10 Questions With John Oates


The iconic songwriter on the making of his new album, Good Road to Follow

Posted in MusicWorld on March 25, 2014 by Ellen Mallernee Barnes

John Oates enters the coffee shop beneath his Nashville high-rise condo with a stack of posters tucked in the crook of an arm. One of these posters already hangs behind the cash register, advertising an upcoming solo show. What’s the 64-year-old legend doing toting around his own gig posters, distributing them to journalists and baristas? He’s doing exactly what he loves, the same thing he’s done for more than 40 years—whether it be on his own or with the longstanding Hall & Oates: He’s making music, and then he’s making sure it gets heard. On March 18 he releases Good Road to Follow: Route 1, Route 2, Route 3, a set of three EPs that sees him collaborating with everyone from Vince Gill to OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. The record is eclectic to say the least—mostly because it was never supposed to be a record at all but rather a series of digital singles. Perhaps the most notable thing about Oates’s Good Road to Follow is how happy he sounds throughout it. “I’m a very fortunate person because I have this incredible foundation of Hall & Oates that supports my crazy musical adventures,” explains Oates. “So it’s not like I have to do this. I want to do it.” Here, the BMI Icon talks about adapting his music for today, his marketing approach and some surprising collaborations.

Read the interview here:  BMI: 10 Questions With John Oates


  1. John is a sweetheart.

  2. John and I have been acquainted for decades, I am a true Hall and Oates, John Oates and yes a Daryl Hall fan as well.

    John is a driven man who yes, makes music, awesome music, in my opinion. I have been at his side since his first Solo CD, back in the early 2000′s. The man is amazing, never gives up and has a heart of GOLD, it has been my Honor and pleasure to be one of his Biggest Fans for the last Decade or so, I am honored as well to be able to say that.

    Please keep the music coming my friend, as long as you have that Driven Passion that all of us close true fans admire.

    We Oaties Admire and love the John and HIS music.

    John Oates is a credit to his profession. History will remember John Oates as well as his partner Daryl hall for a LOOOONG Time!

    THANK YOU John, for just being John!!!

    Your Pal;

  3. Absolutely love you! !!!!!!!!! Please come to California! !!!!!!!!!

  4. Send some posters to me. Would be glad to help here on Florida.

  5. Hi John,

    Hawaii is a great place to visit and perform! Keep the music coming.

  6. Eventually I want to end up in Nashville, TN. There’s some really nice recording studios out there.

  7. Been Hall and Oates Fan since the very early days.Never a day goes without your music.Looking forward to seeing you in Manchester July 10.Quality. Thanks so much .Will aspin


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