Interviews John Oates (Photo Credit David McClister Photo)

Published on March 14th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


John Oates On His Upcoming Touring With Guthrie Trapp, Hall & Oates Plans, Aspen, Van Halen, Writing With Ryan Tedder & More

The best-selling duo in music history, Daryl Hall and John Oates — better known as Hall & Oates — started collaborating in the late 1960s. With dozens of charting singles to their credit, Hall & Oates is the rare sort of band that can perform a two-hour concert comprised entirely of hit songs. But the group — which is still headlining Madison Square Garden all these years later, having sold out the New York City landmark in February — continues to push forward with new music every few years.

Aside from his Hall & Oates duties, John Oates keeps a very active solo career. His latest full-length release is Live In Nashville, as credited to John Oates & The Good Road Band. A proper follow-up to 2018’s Arkansas album Live In Nashville also features mandolin stalwart Sam Bush, pedal steel maestro Russ Pahl (Dan Auerbach), electric guitar whiz Guthrie Trapp, expert bassist Steve Mackay, cello prodigy Nate Smith (Kacey Musgraves) and drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Josh “Daddy” Day. The concert featured on Live In Nashville showcases Oates’ musical influences outside of the pop, soul and R&B genres, especially highlighting his blues, country, gospel and Americana folk interests.

On March 11, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with John Oates again via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond his upcoming tour dates alongside Guthrie Trapp, we spoke about Oates’ future career plans, the early days of Hall & Oates, why he moved to Nashville, living in Aspen, Van Halen and more. Additional information on Oates, tour dates included, can be found by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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