This project seems promising not just because of its originality, but because it’s coming at a time when there’s been a serious resurgence of interest in Hall & Oates material. “[There has] been kind of a perfect storm of awareness that has been created,” Oates admits. “A lot of it has had to due with Daryl’s TV show, Live From Daryl’s House, which does an amazing job of integrating his vibe and his musicality with newer bands. Some of the younger groups and artists who are out there, like The Killers and Gym Class Heroes, who have talked about us as being influential to them to their fans, their fans have kind of jumped on the bandwagon and taken a look at us. All of a sudden, it was like ‘Wow, I just discovered this bunch of old guys who are still pretty cool!’”
The path that John Oates and Daryl Hall forged for themselves was built on the strength some truly timeless material, most of which was notable for its multi-racial appeal. “You know, I think Daryl and I were really one of the first crossover bands of all-time in the world of pop music,” Oates confided. “I just think that breaking barriers is important for music — music should not have barriers. I think people like Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Bruno Mars [prove that] if you perform it well, record it well, there shouldn’t be any limitations on where it’s heard.”
Look for John Oates to launch his new project, Good Road To Follow, next month. This project’s first single, “Stand Strong,” is available now.