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Thursday, February 8, 2018 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
John Oates, one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, has teamed up with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. The sonic glue that holds the project together is called The Good Road Band. Combine that ensemble with Oates' warm and personal storytelling, and you have a one-of-a- kind experience that is authentic and unforgettable.
The project originally began as a tribute to Oates' idol, Mississippi John Hurt. It evolved organically, during a series of Nashville recording sessions, into a unique, retrospective collection drawing from a wide range of Oates' musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, he says, “It's like Dixieland dipped in bluegrass and salted with Delta blues.”
The title track is propelled by a driving production that frames evocative images of the mist rising off the mighty Mississippi River and the expansiveness of the cotton fields in American's heartland. With the essence of roots music at its core, vintage and modern recording techniques are woven throughout the album. A subtle yet unmistakable pop sensibility makes the record a landmark in Oates' esteemed career.
“This is the record I have always wanted to make…with the band to bring it to life…after all these years I feel I've finally been able to capture the sound that's been in my head.”
-- John Oates