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Press Release: Country Celebrates The Doobie Brothers with the November 4 Release of Southbound

Country Celebrates The Doobie Brothers with the November 4 Release of Southbound

Additional Artists and Track Listing Announced for the Star-Studded Collection

Nashville, TN – Country music is celebrating four-time GRAMMY® winning band The Doobie Brothers with the November 4 release of Southbound, as some of country’s biggest stars join The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald for all-new recordings of the band’s classic hits. Blake Shelton, Casey James, Charlie Worsham, Johnnyswim’s Amanda Sudano Ramirez, and Tyler Farr have been added to the roster of artists choosing their favorite Doobie songs to record with the band, with selected tracks featuring special instrumental contributions from Hunter Hayes and Vince Gill.

Releasing on Arista Nashville, Southbound also features previously announced artists Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, and Love and Theft.

The Doobie Brothers’ most recent studio lineup harkens back to their earliest days. Fellow singer-songwriter-guitarist-lead-vocalists Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston continue to front the group, while multi-instrumentalist John McFee’s history with the Brothers dates back to 1978, after his stint with Southern Pacific. Michael McDonald returns to The Doobie Brothers for this project, which invites fans to once again “Listen to the Music” in a whole new way.

Joining The Doobie Brothers on these new recordings, the guest artists and a complete track listing (sequence pending) are as follows:

“Black Water” with Zac Brown Band
“China Grove” with Chris Young
“Jesus Is Just Alright” with Casey James
“Listen to the Music” with Blake Shelton with Hunter Hayes on guitar
“Long Train Runnin’” with Toby Keith
“Nobody” with Charlie Worsham
“Rockin’ Down the Highway” with Brad Paisley
“South City Midnight Lady” with Jerrod Niemann
“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” with Tyler Farr
“Takin’ It to the Streets” with Love and Theft
“What a Fool Believes” with Sara Evans
“You Belong to Me” with Amanda Sudano Ramirez of the band Johnnyswim with Vince Gill on guitar

The album is currently available for pre-order here:

In choosing the album title, The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston remarked, “Southbound seemed like the perfect name of this collaboration project with all these dynamic country artists. The band has a lot of roots, both musically and lyrically, from the South such as blues, country, R&B, and folk. To us it was a natural fit that it be called Southbound.”

As durable as American steel, Northern California’s four-time GRAMMY winning Doobie Brothers have become part of America’s musical firmament. The Doobies have rung up a glittering track record that would be the envy of any band. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” To date, the band’s propulsive, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style has sold more than 40 million albums.

Their #1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes,” both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that includes “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me in Your Arms,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor,” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits.

Formed in 1969 by Simmons and Johnston, the Doobies made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records, attaining radio and chart ubiquity in the early ’70s. The group’s expanded line-up was later augmented by Michael McDonald, whose soaring lead vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights.


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Kate Richardson, Richlyn Marketing, LLC, 615-243-0619,

Video: Doobie Brothers perform “Black Water” with Zac Brown Band at Fenway Park

Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, and John McFee of the Doobie Brothers joined the Zac Brown Band on stage last night at Fenway Park to perform “Black Water.” Read the story on Ultimate Classic Rock

Pat Simmons Interview in Chicagoist

The Doobie Brothers will play Montrose Beach Saturday night. We caught up with founding member, guitarist, singer and songwriter Patrick Simmons earlier this afternoon to discuss the tour, the band’s mark on American culture and what’s next for the act.

Simmons said the Doobie Brothers will be performing about 80 shows this year all over the globe.

“Normally we do about 100,” he said. “We’re cutting back a little bit to spend some time with our families and such. We’ve been doing this a long time, so we just think we deserve a few weeks off here and there.”

Continue reading at Chicagoist…

Sony Music Nashville Holds Doobie Brothers Collaboration Album Listening Event

At their Music Row headquarters yesterday, Sony Music Nashville held a listening event for their forthcoming Doobie Brothers collaboration album featuring some of country’s biggest stars singing and playing along with the Doobie Brothers and Michael McDonald on all-new recordings of the band’s classic hits.

Pictured in the following, left to right, are: Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles, Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton, album producer & executive producer David Lyndon Huff, Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons, Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson, Doobie Tom Johnston, Casey James, Doobie John McFee and Doobie Brothers manager and album executive producer Bruce Cohn.



Broward Palm Beach New Times: Pat Simmons Interview Posted

The Broward Palm Beach New Times has posted a recent interview with Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons. Read it here.

Rumor Debunked: Michael Jackson Never Sang on a Doobie Brothers Record

Rumor has it that Michael Jackson secretly recorded background vocals for the Doobie Brothers‘ hit ‘Minute by Minute’ record. But as the band’s Patrick Simmons reminded us during a recent conversation with Ultimate Classic Rock, rumors aren’t always true.

Read More: Rumor Debunked: Michael Jackson Never Sang on a Doobie Brothers Record |

Photo: Pat Simmons jams at 2nd Annual Willie K’s BluesFest

Hawaiian Bluesman Wille K‘s 2nd annual BluesFest on Maui January 11th included among its all star lineup Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Here’s a great shot of Pat jamming with Willie K:

Pat Simmons with Willie K

Pat Simmons rings in the New Year with Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Steven Tyler and more…

Doobie Brother Pat Simmons kicked off the New Year with an all star jam of epic proportions at the Wailea Marriott on Maui. Among the legendary musicians performing at the event were Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, Steven Tyler, Weird Al Yankovic, Keith Carradine, Alice Cooper and his band, Orianthi, and Bob Rock. The event was MC’d by Tom Arnold, and promoted by legendary manager and philanthropist Shep Gordon. The show benefited the Maui Food Bank and other charities.

Maui New Years Eve 2014

Left to right: Pat Simmons, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, Bob Rock

Press Release: InTheStudio – Minute By Minute



The Doobie Brothers Stop The Clock, InTheStudio

35th Anniversary Of Their 1978 Grammy Award Winning

‘Album Of The Year’ Minute By Minute

Interviews With Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, John Hartman

Dallas, TX – December 10, 2013.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  celebrate the Doobie Brothers 1978 Grammy winning ‘Album of the Year’ Minute By Minute with Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, John Hartman and former Doobie Michael McDonald.

The Doobie Brothers had already established themselves as a successful outfit with seven studio albums, an equal number of US tours, and plenty of hit records. But when health issues sidelined lead singer/guitarist Tom Johnston, band newbie Michael McDonald would step in, first on Takin’ It to the Streets in 1976, then with  Livin’ on the Fault Line. But it would be   Minute By Minute that would complete the transformation of the Doobie Brothers’ sound, establishing the piano-based soulful groove as a greater focal point and topping the national sales chart. Mere months before the Doobies

racked up four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “What a Fool Believes”, many questioned this musical direction, including some execs at the Doobies dedicated record label Warner Brothers.  Guitarist/singer/songwriter and band co-founder Pat Simmons recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard his feelings about the song “Minute By Minute”.

“I thought it was THE song off that record to go with…We had trouble with the (record) company, they didn’t want to release that song (as a single). So when I first heard it (on the radio) I said “See? I told you that song was going to get played!”… I really felt vindicated. The record companies think they know, and really no one knows.”

The Doobie Brothers ‘Minute By Minute’/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM HERE.

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Media Release from Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival: Thu 28th Nov, 2013


Media Release from Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival:  Thu 28th Nov, 2013

The Doobie Brothers, Elvis Costello & The Imposters confirmed to headline inaugural Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival

Saturday April 26 2014

A new music festival in Queenstown is set to be a standout event on the South Island entertainment summer calendar.

The  Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival – a one-day outdoor event to be held at the Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday April 26 2014 with The Remarkables mountain range forming a lofty backdrop – features a stunning line-up of acclaimed national and international acts.

Headlining the day will be legendary California rock band The Doobie Brothers, along with acclaimed singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and The Imposters, New Zealand’s favourite live collaborative group Fly My Pretties, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul masters The Black Seeds, veteran blues musician King Leo and all-girl group The Johnnys, who deliver Johnny Cash songs like no-one’s heard ‘em before.

The festival also plans to hold a busking competition in Queenstown over Easter weekend (April 18-20), the winner of which will receive a coveted spot on the main stage for the Blues & Roots Festival.

The non-stop,full production music festival – scheduled to kick off from 11am with the first act on stage from 12 noon – will see up to 15,000 people enjoying the very best in blues, soul and rock and roll accompanied by an exciting array of local food, beer, wine and market stalls.

Veteran promoter & events organiser Grant Hilton formerly of the Bryon Bay Blues & Roots festival and director Barry Ellis say “we’ve been planning this event for a number of months now and can’t wait to bring acts of this calibre to the Queenstown Events Centre location, which with its main oval creating many vantage points is a superb venue for the festival”.

“With this line-up there really is something for everyone, a great fun day out not only for Queenstown locals and visitors, but for music-lovers from all around the South Island and further afield.

“It’s a massive boost to tourism at a quieter time of year so we’d really encourage everyone to get in quick for their tickets and book themselves a good ‘mini-break’ in our beautiful four-season resort to coincide with ANZAC Day weekend.

“And what better way to enjoy the day than with some great food and local wine to go with your music?”

Tickets for the Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival go on sale

 Monday December 2  2013

Available from

 TELE – 0800 BLUESQT (0800 2583778)


Limited ‘First Release’ tickets are available at $99 per person. 

The Acts

One of the enduring worldwide favourites of the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers will bring their celebrated catalogue of rock music to Queenstown. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s they evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop outfit.

Extolling smart pop hooks and warm, soulful vocals along the way, the group racked up a string of gold and platinum albums, along with a number of radio hits likeListen to the Music’, ‘Black Water’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, Takin’ It To The Streets’ and China Grove’, lacing their country-rock with an enjoyable dash of funk.

With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veteran John McFee, The Doobie Brothers will be performing as an eight-piece band including Tony Pia, Ed Toth, John Cowan, Marc Russo and Guy Allison.

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning almost four decades with a back catalogue of over 40 albums covering nearly every genre of music.  He is probably best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and his solo shows with pianist Steve Nieve.

A swag of nominations and awards include Grammy Awards, ASCAP’s prestigious Founders Award, an Oscar nomination and being inducted into the Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame – evidence of the respect and awe he commands from his peers.

Over the years he has worked with and written for the very best names in the music industry and most recently gatecrashed his own horizons by collaborating with The Roots, producing Wise Up Ghost.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters (Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher) are promising their Queenstown audience an incredible Costello musical encyclopedia ‘refresher course’ with a selection of songs from the past, present and future.

Fly My Pretties first entered New Zealander’s hearts and minds in 2004, with the assembly of a talented and exciting group of Wellington-based musicians for a special project. From that first successful season, sell out tours and platinum albums followed.

The eight-strong Black Seeds, with instruments including vocals, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, bass, drums, bongos, keyboard and even a wood block, have two double-platinum selling albums in New Zealand and have many successful European tours and releases under their belts.

The Johnnys, formed in 2011, are renowned for their sensitive, character-filled renditions of all the Cash classics coloured with spine-tingling vocal harmonies and infectious undertones of the Pacific.

King Leo will draw on the classic hard-driving sounds of Chicago, Texas and New Orleans – and his experience playing in the U.S. with a variety of blues bands and such masters of the genre as Bo Diddley - to bring high energy, good-time music and dancing to Queenstown.




For further media information please contact:

Barry Ellis


Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival

 CELL   0274 315 480