It was just a little idea Daryl Hall had: "Playing with my friends and putting it up on the Internet."
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That was back in the fall of 2007. Today, more than 40 episodes later, the free monthly webcast, 'Live From Daryl's House,' has turned into a genuine, blue-eyed success. Captivating music lovers of all ages, Hall has managed to pull in a startling range of both veteran and newer performers to sing with him, hang out, eat interesting food and add whatever they can to the cozy, intimate environs of Hall's tasteful country home. Rob Thomas, Train's Pat Monahan, Jose Feliciano, Smokey Robinson, the Doors' Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe and K.T. Tunstall are among many others have already appeared with Hall.
It has not just received rave reviews -- the show even provided Chicago superstation WGN American with a 75 percent ratings bump after premiering on television last New Year's Eve. It also just won the MTV Early O Music Award for Best Performance Series.
As Hall explains to Spinner, this is more than just a side project for him. Plain and simple, it's his future. And he now has big plans for what started out as just a "little idea."
Did you have any idea 'Live From Daryl's House' would take off the way it has?
I was hoping it would, to tell you the truth, because I was looking for something to expand upon my own invention. I mean, John [Oates] and I are really proud of our music and we play live a lot, but I wanted to be me. I'm not "half" of something. I wanted to show the world what I can do on my own. And I look at this as a new career