John Oates Tours Blues Album Arkansas
Best known as one half of the prolific 80s pop duo Hall and Oates, John William Oates co-wrote many of the band's best-selling hits, from Out Of Touch to Maneater. Yet in 1999 the singer, songwriter and producer turned his talents to the open roads of the mythical American landscape releasing a rich tapestry of Americana in six subsequent solo albums. Don't miss the Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer as he tours the 2018 release of Arkansas this Spring.
Most wouldn't associate Oates with traditional country music, or the state of Arkansas for that matter, but his latest offering celebrates his family connections and natural beauty of the Nature State, as well as its great music tradition, once led buy the likes of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. With a huskier toned voice than his Hall and Oates days, the 70 year-old performer cements his place amongst the greats with his own take on the blues.
John William Oates (born April 7, 1948) is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Daryl Hall & John Oates (with Daryl Hall).
Although Oates's main role in the duo was guitarist, he also co-wrote many of the Top 10 songs that they recorded, including (with Hall): "Sara Smile" (the song refers to Hall's then-girlfriend, Sara Allen), "She's Gone", and "Out of Touch", as well as (with Allen and Hall): "You Make My Dreams", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Adult Education". He also sang lead vocals on several more singles in the Hot 100, such as "How Does It Feel to Be Back", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (a remake of the 1965 song performed by The Righteous Brothers that was written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil), on which Oates shared lead vocals with Hall, and "Possession Obsession" (with Allen & Hall).