John Oates Performs “Pushin’ a Rock” and “Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee” Live in the Volume.com Studio

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World-famous Nashville-based singer-songwriter John Oats joined us in the Volume.com studio today to play the acoustic versions of a couple of his songs. Oates and DJ Casey also discussed the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic turned Oates’ life upside-down, spurring an unexpected burst of creativity. For instance, Oates rewrote “Pushin’ a Rock” during this time, breaking from his long-established tradition of never rewriting his own songs.

When armed with an acoustic guitar, Oates really puts his songwriting prowess on display. His memorable and impactful writing more than supports itself without a full band. Check out the full interview and performance below!

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