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John Oates with The Good Road Band


Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:30PM
Victoria Theatre

John Oates with The Good Road Band







John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Soaking up the sounds of the ’60s, John was influenced by the nascent folk scene, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime guitar styles, while also immersing himself in R&B legends such as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. One of his biggest mentors was his guitar teacher Jerry Ricks, who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurt and Son House, and introduced John to the music of Doc Watson and Reverend Gary Davis, passing down their signature finger and flatpicking styles.

Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded five solo albums and has become a diverse musician and songwriter active in the Nashville community and beyond. John’s most recent album, Arkansas, was released in February 2018. Originally inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, the project expanded to encompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music from the early 1920s and 1930s. Assembling an band of all-star Nashville musicians, Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic “Anytime” from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, “Miss the Mississippi and You,” from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake.

While the show will mainly be songs from Oates' latest album, Arkansas, he is known to play an '80s pop song or two!



Opening Act: Adam Ezra

It’s difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin' essence of the ADAM EZRA GROUP (AEG) into a single word, but frontman Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: community.

Community is epitomized by a belief that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world. A tireless touring outfit, AEG is constantly on the road, often devoting their time to local charities and always going out of their way to connect with fans. They are creating a powerful, inclusive community around AEG shows that is beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional music fan-base. It's this dedication to fans that inspired the annual "Get Folked Concert Tour" in which Ezra ventures solo/acoustic to the homes of at least 40 fans in as many days and almost as many states to play house concerts throughout January and February.