John Oates has teamed up with an amazing group of rising and accomplished stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life.
"This is the record I have always wanted to make, with the band to bring it to life. After all these years, I feel Ive finally been able to capture the sound thats in my head." The project originally began as a tribute to Oates's 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's musical influences.
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 impressive 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 incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from Americas 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 Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake.
Two new original songs by Oates blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material, as well as John's deep catalog of Hall & Oates hits. Taken together, Oates's music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.
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3. My Creole Belle
4. Pallet Soft And Low
5. Miss The Mississippi And You
1. Stack O Lee
2. That'll Never Happen No More
3. Dig Back Deep
4. Lord Send Me
5. Spike Driver Blues