Daryl Hall gets the “last laugh” on a very special edition of Live from Daryl’s House with the first of a two-part series spotlighting songs from his recent Verve Forecast solo album, Laughing Down Crying on the 47th and latest edition of the award-winning web series, premiering Oct. 15 exclusively at www.lfdh.com.
This month’s special installment of the Webby and MTV O Music award-winning Internet series, which made its nationally syndicated TV broadcast debut on most of the country’s top markets last month, finds Hall going it alone on a five-song set that includes the title track, “Talking to Myself,” “Eyes for You” and “Save Me” and “Lifetime of Love.” The episode will also feature March Fry, Daryl’s step-daughter, singing background vocals, which she also did on the album.
"I came up with that title, probably invented it, to describe that emotional turmoil," explains Daryl about Laughing Down Crying, his fifth solo studio album, and first since 1997’s Can’t Stop Dreaming. “It’s about being in both places at once, emotionally wired and depressed, confused and frustrated.”
“Why now?” asks Daryl rhetorically about the almost 14-year wait between solo efforts. “Why not now? At this point, I feel like my present and future, in a creative sense, is me.”
The five-song set includes the title track “Laughing Down Crying,” which Hall calls “my Fender Telecaster sound.” “Talking to Myself” is a nod to Daryl’s motto of “don’t fear the ‘80s,” he laughs. “Anybody can tell it’s me after the first 10 seconds, when my vocals come in.” “Lifetime of Love,” one of his final collaborations with T-Bone Wolk, confronts the “ups and downs in my emotional life,” while “Eyes for You” has “an amazing funk groove” which is unmistakably Daryl-esq. “Save Me” is a secular gospel song about going from “an isolated, solitary person” to being a person who feels the need to get it right, once and for all.”
Allmusic called the album “the work of a master musician doing what he does best—writing and performing beautifully crafted pop songs in terrific form—while proving that not only does he have plenty left to say in the new millennium, but has everything it takes to compete in the marketplace.”
The past four years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl’s House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony two years ago at N.Y.’s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV earlier this year.
The show is syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions in association with Scott Sternberg Productions and distributor Trifecta Entertainment & Media. Executive producers for the show include Hall and Scott Sternberg along with Daryl Hall manager Jonathan Wolfson.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Daryl. “When I first had the idea for this series four years ago, I was hoping to reach a wide audience, and this is just another step in that plan.”
Live from Daryl’s House is being shown weekly in over 80% of U.S. homes in the nation’s top 200 media markets, as well as all of the top 10, including New York (WPIX), L.A. (KTLA), Chicago (WGN), Dallas (KDAF) and Houston (KIAH). The show has also cleared in such key markets as Philadelphia (CBS-owned KYW), Boston (KBIN) and Atlanta (WATL), as well as a number of NBC, Fox and CBS-owned affiliates across the country. Most stations are airing a full hour with two original shows back to back on Saturday nights. The first week of the show did a .2 in national Nielsens, with the second week increasing 50% and several stations adding airings.
The 46 previous episodes of Live From Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Booker T and the MGs, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Nikki Jean, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T’s, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster.
Daryl launched the free monthly web series in Nov., 2007, after having the light-bulb 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 and newer performers.