John Oates

As a part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration we revisit our interview with John Oates. Best known for his work with the hit-making duo Hall & Oates, John has 6 solo albums to his credit. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s. Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, he was influenced by multiple styles including folk, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime, while also immersing himself in R&B legends.

We spoke with John after the release of Arkansas. Originally inspired by the music and legacy of Mississippi John Hurt, the project grew to encompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music. According to John, “It’s like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”

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