John Oates and Jim Lauderdale collaborate on Oates’ new single “Close”
John Oates, member of the number one selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Americana artist, Jim Lauderdale, to write the new single off of his current solo project, Good Road To Follow. The song, which Oates describes as “psychedelic Americana,” will be released October 15. Co-produced by Oates and Tim Lauer, the recording features a variety of instruments from banjo to Oates’ Vinnie Bell Coral Sitar.
“One of my favorite songwriters is Jim Lauderdale,” Oates remarks. “Somehow when we get together we always seem to write something that’s completely unique and interesting. It doesn’t sound like his style or mine but always an original blend of influences.”
When producing the song, Oates and Lauer aimed to capture the hypnotic 70s vibe, while still keeping it close to the wheelhouse of Americana. Recorded at Dogwood Studios in Nashville, TN, the track features a cast of Nashville’s finest including Fred Eltringham on drums, Steve Mackey on bass, Teddy Morgan on banjo, Jim Hoke on flute, Lauer contributing keys, and Oates playing both sitar and guitar as well as singing all the vocal parts.
“Close” is the fifth single to be released from Oates’ cross-genre journey, Good Road To Follow. Unrestricted by musical barriers, he has collaborated with some of the world’s brightest music makers, ranging from acclaimed songwriter/producer/rocker Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, to pop band Hot Chelle Rae, and country icon Vince Gill.
Oates will release a single-a-month from the PS Records / Elektra Records project. Fans can subscribe to the series receiving a new download and exclusive content every four weeks, purchase limited edition clothing and merchandise inspired by the songs, and individual tracks.
For more information about Good Road To Follow visit www.JohnOates.com.