High Five

John Oates on Life is good festival

From left, Daryl Hall and John Oates.

From left, Daryl Hall and John Oates.

This week’s installment could be dubbed the “Mile-High Five,” as John Oates checked in from a plane bound from his home in Colorado to Nashville. Right about now, Oates should be making his way towards the area in order to headline the Saturday installment of the two-day Life is good festival at Prowse Farm in Canton with longtime partner-in-rhyme Daryl Hall, with whom he’s sold millions of albums on the strength of enduring hits like “Sara Smile” and “You Make My Dreams.”

“[I’m] looking forward to a new experience at Life is good,” he said in an e-mail. “I like the fact that the festival is family-friendly and has charity components.” Oates is also currently in promotion mode for his monthly singles series “Good Road to Follow,” which has found him collaborating with everyone from country star Vince Gill to pop maestro Ryan Tedder. In honor of the festival, which also features Jack Johnson, the Roots, Dawes, Trampled by Turtles and more, Oates shared with us five reasons why he thinks his life is good.


1. The fundamentals. “I’m healthy, have a great family, and play music for a living!”

2. The longevity. “After 40 years, people still want to hear what I’m doing.”

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3. The band. “The Hall and Oates band is on fire.”

4. The community. “I’ve been jamming, writing, and collaborating with some incredibly gifted and inspiring musicians this past year.”

5. The continued creativity. “I’m getting ready to put some new original songs together for a new album based on my digital singles that I’ve been releasing on the ‘Good Road to Follow’ project.”


Daryl Hall and John Oates play the Life is good Festival Saturday. Single day tickets are $20 for kids and $65 for adults.

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