Everybody, it seems, loves Hall and Oates, the childhood friends from Philadelphia who fashioned a career that spanned four decades and won them pop and R&B fans from multiple generations.
Not everyone, though, is familiar with “Live From Daryl’s Place,” the free Internet show that Daryl Hall started in November 2007. Took me a while to find it myself after stumbling across an episode or two on YouTube. The show also airs on an obscure cable network (Palladia).
The concept is simple: Each week, Daryl invites a guest artist to join him and his house band at his place in Millerton, New York. a village of fewer than 1,000 people near the Connecticut border. Guests range from the old (like Smokey Robinson, Joe Walsh, Shelby Lynne and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top) to the newer (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Diane Birch and the Plain White Ts). Guests will collaborate with him on an old Hall and Oates song and then he’ll return the favor by joining in on some of their songs during the half-hour episode..
The results are very cool. I could be predictable and share videos of my favorites — Grace Potter, KT Tunstall, Fitz and the Tantrums — but for the sake of variety here are three performances i particularly liked.