John Oates is taking fans on a cross-genre journey with his latest project, Good Road To Follow. The second single “Don’t Cross Me Wrong,” a blues-rock track written and produced with country vet Vince Gill, was released last month.
“Having the chance to write, record and co-produce with Vince Gill was, without a doubt, a highlight in my musical life, says Oates when asked about the single. “I've been a fan of Vince for years and consider him to be one of the greatest vocalists and guitarists of our time.”
The song, which is the first collaboration between Oates and Gill, was written in Gill’s living room. Oates notes that the idea started with a title and developed easily, “We wrote the song in literally a half an hour. In fact, it happened so quickly, I kind of looked at him and said, ‘did we just finish this?’”
“Don’t Cross Me Wrong” features a guitar solo from Gill, vocals from Oates, plus such esteemed musicians as Willie Weeks (bass), Chad Cromwell (drums) and Bekka Bramlett (background vocals).
“You just cast the right players and...if you trust those gifted people that play music, they won’t steer you wrong,” said Gill of the recording process.
Unrestricted by musical barriers, Oates has collaborated with some of the world’s brightest music makers, ranging from songwriter/producer/musician Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic to pop band Hot Chelle Rae ("High Maintenance," the first track of the Good Road To Follow project, also available now).
Oates will release a single-a-month from the PS Records/Elektra Records project. Fans can subscribe to the series receiving a new download and exclusive content every four weeks, purchase limited edition clothing and merchandise inspired by the songs, and individual tracks.
These collaborative experiences, combined with not having to think about the album as a cohesive collection, give Oates the freedom to explore his wide range of influences, and there’s no limit to the number of songs that could follow. “Who knows, this could be a recording project that never ends,” Oates muses. “I’m having more fun now than I’ve ever had in my career.”