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Press Release: Digital Pre-Orders Launch for The Doobie Brothers’ Star-Studded November 4 Album Release, Southbound

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Digital Pre-Orders Launch for The Doobie Brothers’ Star-Studded
November 4 Album Release, Southbound

Pre-Order Now and Get Album-Opener “Black Water,” with Zac Brown Band

Nashville, TN – Come November 4, fans will be able to “Listen to the Music” in a whole new way, as some of country music’s biggest stars team with four-time GRAMMY® winning band The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald for all-new recordings of the band’s classic hits on the album Southbound. Beginning today, fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive album opener “Black Water,” with Zac Brown Band.

Pre-order here:
http://smarturl.it/southbound
http://smarturl.it/amzmp3southbound

Hailing the Doobies as one of his favorite bands of all time, Zac Brown said, “We jumped at the chance to record with The Doobie Brothers. We fought for the opportunity to do the classic, which is ‘Black Water,’” adding with a smile, “I have seen a lot of people, including myself, make a lot of tip money because of ‘Black Water,’ so this is a full circle moment!”

Brown continued, “To collaborate and recreate this iconic song is just an amazing moment as an artist. As a new generation vocal band, it is an absolute honor to get to play with them. Their vocals are undeniable.”

About the collaboration, Doobie Pat Simmons shares, “When I heard that Zac Brown Band would be recording ‘Black Water’ with us, I couldn’t think of a more perfect bunch of guys to be working with. They are so much like us in so many ways. Vocal harmonies are such a big part of both our band’s musical styles. And I knew they would bring just the right sound to the vocal parts in the song. We share a love for Southern blues and gospel that is obvious. The fiddle part that the band’s Jimmy De Martini played was right on the money. He captured the spirit of the original, but brought his own special chops to the arrangement, and knocked it out of the park. Zac’s vocal was made for the song, and is so natural and effortless, it just kills me every time I listen to it. Like us, these folks are all about friends and family, and we’re so grateful for their friendship and generous contribution to this project.”

Penned by Simmons, “Black Water” is just one of a dozen Doobie favorites that make up Southbound. The track listing with guest artists joining The Doobie Brothers 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.

Pre-Order Southbound on iTunes and you’ll get “Black Water” featuring the Zac Brown Band instantly!

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Pre-Order Southbound on iTunes and you’ll get “Black Water” featuring the Zac Brown Band instantly! We’ll be releasing new music in the next few weeks before the album comes out on 11/4 for Pre-Order now!  http://smarturl.it/southbound

Press Release: Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons to Participate in Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 – Cross-Country Journey Leads up to New Album Release

August 21, 2014, Nashville, TNPatrick Simmons, founding member of The Doobie Brothers and longtime motorcycle enthusiast, will ride coast to coast, with his wife, Cris Sommer Simmons in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 in September. The duo will journey more than 4,100 miles from Daytona, FL to Takoma, WA on their 1934 and 1929 Harley-Davidsons with stops in GA, TN, MO, KS, CO, UT, N V, ID, and WA. Cris, who is a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa Iowa and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, will be raising money on the ride for Stand Up To Cancer, in honor of their son, Pat Jr., who battled testicular cancer last year and now is cancer free.

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Patrick and Cris Simmons

The Cannonball Run began in 2010 as a ride to showcase the restoration and power of antique motorcycles built before 1915. It has since evolved into a cross-country endurance ride held every other year with over 100 participants, which now includes bikes built before 1936.

In preparation for the ride Patrick notes, “Cris and I are excited, and so ready to head out on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. We have been working on our bikes for over a year now.” Cris previously participated in the 2010 Cannonball Run, where she was the only American female out of 45 riders. She completed the over 2,800 miles and finished in 20th place.

This year Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD, nick-named “Norge” because of its similar blue color to Norge refrigerators once popular in the 1950s. As for Cris’ choice, she explains, “My bike “Buddy” is a 1934 Harley-Davidson, named after it’s previous owner, well-known Hollywood stunt man Bud Ekins. Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it ‘someday’.”

Patrick Simmons has spent the majority of the summer on tour with The Doobie Brothers and preparing for their upcoming release Southbound. The album celebrates the band’s iconic hits re-recorded alongside some of country music’s biggest stars (including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, and Brad Paisley). After his participation in the Cannonball Endurance Run, Simmons will continue to tour with the band and plan for the upcoming release of Southbound November 4, on Arista Records Nashville.

To learn more visit: www.MotorcycleCannonball.com.

For additional information on The Doobie Brothers and upcoming release information: www.DoobieBros.com

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

 

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.