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December 31, 2020IM -
John Oates, of the best-selling duo in rock history Hall & Oates, has released his second album performing with The Good Road Band: Live in Nashville. Oats, of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), along with fellow 257 musicians Sam Bush (mandolin), Russ Pahl (pedal steel), Nate Smith (cello), and Josh “Daddy” Day (drums/percussion) recorded the album last January 9 at Station Inn, the legendary listening room in Nashville where the band first took shape.
Inspired by Mississippi John Hurt, Live in Nashville features songs performed by him like the gospel-blues opener, “Lord Send Me,” the Delta blues of the standard “Stack o Lee,” and an electrified take on “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor,” dubbed “Pallet Soft and Low.” Oates pays tribute to his own childhood with a cover of Don Gibson’s “Oh Lonesome Me,” the first song he learned to sing and play on guitar as a six-year-old after hearing it on the radio. Oates describes the sound of the album as, “Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”