Live from Daryl’s House – Episode 48
I’ve been a big fan of the webcast Live from Daryl’s House for a little over a year now. The monthly show, which is primarily filmed from Daryl Hall’s gorgeous upstate New York residence, has been running on the web since 2007. In the vein of other great music shows like Elvis Costello’s Spectacle and Jools Holland’s Later, the webcast shows Hall playing with a wide range of guests from across the musical spectrum. Some of the guests to grace the show already include: Smokey Robinson, Todd Rundgren, Booker T. Jones, Fitz and the Tantrums, Nick Lowe, Mayer Hawthorne, John Rzeznik, Sharon Jones, Grace Potter, and, of course, John Oates.
This month’s episode is the second of a two-part run showcasing Hall’s recent solo album Laughing Down Crying. Hall, with his normal cast of studio musicians, performed and discussed the last five songs on the record to follow up with October’s show (where he played the first five). In this episode as much as any other, it’s interesting to watch musicians try to break down a track and figure out how to play it on the fly.
Among the tunes played is “Message to Ya,” which begins with lead guitarist Paul Pesco laying down a guitar riff which hooks you right into the track. Pesco also mixes in a funky bit towards the end of “Problem With You.” Hall himself is at his best in this grouping of songs on the ballad “Crash and Burn,” which he attributes to his experiences from the death of his longtime bandmate T-Bone Wolk.
Another highlight of Live from Daryl’s House is the recurring food segment, which has a convenient way of letting mouth-watering dishes enter the show. For Episode 48, Hall and co. trotted out what appeared to be a particularly savory Lobster Fra Diavolo. During the dinner segments the conversation always flows back to music, and in this episode, watching Hall discuss his inspiration for particular tracks is an uncommon close look at such a well-known songwriter’s material.
Each new episode of Live from Daryl’s House hits on the 15th of each month on http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/welcome.html and on CBS’ predawn Sunday programming.