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How did you come to roots music?

I began playing guitar in the early '60s; by
age 11 or 12 I'd been playing for six years,
doing rock and roll hits of the day. I had a
revelation one Christmas holiday when a
friend of my brother came back from college in North Carolina. The folk boom was
happening on college campuses and he had
records by Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, the
Weavers, the Carter Family, John Jacob Niles,
Hedy West, and all these esoteric artists.
I went, "My God! What is this?!" I dove
in head-first and began to learn best I
could. That became the foundation of my
roots-music knowledge. When I moved to
Philadelphia in '67, I got a job teaching
guitar to put myself through college at
a folk-guitar center. Everybody thinks
of Philadelphia as Gamble & Huff and
R&B, and it certainly is. But the city has
an amazing folk tradition. The Philadelphia Folk Festival has been going on for
50-plus years and coffee houses like Main
Point and 2nd Fret were main stops on the
folk circuit. I saw all the great traditional
performers. Then, in the late '60s I had the
good fortune of meeting "Philadelphia"
Jerry Ricks. I'd encourage people who want
to hear great rural blues to listen to his
albums. He became my teacher and mentor, introduced me to a lot of performers,
and taught me the most-authentic styles.
That became my foundation as a musician.

MJH Guild F-30: Philip Murphy.

You met Mississippi John Hurt.

The '64 Guild F-30 seen for years in
the able hands of Piedmont-blues
master Mississippi John Hurt.

Oates' journey on the guitar began in the
early '60s and though it has taken detours, his
heart never strayed from the essential art of

music. His sixth solo album, Arkansas, was
an inspired return to his earliest aspirations.
Beginning as an homage to Hurt, the disc
evolved into what Oates calls, "Dixieland
dipped in bluegrass and salted with Delta
blues." It underscores his passion for the guitar, music from the late '20s, and a Guild F-30
that accompanied Hurt through his prime.
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I saw him perform many times when
he was rediscovered in the early/mid
'60s. I'd seen him at 2nd Fret and Main
Point, at coffee houses, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. I listened to his
records and learned to play like him.
He would sleep on my guitar teacher's
couch, and when he passed away in '66,
his guitar was given to my teacher. When
Daryl [Hall] and I got ready to record in
'71/'72, I asked Jerry to play on our first
two albums. He said, "Why don't I bring
John's guitar so you can play it?" I was
like, "Hell, yeah!" So I played it on Whole
Oates and Abandoned Luncheonette. Jerry
went on to play blues all over the world
and moved to Denver in '75. He sold the
guitar to Harry Tuft, who ran the Denver
Folklore Center. Harry then sold the guitar
to David Ferretta, who also had a guitar
shop in Denver. It remained with him
until he passed away in 2016.
Harry read my book, Change Of Seasons,
as did David Ferretta's daughter, who was
in charge of his estate. They found out
that I played the guitar in the early '70s,
and a mutual friend, Tracey Yee, put us
together. I ended up buying the guitar a
month after Arkansas was finished.
What kind of condition was it in?


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