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. Singing from the time he
could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was
destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a
small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s – a move that
would change the course of his life.
In addition to their
numerous American Music awards, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy
nominations, in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters
Hall of Fame. In May of 2008, they were also presented the prestigious
BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in songwriting.
In April 2014, Hall & Oates was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999,
John has recorded five solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life,
Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good
Road To Follow, (which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of
OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, Jim Lauderdale, and Jerry
In April 2017, John released his memoir Change of
Seasons co-written with Chris Epting and published by St. Martin’s
Press. The acclaimed title was an Amazon best seller and has been
received with both outstanding critical and fan reviews. After
completing an extensive book promotion tour in the spring of 2017, Oates
resumed work on an important music project that represents the next
exciting phase in his burgeoning solo roots music career. The project is
entitled Arkansas and is set for release in 2018. Originally inspired
by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, the
project grew to encompass other artists and styles that represent the
dawn of American popular music. Stylistically diverse and eclectic, the
collection features a full band that was put together specially to bring
the full range and flavors of classic American musical styles to life.
Oates crafted a number of original songs for the Arkansas album;
selections actually inspired by the process of digging deep into the
sonic soil of authentic roots music. “I really believe this is the most
vital and satisfying solo project I’ve ever embarked upon,” Oates says
of Arkansas. “Of all the music I have ever made with anyone, for me this
album sits right up there.”
Tyminski-Tyminski, a Rutland, Vermont native, is a 14-time Grammy Award-winner and one of the premier vocalists in modern acoustic music. He co-wrote Southern Gothic with top songwriters including Sarah Buxton (“Stupid Boy”), Josh Kear (“Need You Now”), Cary Barlowe (“American Honey”), Andrew Dorff (“Neon Light”), Amy Wadge (“Thinking Out Loud”) and Southern Gothic producer Jesse Frasure (“Dirt On My Boots”).
As a child, Tyminski was drawn to Southern singers including Jimmy Martin, Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice and found himself not only mimicking their southern singing voices but also teaching himself how to play banjo by ear. A 25-year member of Alison Krauss’ Union Station, Tyminski is also the singing voice of George Clooney’s character in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? for which he won two Grammy Awards including Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the single “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” and Album of the Year for the soundtrack which sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
In 2014 after lending his vocals to Avicii’s international pop hit “Hey Brother,” which went #1 in at least 18 countries and has global streams of over 1.1 billion and downloads of 5.3 million, Tyminski began to realize that he could fit outside of his acoustic music box. With Southern Gothic, Tyminski has crafted an American quilt of music that is a melding of genres and in which the symbolism of light and dark seem to always be at odds.
Lilly Hiatt- Lilly Hiatt has returned with Trinity Lane, released August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC. It is the follow up to her acclaimed sophomore album Royal Blue, which Paste Magazine described as “a glorious tumble of influences – surf rock, Smiths vibes, Laurel Canyon twang and jangle, Sonic Youth flatline, Britpop flourishes, Seattle grunge and Joy Division meets Human League synthery.”
Bil Lepp-Bil’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Bil’s books and audio collections have won awards including the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Children’s Book Writing, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and awards from the National Parenting Publications Assoc., and the Public Library Assoc.
This show will be scheduled for distribution by NPR Music starting Friday March 9, 2018.