Daryl Hall and Brooklyn-based soul singer/songwriter Eli “Paperboy” Reed, who will release his Capitol Records debut this Spring, immediately discovered they had something in common before joining together for the 27th and latest installment of the groundbreaking web series, Live From Daryl’s House, available starting Jan. 15 at www.lfdh.com. As a special added attraction, Average White Band’s Alan Gorrie sat in on bass, helping Daryl and Eli cover one of the group’s biggest hits, “Pick Up the Pieces.”
The latest edition comes on the heels of Daryl Hall and John Oates receiving their first Grammy nomination since 1983 with a nod in the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for “Sara Smile,” from their Live at the Troubadour album on Shout! Factory.
Both Daryl and Eli are stone soul music freaks, with Reed’s odyssey taking him from a preternaturally mature teenage R&B shouter from a Boston high school to a Mississippi Delta juke joint, from Sunday morning gigs behind the organ at a tiny South Side Chicago church to headlining the coolest clubs in Brooklyn with his red-hot band, The True Loves.
Enthused Eli: “Doing Daryl's House was an amazing experience. Being able to sing both my own songs and his songs together with him was a huge thrill, not to mention the fact that the band was awesome. It was a blast and I'd love to do it again.”
Daryl and Eli collaborated on a set that includes a cover of Hall and Oates’ “It’s Uncanny,” from their 1977 No Goodbyes “hits compilation” for Atlantic Records and legendary Philly street corner band The Volcanos’ “Storm Warning,” an H&O outtake originally intended for the 1990 album, Change of Season, now included on the recently released Sony Legacy box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are.
The performances also includes the Reed originals, “Take My Love With You,” “I Found You Out,” “Pick a Number” and “You Can Run On,” and covers of AWB’s “Pick Up the Pieces,” Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford’s “I Need Your Loving Everyday,” The Falcons featuring Wilson Pickett’s “I Found a Love” and Chicago soul duo Mel and Tim’s “Starting All Over Again,” a song covered by Daryl and John for their 1990 Change of Season album.
Reed has previously released a pair of indie albums, Sings Walkin’ and Talkin’ and Other Smash Hits!, followed by Roll With You, with Rolling Stone naming him a “Breaking Artist,” praising his “howling grooves and dirty down home R&B,” while U.K.’s Mojo nominated him as its Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Past episodes of Live from Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Finger Eleven’s James Black and Rick Jackett, the Bacon Brothers and country star Jimmy Wayne, along with newcomers such as Philly soul singer Mutlu, Canadian techno-rockers Chromeo, MySpace pop-rock phenom Eric Hutchinson, Cash Money rocker Kevin Rudolf, Wind-up Records’ Chicago rockers Company of Thieves, Bay Area singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson, Charlottesville, VA’s rising Parachute, Chicago rock band Plain White T’s and highly touted tunesmith Diane Birch.
Daryl started the free monthly web show in late 2007 after having the idea of “playing with my friends and putting it up on the Internet,” and the show has since garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Daily Variety, CNN, BBC, Yahoo! Music and influential blogger Bob Lefsetz, who have cited Live From Daryl’s House as a perfect example of a veteran artist reinventing himself in the digital age by collaborating with both established colleagues and newer performers.