John Oates, Rosanne Cash and Jim Lauderdale to perform at Blackberry Farm’s An Americana Summer Celebration


A weekend which will bring a first-class musical experience to its guests July 20-21, 2012. The Americana Summer Celebration will feature renowned singer/songwriters Rosanne Cash, with noted guitarist and producer John Leventhal, John Oates and Jim Lauderdale. These revered musical guests will perform before the inspiring backdrop of Blackberry Farm, as part of an annual musical fundraising event to benefit the not-for-profit artist advocacy group.

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About the Artist, Derrick Clifton
Derrick Clifton has been drawing since he was very young. While attending college, a professor encouraged him to take a ‘pick something and do it well’ approach with his art. Derrick decided to develop his style by working exclusively with charcoal. In 2005, while living in Colorado, he accepted a commission to draw something that he had always avoided, the portrait of a face. He returned to Nashville in 2006 and began drawing portraits for many clients that share his love for intensely ‘colorful’ black and white art. He has since displayed his portraits in many public galleries, including The Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, the Church Street Gallery in Murfreesboro, and Picture This Gallery in Hermitage, as well as being featured in the Nashville Art Crawl and gracing the walls of many homes and private galleries. Most recently, he has paid tribute to many of his favorite singers and musicians, with his ‘Greatest Singers’ and ‘Greatest Guitarists’ series.

About John Oates
John Oates is no stranger to success. Since the formation of his partnership in the early 70’s with Daryl Hall, Hall & Oates have gone on to record 21 albums which have sold over 80 million units making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original “Live Aid” concert and the ground breaking “We Are The World” charity recording have further established them as legendary artists who have personally and through their music, stood the test of time. Their influence on modern pop music has been cited by numerous contemporary bands, like the Gym Class Heroes and the Killers, who have credited and acknowledged H&O’s considerable contribution to American music.

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Hall & Oates to Appear on “The Voice”

Hall & Oates to Appear on the Finale of “The Voice” with Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, and Flo Rida

Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform their first ever #1 single, “Rich Girl,” on the season two finale of “The Voice,” Tuesday, May 8 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The stellar line-up for the program also includes Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum and Flo Rida. Entertainment Weekly just selected the broadcast as the “Must Watch” show of the week!

“The Voice” is a vocal competition show featuring celebrity musician coaches Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Carson Daly hosts and serves as producer, and Christina Milian serves as social media correspondent. The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, and then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. In the end, each coach will have one star artist left ready to compete against the other teams’ finalists to be named “The Voice” – the winner will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

The John Oates Band Releases “The Bluesville Sessions”

On October 11, 2011 the John Oates Band arrived at the Sirius/XM Radio Station Studios in Washington D.C. to record a live performance of the show that the band had been performing for the past 6 months. The session was supervised and inspired by Bill Wax, program director and host of B.B. King’s Bluesville channel at the station. I had done an interview with Bill a few months earlier and at his invitation we organized the live taping. The night before, the band played two sold out shows at the Iridium Club in New York City. The next day we drove 4 hours south to Washington and arrived at the studio mid day. After a quick set up and sound check we pulled out a set list and began to play ” the show”. This album is 100 % live… exactly the way it went down that day… with no studio trickery or overdubs. In essence, we wanted to capture our live set in real time and in doing so create a snapshot of the set that thousands of fans had heard during the Mississippi Mile tour.

A band is more that the sum of its parts. There’s so much more to it than just singing and playing the instruments. Its time spent together, listening, honesty, trust and the shared joy that happens when the groove, the spirit, and the sound combined with individual talent and skill, gels into one harmonious unit. This band has certainly done that and more. They are consummate professionals and good friends who have collectively worked to make this music come alive. The band consists of John Michel, from Aspen Colorado on drums and vocals. Michael Jude on bass and vocals also from Aspen Colorado. Mark Newman on Slide /electric guitar and vocals from New York City and Kevin McKendree from Nashville Tennessee on piano and organ.
-John Oates

The Bluesville Sessions album is available NOW!  

Announcing the Third Annual 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival


Aspen, Colorado, January 17, 2012. . . Produced by Songwriter Hall of Fame member John Oates and the Wheeler Opera House, the third annual 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival will take place March 21-25 in Aspen, CO. The 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival is the nation’s most intimate musical weekend where legendary writers perform side by side with the next great generation of songwriting talent.

The 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival returns to the mountain town with 13 performances, ranging from Appalachian Americana through to top Alt-Rock and Pop. “This year, the festival is so big that we had to add an extra day,” said festival co-founder and Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gram Slaton, “but when there’s so much great talent that wants to be part of what you’re offering, you make room.”

Slaton comments about the line-up, ”Knowing these two (John Oates and Sam Bush) – there’s no telling who else might end up on the stage, so it’s fair game to expect some surprise guests from 7908. One way or the other, it’s the kind of show you can only expect to catch at our festival.”

Colorado Songwriting Competition:
New to this year’s 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival is a homegrown search for Colorado’s Best Songwriter 2012. Six towns will hold competitions to see which tunesmiths get to be part of this year’s 7908. “We are going to Breckenridge, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Winter Park and Boulder to hold competitions open to all Colorado residents,” says Slaton. “Contestants are required to perform only self-penned material for the judges. Based on originality, talent, and presentation, finalists will receive three nights lodging in Aspen, perform in several of Aspen’s best-loved bars over three evenings, and receive a full-festival pass. And the winner will get to perform before the final 7908 show, sharing the stage with John Oates. Not a bad first prize!”

Ticket Information:
Full festival passes are $195.00, or 35% off the single ticket price for all thirteen shows. There will be reserved seating for full-festival pass holders; however there will be a limited number of full-festival passes available. Back by popular demand this year are day passes, which take a full 20% off the price of that day’s shows. Day passes for Wednesday are $44.00; for Thursday, $36.00; for Friday, $46.00; for Saturday, $58.00 and for Sunday, $56.00. All passes and individual tickets will go on sale at 11:00am on Monday, January 23rd, at the Wheeler’s Aspen Show Tickets box office (970-920-5770 locally, 866-449-0464 out of area, or online at For a complete list of performances times and ticket prices, visit

The Aspen Songwriters Festival is sponsored by CF Martin & Co., Inc., Levinson Jewelers, Cloud 9, Emerald Asset Advisors, LLC, Greenspoon Marder Attorneys At Law, Ocean Drive Magazine, and the Colorado Tourism Office.

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“Let the Rain” – New Single Co-Written by John Oates


Los Angeles, CA: “Let The Rain,” the new single from singer/songwriter Margo Rey was digitally released on the Organica Music Group Record Label on August 16, 2011 and has become the “Hot Shot Debut” on the Billboard Mainstream AC chart, debuting at #24 within four weeks of release. The single has also debuted at #30 on the Mediabase AC chart. “Let The Rain” was co-written by Margo Rey and John Oates. This is the first release from Rey’s forthcoming CD which will feature additional songs written by Rey and Oates. The album was produced by Margo Rey, Michael Blakey and Elton Ahi.

When describing the song Margo comments: “Let The Rain” is about finding solace in a time of adversity. I have very fond memories of my mother, my sister and I running outside, high heels and all and reveling in a vigorous summer rain shower. I personally always found it funny that even on a warm day, the slightest bit of precipitation would make people scatter and take cover as if they were going to rust or melt like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard Of Oz.

I have found that the challenging times are the times when I have grown and learned the most about myself and others. The “rain” is a metaphor for letting these times wash over me and sanctify me and allow me to be in the moment. I am honored that John Oates and I were able to collaborate on this song over pie and coffee in his lovely home and begin a new friendship for years to come.”

Adds John Oates: “I didn’t know a lot about Margo Rey when we first met but when she began to sing I knew that there was something very special in her voice and presence. Collaborating with a writer you don’t know very well can sometimes be a real crap shoot but in this case it seemed like it was meant to be. Margo brought a lot to the table with provocative lyric ideas and a sophisticated melodic sense. I think we wrote three songs the first session and of the three, “Let The Rain” really stood out. I love the feminine perspective she brings to the verse imagery and there was never a doubt that she would deliver vocally when it came time to record. Every time I hear “Let The Rain” I can’t get it out of my head for days… that’s a very good thing! By the way, she also plays a mean shaker.”

Margo Rey was born in Acapulco, Mexico and laid her professional foundation with over a decade of classical music training under the exclusive tutelage of classical voice professor Dr. Luther Stripling. At the age of 16, Rey fronted an all female rock band Debutante (The Debs,) who toured the U.S. as well as overseas and also sang in a 3 piece power pop band called the Ritual before beginning a career in jazz. After becoming the band leader for the Latin/Jazz R&B Sextet Miss Margo and the Lost Souls, Rey was signed to an indie label (Exitos-Latinos) where she recorded a Tejano/Pop Spanish album. This release boasted one top five and two top twenty singles. She soon caught the attention of actor Edward James Olmos who recommended her for a principal role in the bound for Broadway musical Selena Forever. This led to a number of theatre credits including Saturday Night Fever, Latin Heat, Like Jazz, Senor Discretion Himself, Zorro and Canta Lunga. During this time period she began crafting and touring her own original music that she calls, “Organica.”

“Let The Rain,” was released on August 16, 2011 and is available for purchase on all digital outlets including iTunes and


New John Oates Album “Mississippi Mile” Now Available!

NASHVILLE, TN – (April 11, 2011) – Beloved, critically-acclaimed musician, John Oates releases his long-awaited Americana album, Mississippi Mile, available everywhere tomorrow April 12. The album emanates Oates’ musical autobiography with classic hits that influenced Oates to become the renowned musician he is known for today.Today, April 11, the album’s title-track is featured as the Amazon Download of the Day and the digital album is available for $3.99 all day as the Amazon Deal of the Day. Fans can download the free track by visiting here.  Tomorrow, iTunes will offer an exclusive deluxe edition of Mississippi Mile, which includes a bonus track titled “Please Don’t Go.”

“Oates’s latest album, Mississippi Mile, is a rootsy homage to the Americana that initially inspired him.” – The New Yorker

“For his solo album Mississippi Mile…Oates dips into his pre-Hall & Oates pop-soul past for a collection of raw, original tunes and covers of such Delta blues and folk masters as Elvis Presley, Curtis Mayfield, and Mississippi John Hurt.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Mississippi Mile] has the opportunity to reach across the board – and that’s a winning formula.” – Nashville Lifestyles

iTunes Exclusive Edition of Mississippi Mile Track Listing:

1. Mississippi Mile
2. Let It Rock
3. It’s Alright
4. Send Me Someone to Love
5. All Shook Up
6. Pallet
7. Searchin’
8. Come Back Baby
9. Deep River
10. He Was A Friend of Mine
11. You Make My Dreams Come True
12. Dance Hall Girls
13. Please Don’t Go (exclusive album-only track)

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John Oates Partners With PledgeMusic on New Solo Album

PledgeMusic (, a leading international direct-to-fan platform for raising funds for musicians to record and tour, today announced a Pledge campaign with legendary singer/songwriter John Oates. Oates, one half of the powerhouse duo Hall & Oates, will be treating fans to exclusive items along with Pledgers-only updates which will feature blogs, videos and unreleased tracks.

“Our passion is working with artists at every stage of their career, but when we have the opportunity to work with an artist like John Oates who has such an amazing body of work, we love what we do even more,” said Benji Rogers, founder of PledgeMusic.

A prolific songwriter, Oates’ Mississippi Mile takes him back to his formative days as a young musician. Mississippi Mile is a collection of the songs that inspired John to become a songwriter, along with new original material. Pledgers will be the first to hear the new material, and special exclusives include signed CDs, a signed acoustic guitar and an exclusive meet and greet with John Oates backstage at the show of the Pledger’s choice.

About PledgeMusic:
PledgeMusic was founded by musician Benji Rogers to give artists a DIY option for pursuing and augmenting their careers. The company was designed to be transparent and open, while benefiting artists and fans. Artists will get the funding and promotional support that they need, the fan will get the music and artist interaction that they want at the price that they want to pay, and charities who have scant fundraising resources will receive a percentage of the money raised.


John Oates to Release New Americana Album

NASHVILLE, TN – (March 16, 2011) – Behind every great musician, there is a pinnacle moment of inspiration that has a resounding influence on the musician they are today. Long before critically acclaimed musician John Oates became one-half of the award-winning duo Hall & Oates, he was reveling in the American classics of artists such as Chuck Berry and Mississippi John Hurt. Mississippi Mile, available everywhere on April 12, emanates Oates’ musical autobiography; stringing together the heavy influences of classic hits with his distinct Americana Blues sound and musical talents.

“This album is about honoring the tradition of the song itself,” Oates explains. “I wanted to go back to the songs that really shaped me when I was growing up. I wouldn’t be the musician that I am today without these songs. It’s a stripped-down effort to showcase what the song was before it ever made it on the record and became a hit. The music you hear on Mississippi Mile is as close to a live album as it gets.”

The tracks on Mississippi Mile directly capture what Oates and the musicians played on the first take in the studio, with the exception of only two overdubs, giving the record a live album feel. The strong group of musicians–which include renowned performers such as Bekka Bramlett, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and co-producer Mike Henderson, to name a few–helpMississippi Mile reach a diverse level of sound unlike any other record to date.

The 12-track album chronicles Oates’ musical inspirations from Curtis Mayfield’s “It’s Allright” to Allen Fraser’s “Dance Hall Girls” and even the Hall & Oates classic “You Make My Dreams Come True,” all intertwining elements of Oates’ authentic roots sound. “Deep River” was penned by Oates about the Nashville flood, while paying homage to Doc Watson’s “Deep River Blues.” The album’s title-track is the other Oates original song, kicking-off the album with reverence to his strong respect for classic American music.

“’Mississippi Mile’ is about the music that comes from the heart of the Delta,” Oates said. “There’s something very unique and important about the music that comes that geographic area that has become the foundation of all American popular music. This song is one of those songs that can be stripped away from the entire record and still stand on its own.”

Grammy-nominated artist and American Songwriter Hall of Fame member, John Oates, is one-half of the most successful duo in rock history, Hall & Oates. He has penned over eight No. 1 hits with “Sarah Smile,” “You Make My Dreams,” “She’s Gone,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Maneater” and “Out of Touch.” He has received numerous American Music and MTV Awards, as well as the BMI Icon Award for the duo’s outstanding career achievement in songwriting. In the last few years, Oates has created the annual concert series, 7908 The Aspen Songwriters Festival, at the Historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO.

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