Good Road to Follow

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Oates spent several years of the 2010s digging deep into his roots, recording albums that either hearkened back to his folkie beginnings (1000 Miles of Life) or his R&B roots (Mississippi Mile). He takes a different tack on 2014's Good Road to Follow, an ambitious collection of five-song EPs. Purportedly, each of the EPs has its own stylistic theme, but the lines between the three blur easily with the one exception being the first disc, which opens with "Stone Cold Love," a song written and produced by OneRepublic hitmaker Ryan Tedder. Clearly, this is the modern pop EP -- a suspicion underscored by the concluding "High Maintenance," recorded with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Oates spent several years of the 2010s digging deep into his roots, recording albums that either hearkened back to his folkie beginnings (1000 Miles of Life) or his R&B roots (Mississippi Mile). He takes a different tack on 2014's Good Road to Follow, an ambitious collection of five-song EPs. Purportedly, each of the EPs has its own stylistic theme, but the lines between the three blur easily with the one exception being the first disc, which opens with "Stone Cold Love," a song written and produced by OneRepublic hitmaker Ryan Tedder. Clearly, this is the modern pop EP -- a suspicion underscored by the concluding "High Maintenance," recorded with upcomers Hot Chelle Rae -- but only "Stone Cold Love," with its assaultive digital beats, compressed guitars, and chant-along-stomp feels radio-ready. As soon as it concludes, Oates slips into a smooth groove with the assistance of Americana guitarist Jerry Douglas, and this is a mood he revisits often on Good Road to Follow. All three discs contain their fair share of laid-back, easy-rolling soul grooves -- sometimes assisted by guests like Bekka Bramlett and Wendy Moten, often delivered solo -- which is a nice backdrop for the grittier or bluesier songs, such as the Vince Gill duet "Don't Cross Me Wrong," "Edge of the World," or "Lost in Louisiana." The consistency calls the decision to divide this album into three EPs into question, but this is a satisfying collection of songs, showcasing a John Oates who is growing stronger on his own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2014
  • Label: Phunk Shui
  • UPC: 093624938958
  • Catalog Number: 541746
  • Sales rank: 1,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stone Cold Love (2:42)
  2. 2 The Head That Wears the Crown (4:08)
  3. 3 Pushing a Rock Uphill (4:02)
  4. 4 Believe In Me (3:12)
  5. 5 High Maintenance - Hot Chelle Rae (3:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Close (3:42)
  2. 2 Stand Strong (4:08)
  3. 3 Lose It In Louisiana (4:09)
  4. 4 Save Me (3:52)
  5. 5 Six Men (4:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Don't Cross Me Wrong (4:56)
  2. 2 Bad Bad Love (3:56)
  3. 3 Edge of the World (3:52)
  4. 4 Bad Luck and Trouble (3:27)
  5. 5 Different Kind of Groove Sometime (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Oates Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas Lap Steel Guitar
Roddie Romero Accordion
David Torkanowsky Keyboards
Mike Henderson Guitar
Bekka Bramlett Vocals, Background Vocals
Luke Bulla Fiddle
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Lap Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Guitar, Vocals
Jim Hoke Flute, Horn
Colin Linden Slide Guitar
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Kevin McKendree Keyboards
Greg Morrow Drums
Wendy Moten Vocals, Background Vocals
George Porter Jr. Bass
Michael Rhodes Bass
Tommy Sims Bass, Guitar
Shane Theriot Guitar, Electric Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass
Teddy Morgan Banjo, Electric Guitar
Ian Keaggy Bass
Beau Thomas Fiddle
Vinnie Ciesielski Horn
Tim Lauer Keyboards
Angela Primm Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Latham Percussion
Tom Bukovac Guitar, Electric Guitar
Nir Z. Drums
Tony Lucido Bass
Ryan Tedder Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chad Gilmore Percussion, Drums
Steve Mackey Bass
Nathan Chapman Electric Guitar
Jimmy Wallace Hammond B3
Jon Coleman Organ
Danny Rader Bazouki, Guitar (Resonator)
Gareth Dunlop Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ryan K. Follese Vocals
Jamie Follese Drums
Nash Overstreet Guitar, Vocals
Josh Morant Drums
Gale Mayes Vocals, Background Vocals
Fred Elteringham Drums
Javier Sollis Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Jerry Douglas Composer, Producer
Jim Lauderdale Composer
Mike Henderson Composer, Producer
Vince Gill Composer
Kevin Griffin Composer
Justin Niebank Engineer
John Oates Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tommy Sims Composer, Producer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Teddy Morgan Composer, Producer, Engineer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Ian Keaggy Composer
Tim Lauer Producer, Engineer
Chris Latham Engineer
James Waddell Engineer
Tom Bukovac Producer
Greg Bieck Engineer, Additional Production
Ryan Tedder Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Chad Gilmore Producer
Jack Miele Engineer
Nathan Chapman Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
David Kalmusky Producer, Engineer
Hot Chelle Rae Producer
Hank Williams Mastering
Gareth Dunlop Composer
Ryan K. Follese Composer
Nash Overstreet Composer, Programming, Engineer
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