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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

John Oates' Change of Seasons

Good guy...I must confess when I heard "Abandoned Luncheonette" about 1973 I thought to myself that they had made exactly the kind of record I'd want to have made if I was recording music...soul music harboring other influences but with an acoustic instrument flavor and harmonies that referenced other genres as well...for the record, they have made several fine records since "Change of Seasons"...they have toured on and off since "Marigold Sky" in 1997, and released "Do It For Love", and "Our Kind of Soul" (an excellent record of soul covers with a couple of originals)...since "Live from Daryl's House" took off in 2007 on the internet and eventually on television, they've been on the road every year,  and have toured with and given signficant attention to up and coming acts like Sharon Jones (now deceased), Allen Stone, Mayer Hawthorne, Trombone Shorty...I realize I am probably writing John's second book here, so I 'll stop...but the story does go on...thanks for the profile and interview Henry...I always enjoy your column.