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The Doobies to Perform on The 48th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 5

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2014


The Doobie Brothers Are “Takin’ It to the Streets” with the November 4 Release of Southbound

The Doobies to Perform on The 48th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 5

“What a Fool Believes” with Sara Evans Is the Third New Track Available Now with Your Pre-Order of Southbound

Nashville, TN – Four-time GRAMMY®-winning band The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald are gearing up for the November 4 release of its new album, Southbound, which finds the iconic music makers collaborating with some of country’s top stars for all-new versions of a dozen of the band’s classic hits. Appropriately enough, the band will be in Nashville for Country Music’s Biggest Night™ for a performance on The 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing live, Wednesday, November 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

New this week, Southbound track “What a Fool Believes” with Sara Evans becomes the third song available immediately to fans who pre-order the digital album.

For Evans, the opportunity to be a part of Southbound was not to be missed. “I love The Doobie Brothers’ music. They are really one of the coolest acts…ever! It is so nostalgic for me. It is embedded in my memory. It reminds me of riding around with my dad,” Evans shares.

She adds, “I really connect to Michael McDonald’s voice. He actually sang with me on one of my records, which was one of the biggest honors of my career. In my opinion, hearing what he did on this version of ‘What a Fool Believes’ – just the phrasing and his vocal – I actually think this is better than the original.”

McDonald was similarly delighted to have Evans perform on this new version of 1979’s GRAMMY-winning Record and Song of the Year. “Sara Evans is a phenomenal singer. When I heard that she was interested in being part of ‘What a Fool Believes,’ I knew she would hit it out of the park…and she did.”

Along with “What a Fool Believes,” fans who pre-order the digital album will also receive “Listen to the Music,” with Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes on guitar, as well as “Black Water,” with Zac Brown Band.

Pre-order here:

The track listing with guest artists joining The Doobie Brothers on Southbound is as follows:

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

Releasing on Arista Nashville, Southbound finds Michael McDonald returning to the band for this project, while 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 (and Southern Pacific co-founder) John McFee’s history with the Brothers dates back to 1978.

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.

Their #1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes,” both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that includes “Listen to the Music,” “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.

Through their career, 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.

Exclusive: The Doobie Brothers Collab With Casey James And Reunite With Michael McDonald

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“I would have been honored to do any song [with the Doobie Brothers], so to be able to do the song that I wanted to do is amazing.” – Casey James

See Casey talk about the recording of “Jesus is Just Alright” from Southbound on VH-1  HERE

Pre-Order Southbound and download “What a Fool Believes,” “Listen to the Music” & “Black Water” instantly!


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Michael McDonald returns to the Doobie Brothers with special guest Sara Evans for “What a Fool Believes” on Southbound. See why the song reminds Sara of her son on HERE

Jerrod Niemann Collaborates on “South City Midnight Lady”


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Pat Simmons is just an American icon when it comes to songwriters, so just to be able to sing a song by him is exciting… I’m sure some people have made some good love to ‘South City Midnight Lady.’” – Jerrod Niemann

See what else Jerrod Niemann has to say about the song on Country Music is Love HERE

The Train Keeps Runnin’ with Toby Keith


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Toby Keith joined the Doobie Brothers in the studio for their classic “Long Train Runnin.” See what Roughstock had to say about the collaboration HERE


Charlie Worsham

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“Music really does serve a purpose, and the Doobie Brothers always use that as their compass.” -Charlie Worsham

Charlie joins the Doobies for a new rendition of “Nobody” on Southbound. Click here to watch the behind-the-scenes video on YouTube!

Doobie Brothers head Southbound with Billboard


“Getting to work with these artists is kind of fascinating…they are making the songs new again.” – Doobie Brothers

Find out what the artists featured on Southbound have to say about working with the Doobie Brothers on

Read more and watch the video HERE:  Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers ‘Southbound’ Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

Pre-Order Southbound on iTunes and you’ll get “Listen To The Music” featuring Blake Shelton & Hunter Hayes instantly!


Pre-Order Southbound on iTunes and you’ll get “Listen To The Music” featuring Blake Shelton & Hunter Hayes instantly!!   Along with “Black Water” featuring the Zac Brown Band!

Pre-Order now!

Go Behind the Scenes With Love And Theft and the Doobie Brothers

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“Country music fans are currently a-buzz this fall about a very special tribute album:Southbound, which features some of country music’s biggest stars teaming with the iconic Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald for all-new recordings of the band’s classic hits.”

Read more & watch the video here:

The Doobie Brothers inducted into the IEBA Hall Of Fame

The Doobie Brothers recently rocked the September 30 IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association) Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame CMA Theatre. They are the first rock band to be inducted into IEBA’s Hall of Fame.

Tom Johnston speaks during the ceremony

Patrick Simmons speaks during the ceremony

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Honored alongside their longtime manager, Bruce Cohn, the band was feted on-screen by several artists featured on their upcoming “Southbound” collaboration album and in-person by the incomparable Vince Gill. To the surprise and thrill of the industry-only crowd, the band then performed a rousing three-song set, culminating in an extended standing ovation.

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Congratulations to The Doobie Brothers and Bruce!

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