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Digital Journal – The Doobie Brothers talks ‘Southbound’ CD, touring and Luke Bryan

Tom Johnston, the lead singer and founding member of The Doobie Brothers, chatted about their upcoming album that will be released on Sony Music Nashville this fall.

This tribute CD, Southbound, reunites the band with Michael McDonald and it will be released on November 4. “We were on the road and the producer came and spoke with us and wanted to do a collaborative album with The Doobie Brothers doing their greatest hits with country artists that most people know. We went ahead and we recorded our songs and thought it was a cool idea. We ended up having a really good time doing it,” he said. “Michael McDonald is on the album too and he has three songs on there. I don’t see him often, but we see him once in a while.”

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/a-and-e/music/the-doobie-brothers-talks-southbound-cd-touring-and-luke-bryan/article/394704#ixzz39pUPtfJD

MusicRow – Takin’ It To The Streets: Doobie Brothers Team With Country Hitmakers

Producer David Huff is bringing one of his all-time favorite bands from the past into the present with a new project. “The Doobie Brothers are such an important band in the history of music. The hits transcend time,” explained Huff. “I listened to them growing up in Brentwood and practiced drums to their records.”

He approached The Doobie’s manager Bruce Cohnwith the idea of pairing the band with Country stars for re-imagined versions of The Doobie’s classic hits. Cohen set up a meeting between Huff and the band. “I told them, ‘I think there’s a whole new audience for you, and there’s a way to make you relevant to today’s market just by doing the songs a little bit differently.’ They were curious about the project, but it took laying it out piece by piece to get them on board, specifically about how to rework the songs and ideas for touring.”

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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: http://smarturl.it/amzsouthbound.

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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Publicity Contacts

For Sony Music Nashville
Allen Brown or Bob Foglia, 615-301-4300, allen.brown@sonymusic.com, bob.foglia@sonymusic.com

For the Doobie Brothers
Kate Richardson, Richlyn Marketing, LLC, 615-243-0619, kate@richlynmarketing.com

Exclusive: Doobie Brothers Duets Album Track List Revealed

Like old black water that keeps on rolling, details have been leaking about Southbound, an upcoming album that pairs the Doobie Brothers with some of country music’s biggest acts. We now finally know what songs Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and the other country collaborators will be performing, as Rolling Stone Country has the exclusive reveal of the album’s track list, along with its album art.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-doobie-brothers-tribute-album-track-list-revealed-20140805#ixzz39XiLGyiu

John Cowan’s new album “Sixty” (produced by John McFee) most added on AMA chart

We are thrilled and honored to learn that John Cowan‘s upcoming new album Sixty (due August 26) was the most added new album last week on the Americana Music Association’s radio chart.

Working with Doobie Brothers bandmate John McFee, who expertly helms the producer’s chair, Cowan has assembled an impressive list of guest artists (friends), including Leon RussellAlison KraussRodney Crowell, Bonnie Bramlett, Jim Messina, Huey Lewis, Ray Benson, John Jorgenson, Chris Hillman, Andrea Zonn, Sam Bush and others on the way to creating what is shaping up to be a cross-genre musical celebration of his 35+ year career.

John Cowan, universally known as “The Voice of Newgrass,” has been singing his heart out for the past 35+ years. As a member of New Grass Revival, he helped create a sound which brought a new audience to the bluegrass music and was arguably as important in shaping the direction of modern bluegrass as Flatt and Scruggs was to the genre in the 1960s. After New Grass Revival disbanded in 1990, Cowan went on to record a series of critically acclaimed solo albums and to lend his unique vocals as a session musician to a lengthy discography including albums by Garth BrooksGlen CampbellSteve EarleRodney CrowellJanis IanDelbert McClintonDarius RuckerKenny Rogers and Poco.

Currently, Cowan divides his time on the road between solo tours with the John Cowan Band and as a touring member of the Doobie Brothers, with whom he has been performing regularly since 2010.

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John McFee interviewed at Examiner.com

Doobie Brother John McFee was recently interviewed by Examiner.com. Read the full interview here.

Tom Johnston interview posted

Here’s a new interview with Doobie Brother Tom Johnston, where he discusses more details about the band’s upcoming release, Southbound.

Doobie Brothers to Be Inducted into Live-Entertainment Industry Organization’s Hall of Fame This Fall

The Doobie Brothers and their longtime manager, Bruce Cohn, will be among the luminaries who will be inducted into the Nashville-based International Entertainment Buyers Association’s Hall of Fame this year.  The honor recognizes people and organizations that have made important contributions to the live-entertainment industry.

The Doobies will be the first rock act ever to be welcomed into the IEBA’s Hall of Fame.  Previous honorees include Johnny CashGeorge JonesDick Clark and Lawrence Welk.

Read the full story on ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/music-news/2014/7/3/doobie-brothers-to-be-inducted-into-live-entertainment-indus.html#ixzz36WRL7VK3

Rolling Stone: Doobie Brothers Help Zac Brown Band Bring ‘Funky Dixieland’ to Boston

Zac Brown Band kicked off a two-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park last weekend by rolling out a few surprises, including a rare cover of the Doobie Brothers’ chart-topping classic, “Black Water” — performed with a little help from the Doobies themselves.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/doobie-brothers-help-zac-brown-band-bring-funky-dixieland-to-boston-20140630#ixzz36GAwbxpK