by John OatesJohn Oates


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Lost amidst all of the big hits he had with Daryl Hall is the fact that John Oates started his career as a folkie. Oates hasn't forgotten this fact and has sometimes returned to the sound in his solo work, but he's never devoted an entire album to the kind of folk that was popular in '60s coffeehouses until 2018's Arkansas. Working with an exceptional cast of players including mandolinist Sam Bush and guitarist Guthrie Trapp, Oates concentrates on the music coming out of the Mississippi Delta, dabbling in the blues, bluegrass, and ragtime, but generally rooting himself in earnest folk that isn't far removed from the softer moments on Whole Oats. What keeps Arkansas from being a throwback is both Oates' focus -- this coheres musically and thematically in a way his solo records often don't -- and how his light, relaxed touch is mirrored by his group of pros. The entire affair is so casual and nimble, it's easy to take its sly eclecticism for granted, but that's also the charm of Arkansas: it's a warm, inviting affair that doesn't demand attention but nevertheless rewards it.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/02/2018
Label: Ps Records
UPC: 0752830511422
catalogNumber: 6


  1. Anytime
  2. Arkansas
  3. My Creole Belle
  4. Pallet Soft and Low
  5. Miss the Mississippi and You
  6. Stack O Lee
  7. That'll Never Happen No More
  8. Dig Back Deep
  9. Lord Send Me
  10. Spike Driver Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Oates   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Guthrie Trapp   Electric Guitar
Steve Mackey   Bass Guitar
Josh Day   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Nathaniel Smith   Cello
Good Road Band   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Blind Blake   Composer
John Oates   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Traditional   Composer
David Kalmusky   Producer,Engineer
William Heagney   Composer
John Hurt   Composer
Herbert Lawson   Composer
Matt Grace   Cover Art
Chris Epting   Liner Notes

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