LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE: Rob Thomas, Rumer, Finger Eleven, Jason Mraz

LFDH-TitleDaryl Hall had an idea for a internet web series where he’d invite some of his favorite music friends to come to his house in upstate New York for a jam session online.   Home movies started off amateurish but before long, the series caught on, production values went way up, cable TV came calling.   Soon artists now started asking Daryl if they could be next in line to visit.    You’ve got legends like Smokey Robinson, Joe Walsh, Ray Mansarek from the Doors plus trendy artists on the rise like Rumer, Dirty Heads, Company Of Thieves, and Eric Hutchinson all joining Daryl in an acoustic setting.   Add in current superstars like Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Train, Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Jason Mraz, and Grace Potter and you’ve got a highly addictive musical series.

grace-darylBrilliant career move for Daryl!   You’ve got one of the biggest selling performers of the 70’s and 80’s whose career has turned into the traditional smaller arena act playing greatest hits as the focus of their set list.    Now, Daryl is bringing his old music alive with new creative renditions with a wide variety of collaborators.   The web series is now a staple on cable TV as a feature on the Palladia channel. You can just feel the creativity energy in the room! “Why don’t we try it this way?” Rumer adds a jazzy feel to Sara Smile. Cee-Lo Green gets funky on a Hall & Oates classic. If you’ve missed the show, check it out online or on cable.

hall ceeloTypical show:   Rob Thomas shows up excited to play with his musical hero.   They jam on a couple Matchbox 20 songs.   Daryl has his personal chef whip up a caesar salad and some steaks while the guys discuss the “new” version of Kiss On My List they performed earlier in the day.   Rob Thomas adds a whole new twist to one of my least favorite H&O songs and reinvents it.  Some artists hold sacred to their renditions, Daryl Hall welcomes artists adding their unique flavor.