First, the bad news: Legendary blue-eyed soul duo Daryl Hall and John Oates may be out on their annual summer shed tour, which hits the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on Tuesday, but don’t expect new music from them anytime soon. Or, as Oates puts it, “Never say never. But honestly, the future of Hall and Oates is in its past. We have so much music that we’ve created over the past 30 years, and by playing the songs that people want to hear, they still live on.” The good news? Hall is happily busy with his hit webcast “Live From Daryl’s House,” while Oates’ own plate is overflowing with tasty projects, like his solo “The Bluesville Sessions” CD and the Aspen Songwriters Festival he launched three years ago in his native Colorado.
So you live up in the Rockies now, surrounded by emus, peacocks, llamas and alpacas? Yeah. We’ve got a little rescue ranch. My wife is really into that, and she’s always had a lot of exotic animals. We have a few acres, and they just cruise around.
But you also have a place in Nashville, where you’ve been co-writing like crazy, right? Yes. The city’s fantastic, the people are great, and it’s a really unbelievable music community. And I feel like I’ve really been accepted there. We spend almost half our time there now.
You’ve already written with Donavon Frankenreiter, Daphne Willis and Jim Lauderdale. Any co-writing chemistry that’s surprised you? Anything that’s actually happened with me has happened because we’ve got a chemistry. There are some co-writes that you’ve never heard about because maybe the chemistry wasn’t there. But the ones you’ve mentioned are the people I’ve really clicked with.
How did your festival start? I’d done a lot of songwriter in-the-rounds, and really enjoyed them. But it was something that had never been done in Aspen. So I brought out Patty Griffin, Jimmy Wayne and Tift Merritt for an in-the-round show, and it went over so well that the city of Aspen asked me to extend it to a festival.
There was a snarky “Family Guy” episode where Lois Griffin, playing a groupie, chooses Daryl and ignores you. Are you angry or oddly pleased with Seth MacFarlane? I’ve met him a number of times, and we’ve actually been to his studios — we did voiceovers for “The Cleveland Show,” and the guys who do “American Dad” are planning to use our songs.
How did your trademark mustache morph into a soul patch? Getting older, gravity works its effect on various body parts. So it’s basically the same mustache — it’s just dropped a little bit!
Daryl Hall and John Oates
Where: Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Tickets: $49.50 to $99.50
Contact: (888) 929-7849; www.axs.com