John Oates, along with musical partner Daryl Hall, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 during a ceremony held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, a honor that is a longtime coming. The resume for Hall & Oates is as impressive as any: 21 albums selling over 80 millions units; ten #1 records; over 20 Top 40 hits.
That success has allowed Oates to work on music he is extremely passionate about in recent years, which led to a series on one-off singles with various artists and friends. The reception was so good that it led to the release of a new album.
“It started off as a series of digital singles. I thought, ‘Let me just make a bunch of singles with friends.'” said Oates of Good Road To Follow, a three-disc set of EPs named Route 1, Route 2, and Route 3. “A lot of the fans on social media said, “Where’s the album?'” Oates responded in kind.
“It’s really all over the map in terms of styles, and it’s all stuff I like,” Oates added. “The Hall & Oates and this long career has given me the opportunity to do things like this.”
The eclectic Good Road To Follow includes collaborations with Vince Gill, Hot Chelle Rae, Jim Lauderdale, and one of the most sought out songwriters in recent years, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Tedder’s hectic schedule makes working together in the studio difficult, but the two finally found the time, even though it was just a few hours.
“We figured out a day when we were both going to be in Denver and he said, ‘I’ve got four hours,'” recalls Oates of the Tedder collaboration called “Stone Cold Love,” the first track of Good Road To Follow‘s first disc. “We literally wrote the song, recorded it, and finished in fours hours at his house.
Oates has a solo date scheduled in New York City at the Cutting Room on April 11 and will reunite with Daryl Hall for a show at the Borgata on June 20.
Listen to Scott Shannon’s complete interview with John Oates below.