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John Oates to serenade Franklin Theatre audience, Feb. 9

John Oates started touring in 1971. His musical prowess is known to many generations as one half of the pop duo Hall and Oates, with musical partner Daryl Hall, who grew up singing “She’s Gone” and “Sara Smile” among mega hits.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Oates will be accompanied by local musicians in a singer-songwriter intimate concert event which will bring him “One on One” with his sold out audience at the Franklin Theatre. Familiar with the Theatre as a resident of the Nashville area, he said he is excited to play the renovated site. “I love small, intimate venues,” he said. These days his acoustic show is a combination of singer-songwriter stories and performances and Hall and Oates’s songs. “The Franklin Theatre is perfect for that.”

Of his solo career, Oates said, “It is a 180-degree from touring with Daryl Hall,” he said, “We recently did a private show on Long Island and will be touring again soon.”

A member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Oates continues to collaborate with locally based songwriters, including Jim Lauderdale and Shawn Colvin along with others, including Daryl Hall. He has been writing with Pat Alger, Vince Gill and Tommy Sims, who has also worked with Eric Clapton.

“When I write with others, we each have our own way of writing. It is inherent – an outspoken method – we are all different,” he said. “We dance around ideas. It could start with a title or an evocative thought as a jumping off point. The final result could be something completely different,” he said. Oates will relate stories of songwriting – the meaning behind some of his songs and stories of performing during his show at the Franklin Theatre.

In regard to touring now versus during the Hall and Oates heyday, he said both men prefer to have fun. “We like to play. We don’t like to get burned out. We do it because we enjoy it and we like to see our audience enjoying it too.”

With Hall and Oates, he toured from 1971 through 1986 and didn’t stop. What he is doing now, Oates said, “Is completely different. I don’t have the energy or the drive to do that anymore. I like to play.”

When asked to look back over his career and offer some advice to aspiring musicians, he said, “Learn from people you respect. Study their styles, techniques and do what they do. In the best of all worlds you will develop your own, original style.”

Posted on: 2/6/2013


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