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IN HIS OWN WORDS

“Many people might be surprised by this [my Americana music] but this was the music I brought to the table when I met Daryl Hall, it’s a return to my roots. Chuck Berry was a huge influence. We talk of black music being labelled the Devil’s music then, but have we made any progress?

“With the folk revival in the early 60s we rediscovered blues and Appalachian music, I was hearing that for the first time. We saw how British bands repackaged and reinterpreted it in their style. John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters were a non-event in the US, but Philadelphia [Oates’ hometown] had a deep R&B connection, with radio stations and DJs and underground radio began there, too.

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