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article imageInterview with John Oates: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 12, 2014 in Music
Veteran rock star John Oates, from the iconic Hall & Oates, chatted about his latest studio project "Good Road To Follow: Route 1, Route 2, Route 3," which will be released on March 18 on PS Records/Elekra Nashville.
Hall & Oates is the top-selling duo in history. They had six No. 1 singles, as well as seven RIAA platinum albums and six RIAA gold albums.
Oates' newest CD will include three genre specific EPs with an eclectic group of collaborators such as pop group Hot Chelle Rae, Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and bluegrass virtuoso Jerry Douglas (from Alison Krauss and Union Station).
"It was originally conceived of as a series of digital singles that I began to release in March of 2013 into October of 2013 and people really liked them. I didn't really think of it as an album and then I began to assemble it as an album. It was really an opportunity for me to work with different people to get into different creative spaces. That is really where the whole project came from," he said.
His lead single, "Stone Cold Love" was written and produced with Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic. "We recorded it in his home studio. Ryan is fantastic. He is a wonderful human being and an incredibly talented performer and producer. I wanted to work with him. He told me he had four hours one day and we wrote it, produced it and recorded it all in four hours. It was really him taking the lead on that song. It was an edgy approach and it was very cool to have direction from a young pop performer with a certain perspective," he said.
Oates revealed that his collaboration with Vince Gill "Don't Cross Me Wrong" was conceived in one day. "We recorded that in one day as well," he said.
Grammy winner Jerry Douglas collaborated with him on "The Head That Wears The Crown" and Oates shared that he is extremely proud of this song. They co-wrote it and co-produced it together and it was the final song that they recorded for the project. "I had written the lyrics and was really proud of them. I sent him the lyrics, without any music and one day we finished the song at his house in one afternoon," he said.
He praised pop vocal group Hot Chelle Rae for being "fantastic artists" and collaborators on this project.
On April 11, Oates will be performing at The Cutting Room in New York City, where he will be playing some of the new material from his forthcoming album; moreover, he added that there will be a lot of Hall & Oates touring. "It will be a very exciting year with a lot of good things happening," he said.
This April, he and Daryl Hall will be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, class of 2014, where their induction ceremony will be in New York City's Barclays Center. It will air on HBO in May. "We have been eligible since 1997, so it's not like it has been a surprise," he said. "I am glad that it has happened and I think it is going to be really exciting."
Regarding the key to longevity in the music industry, Oates shared, "Write good songs and work really hard. I don't envy younger artists that are in this environment. It's really all about dedication, talent, hard work, luck and perseverance."
He listed Alison Krauss as his dream female duet choice. "I love Alison and I would love to work with her on a song," he said.
Oates concluding by thanks his fans for all of their support all of these years. "I hope they keep coming to the concerts," he said.
For more information on rock sensation John Oates and his upcoming show dates, visit his official website.
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