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John Oates Pays Homage To His Roots

The musician of Hall and Oates fame discusses his new album, Arkansas.

John Oates performing
In his album Arkansas, John Oates performs some of the music that inspired him to become a musician.

Hits like You Make My Dreams, Maneater, and I Can’t Go For That made Daryl Hall and John Oates the best-selling duo of all time.

But, with songs that topped the pop charts, you might not guess some of their musical influences.

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Daryl Hall & John Oates in 1982.

John Oates, in particular, has a new album called Arkansas that’s an homage to the music that influenced him growing up — American folk, roots music, and the blues.

The new album, which came out last year, is full of songs from those genres, and he and his band will perform some at The Heights Theater on Feb. 23.

John Oates - Arkansas Album Cover

In the audio above, we hear some of the new album and he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty precisely which songs and artists influenced him.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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