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John Oates Announces New Album

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates has teamed with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. Scheduled for release on February 2, the project is his first for Thirty Tigers.  Arkansas is available for advance order through e-retailers and a Pledge Music campaign including autographed vinyl, limited edition exclusives, hats, shirts, and more.

The project originally began as a tribute to Oates’ 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’ musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, John says, “It’s like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”

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 America’s 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 and Oates hits. Taken together, Oates’ music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.


John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oates embarked on a long-awaited solo career in 1999. He has recorded six solo albums and the 2015 DVD docu-concert Another Good Road. His seventh project, Arkansas, will be released by Thirty Tigers in February..

Influenced by R&B and folk music while growing up near Philadelphia, Oates was honored as a BMI Icon in 2008. In 2016, Hall & Oates received a star on the Hollywood of Fame. In addition to his solo shows, Oates continues to tour with Daryl Hall, playing sold-out concerts around the world. St. Martin’s Press released the hardcover of Oates’ memoir, Change of Seasons, in March 2017; the paperback will be released in 2018. Oates resides in Nashville.

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“BMI Legends Session” Featuring John Oates Added To CRS 2014 Agenda

CRSCountry Radio Seminar officials have announced music legend John Oates as the featured artist for the “BMI Legends Session,” which will take place during CRS 2014 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Scheduled for Feb. 21, the session will provide attendees the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the true musical legend. Oates, one-half of the award-winning duo Hall & Oates, will discuss his career, including dialogue of current projects, living in Nashville and his songwriting. In addition, he will perform a couple of his songs acoustically. John Esposito, President of Warner Music Nashville, will moderate the engaging interview.

Michael Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Licensing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) commented, “BMI has presented the ‘BMI Legends Session’ at a number of radio conferences over the years. This unique session features a musical legend on stage telling the stories behind their songs in an intimate unplugged setting. It is a truly engaging hour that allows the audience members the opportunity to interact with legends of the music industry.”  Mr. Steinberg continued, “BMI felt that CRS 2014 was the perfect opportunity to share this popular series with conference attendees and we are proud to feature John Oates as the first BMI Legend we present at CRS. Oates follows past series performers such as, Graham Nash, Isaac Hayes, Willie Nelson, Randy Bachman, Paul Rodgers and David Crosby.

The “BMI Legends Session” was inspired by an ongoing event that BMI sponsors every year at The Conclave conference. The event is a story telling and Q&A panel with a BMI legend spotlighted. With the event’s success at The Conclave conference, BMI decided to share the series with CRS attendees as well.

The iconic singer/songwriter, John Oates, has won multiple music awards and has sold more than 80 million units during his career in the legendary rock duo Hall & Oates. A member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Oates began his solo career in 1999. In October, he released his fifth single, “Close,” from his cross-genre project “Good Road to Follow.” He currently splits his time between Nashville and his Colorado ranch. CRS 2014 will be held February 19-21 at the Nashville Convention Center. To register for CRS at the regular rate of $499 visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

About Country Radio Seminar:

Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2014 will be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular rate of $499 is now in effect. The on site registration rate will be announced closer to the event. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2014).

About BMI:

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music.  BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

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“Don’t Cross Me Wrong” Single By John Oates & Vince Gill Set For Release July 16

John OatesJohn Oates is taking fans on a cross-genre journey with his latest project, Good Road To Follow. The second single “Don’t Cross Me Wrong,” a forewarning blues-rock track written and produced with country icon Vince Gill, will be released on July 16. Continue Reading →

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