John Oates turning ‘Good Road’ into TV series
The Aspen Times
Woody Creeker and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates is adapting his “Good Road to Follow” project into a television series, its producers announced this week.
Oates began releasing songs online in 2013 under the auspices of “A Good Road to Follow,” featuring him exploring musical genres and collaborating with artists around the U.S. including Ryan Tedder, Vince Gill and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The project evolved into a series of EPs, then an album, released last year, and then a documentary film earlier this year.
“The road doesn’t really have an end,” Oates told The Aspen Times in February before a show at the Wheeler Opera House. “It has detours and potholes here and there, and every once in a while you get a good nice stretch where you can put the pedal to the metal. That’s how I’m looking at it. I think I’ve found a little theme that I can live with musically for a long time.”
The “Road” project’s latest permutation will be the TV series, which will feature Oates exploring America’s back roads in search of roots music, characters, off-the-beaten path towns and local food. “Good Road to Follow” is now in production and in negotiation with networks, according to production company DCI Communications.
It will feature Oates as a tour guide in locales around the country, each episode ending with a new musical collaboration.
Though Oates calls Woody Creek and Nashville home these days, he’s remained a road musician for decades — these days doing solo gigs between Hall and Oates tours.
“Two things that have really defined my life over the years are the road and roots music,” Oates said in the announcement of the new show. “So this is my chance to combine those two forces into a show that will allow viewers to come along with me on a unique journey.”