Kalmusky, who also engineered and mixed it. The sonic glue that cements the project is "The Good Road Band." The lineup consists of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.
With this band, Oates shines a light on music from America's past long before the birth of rock 'n' roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic "Anytime" from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, "Miss the Mississippi and You," from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Hurt and "Blind" Blake.
Two new original songs by Oates blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material, as well as his deep catalog of Daryl Hall and John Oates hits. Taken together, Oates' music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.
Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Daryl Hall & John Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oates embarked on a long-awaited solo career in 1999. He has recorded six solo albums and the 2015 DVD docu-concert "Another Good Road."
Influenced by R&B and folk music while growing up near Philadelphia, Oates was honored as a BMI Icon in 2008. In 2016, Daryl Hall & John Oates received a star on the Hollywood of Fame.
In addition to his solo shows, Oates continues to tour with Daryl Hall, playing sold-out concerts around the world. St. Martin's Press released the hardcover of Oates' memoir, "Change of Seasons," in March; the paperback will be released in 2018.

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