NEW YORK, April 12, 2011-Daryl Hall and Dave Stewart know a little something about being part of platinum-plus duos, and they take that experience both with-and without-their famous partners to explore some gems in the 41st and latest webisode of Live From Daryl's House. The newest installment of the Webby award-winning Internet series, which recently made its broadcast debut on WGN America to impressive ratings, will debut at www.lfdh.com on April 15.
The show reunited the two veteran musicians, who worked together when Stewart co-produced Daryl's 1986 solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. A member of the Eurythmics with Annie Lenox and an award-winning producer, Stewart joined Daryl at his home for a set that featured the Top 40 single from that album in "Dreamtime," along with two classic Eurythmics hits, "Missionary Man" and "Here Comes the Rain Again," the latter featuring Daryl on piano and Dave on acoustic guitar. The pair also perform "The Gypsy Girl and Me," an autobiographical song from Stewart's upcoming album, The Blackbird Diaries, which he recorded at the famed Nashville studio and comes out June 28 on Weapons of Mass Entertainment/Surfdog Records through Razor & Tie Music.
Stewart's career spans more than 30 years and more than 100 million album sales, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award with Lenox. One of the most sought-after writers and music producers, Dave has crafted songs for and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Tom Petty, and Gwen Stefani, among many others, and has shared the stage with everybody from BB King, U2, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. His new album, The Blackbird Diaries, features a co-write with Bob Dylan and another with Stevie Nicks as well as duets with Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and a cameo by The Secret Sisters.
Dave called his appearance on Live from Daryl's House "better than being a guest on any other music show on the planet....Daryl Hall has created a flawless TV show that organically combines great songwriting and performance, capturing on film the excitement and camaraderie that exists amongst artists who love music as opposed to the ever present shallow and competitive world of crass talent shows."
Dave adds: "When you watch ‘Live From Daryl's House,' you feel as if you are there having fun with them. Fortunately, I was there and it's just as much fun as you think it is, plus I got to eat and drink there afterwards and get carried out by Daryl Himself!"
Says Daryl: "Playing and hanging out with Dave was just as creative and fun as it always is every time we get together. He's my buddy and he's the best!"
The past 18 months 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 last summer at N.Y.'s Cipriani Wall Street.
The 40 previous episodes of Live From Daryl's House have featured a mix of well-known performers Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Travie McCoy and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Cash Money rocker Kevin Rudolf, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T's, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, 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 webcast in November, 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. The show marked its broadcast debut New Year's Eve on superstation WGN American in Chicago, where its improved ratings for the time period almost 75%. He has also recently announced plans for a live version of the show with Todd Rundgren.
Photo credit: Mark Maglio