|R-L (Daryl Hall, Paul Pesco, Allen Stone)
Episode 51 of Live From Daryl’s House brought rising soul singer Allen Stone to Duchess County, New York for a session with Daryl Hall. The enjoyable episode was filled with soul, steaks, and smiles as the two singers delved into their catalogs for the February episode of the monthly webcast.
The broadest of the smiles belonged to the 24-year old Stone, who appeared to be having the time of his life as he sang with Hall. Stone possesses several unmistakable comparisons to Hall, from the long blonde mane to the rarely matched ability to hit the highest of high notes in perfect harmony.
The four songs that were chosen from Stone’s catalog meshed perfectly with Hall and his backing band. Taken from Stone’s second album, the tracks “Say So” and “What I’ve Seen” bare resemblances to Hall & Oates songs. Performed in the middle of the set, the ballad “Unaware” was the duo’s most magical collaboration as the palpable chemistry between the two leaked across the internet.
When selecting songs from his counterpart’s extensive play list, Stone opted to take two songs from opposite ends of Hall’s career. For the first song, Stone dug into Hall’s catalog with “Ennui On the Mountain,” a deep cut from 1975’s Daryl Hall & John Oates. The second track, “Lifetime of Love” was from Hall’s most recent record, Laughing Down Crying, which was released last autumn.
The guest chef for Episode 51 was Philadelphia’s Tony Luke Jr. (who for Long After Dark’s money owns one of the two best cheesesteak places in Philadelphia). Luke and Daryl Hall introduced Stone to the proper, correct way to perfect a cheesesteak, including the all-important lean. For the record, Hall likes his cheesesteaks provolone, with, pizza sauce.
Stone will hit the road with Hall in the spring, when the Live From Daryl’s House Tour will pair Stone and Sharon Jones on a handful of stops along the East Coast.