This realization led Oates to experiment with a new way of writing, recording and releasing singles into the world, some of which haven’t even been recorded yet. The idea is for him to work with as many like-minded souls as he can over the next year, and now that the word is out about this new direction he’s headed in, the phone won’t stop ringing. During the course of our conversation together, he mentioned that Jim James of My Morning Jacket fame had been among the people who had reached out to him about a possible collaboration.
“Word has kind of spread since I’ve met other people, I’ve told them about the project and people seem really excited to get involved with it,” he told us. “So The Good Road To Follow has a lot of these exits and stuff — so far, not many potholes and stop signs, which I like — and it just keeps on going. The idea is that maybe I’ll just keep on going down this road and just keep releasing songs and as long as there are people out there who listen and care, it’s gonna be great.”