John Oates Discusses Arkansas Album

John Oates recently sat down with Ultimate Classic Rock for a lengthy interview about Arkansas, his fifth solo studio album, which was released in January of this year.

Originally envisioned as a dedication to country artist Mississippi John Hurt, Oates recorded the album with a group of musicians called the Good Road Band, consisting of Sam Bush on mandolin, bassist Steve Mickey and electric guitarist Guthrie Trapp, among others.

“What would’ve been the songs that Mississippi John Hurt would have been playing, or would have heard on the radio, or on a record in the late ’20s when he was recording for the first time?” asked Oates during the creative process of writing and recording the songs on the album. Along the way, the group mashed together several different styles of music, all representative of “this really unique time in early American popular music.”

“I saw him perform in the early ’60s when he was rediscovered at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and some of the coffee houses in Philadelphia.”, said Oates about Mississippi John Hurt. “No one played like him. And he had great songs. And that’s what appealed to me, and I began to learn his material.”

John Oates and Daryl Hall are currently on tour with Train and are set to remain on the road well into November

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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