Grammy Award-winning songwriter and guitarist John Oates has announced three UK/Eire shows in October in support of his recently released album, Arkansas (Thirty Tigers). The New York-born, Philadelphia-raised Oates, who alongside Daryl Hall makes up the multi-million selling duo Hall & Oates, will play Dublin’s Vicar Street on Oct 15th, the RNCM, Manchester on October 17th, and Cadogan Hall, London on October 19th.
These extremely rare shows will see Hall Of Fame inductee Oates performing with members of The Good Road Band.
John Oates’ love for American roots music is brought to the fore on Arkansas, his new album featuring The Good Road Band, an impressive lineup consisting of legendary mandolin player Sam Bush, pedal steel innovator Russ Pahl, world-famous electric guitar picker Guthrie Trapp, bass veteran Steve Mackey, cello virtuoso Nat Smith, and percussionist Josh Day. The album offers Oates’ own unique take on old blues and country gems from the likes of Emmett Miller and Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Blake and Mississippi John Hurt, who Oates’ hails as both an influence and inspiration, alongside two of his own compositions. Uncut Magazine fully embraced the musicianship, “deft and graceful” with Oates’ voice “nimble and knowing.” The Sunday Times loved the “amiably laid-back feel,” whereas The Daily Mail celebrated “an honest record, one that proves Oates isn’t content to rest on past glory.’ Country Music Magazine reflected on the songwriter’s “decades of experience as a performer allowing him to relax into the music without ever feeling like an interpreter,” whereas celebrated roots magazine, No Depression claims “Arkansas displays raw power, pure beauty, as well as musical grooves that get under the skin and head straight for the heart” Country Music People went one step further declaring the album, “one of the rootsiest recordings you are likely to hear this year!”
October 15th – Vicar Street, Dublin
October 17th – RNCM, Manchester
October 19th – Cadogan Hall, London
Arkansas is out now on Thirty Tigers