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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS CELEBRATE RELEASE OF WARNER BROS. YEARS BOX SET WITH A VISIT TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

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(L-R: Doobie Brothers John McFee, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, and President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Greg Harris)

JULY 28, 2015 (CLEVELAND, OH) – The Doobie Brothers visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to announce the release of their new boxed set The Doobie Brothers: The Warner Bros. Years out on Rhino July 24. The 10-CD set includes every album recorded for Warner Bros. Records between 1971 and 1983 with more than 110 songs from 10 albums: The Doobie Brothers (1971), Toulouse Street (1972), The Captain And Me (1973), What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974), Stampede (1975), Takin’ It To The Streets (1976), Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977), Minute By Minute (1978), One Step Closer (1980), and Farewell Tour (1983).

During their time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the band met with President and CEO Greg Harris and interviewed with SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl with Nancy Alden. The visit was scheduled during the band’s 2015 summer tour, where they will perform over 50 shows in 25 states and Canada.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: THE WARNER BROS. YEARS BOXED SET AVAILABLE ON July 24 FROM RHINO!

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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: THE WARNER BROS. YEARS

10-CD Boxed Set Includes Every Album The Legendary 
Band Recorded For Warner Bros. Records Between 1971 And 1983

Available On July 24 From Rhino

LOS ANGELES – The Doobie Brothers recorded some of the band’s most iconic music during their dozen years with Warner Bros. Records, scoring major hits with timeless tunes like “Long Train Runnin’,” “Black Water,” and “Takin’ It To The Streets.” With 46 million albums sold during their outstanding career, The Doobie Brothers have nothing left to prove, but this summer the group is still “Rockin’ Down the Highway” as they tour North America.

Rhino salutes the group with a new 10-CD boxed set that features some of the band’s greatest albums. THE WARNER BROS. YEARS 1971-1983 will be available on July 24 for a list price of $79.98.

The set includes more than 110 songs from 10 albums: The Doobie Brothers (1971), Toulouse Street (1972), The Captain And Me (1973), What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974), Stampede (1975), Takin’ It To The Streets (1976), Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977), Minute By Minute (1978), One Step Closer (1980), and Farewell Tour (1983).
The Doobie Brothers started out in 1969 as a northern California bar band. In 1970 the band signed with Warner Bros. and in 1971 released its self-titled debut album. It was the beginning of a 12-year streak in which The Doobies released ten new albums.

The group’s commercial breakthrough came with its sophomore effort, Toulouse Street, which boasted popular tracks like “Listen To The Music” and “Jesus Is Just Alright.” The string of hits continued on The Captain And Me with “Long Train Runnin’” and the classic “China Grove.” The Doobie Brothers notched their first #1 in the funky “Black Water” from their 1974 album What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.

In 1975, the band began to expand Pat Simmons’ and Tom Johnston’s rock and country influences with R&B and even scored a hit with its cover the Motown track, “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While.)” In 1976, with the addition of Michael McDonald to the band, they introduced more R&B and keyboards to their rocking sound and the hits kept rolling with the title track from Takin’ It To The Streets. In 1979, The Doobie Brothers won four Grammy® Awards on the strength of its triple-platinum album, Minute By Minute. The final disc in this new collection is the 1983 live album Farewell Tour, which includes performances of songs that spanned the band’s entire history to that point. This 10 CD Set represents an outstanding body of work from one of America’s most popular bands.

 

THE WARNER BROS. YEARS 1971-1983
Album Listing

The Doobie Brothers (1971)
Toulouse Street (1972)
The Captain And Me (1973)
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974)
Stampede (1975)
Takin’ It To The Streets (1976)
Livin’ On The Fault Line (1977)
Minute By Minute (1978)
One Step Closer (1980)
Farewell Tour (1983)

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS ON TOUR

JULY
1 Foellinger Theatre Fort Wayne, IN
3 Henry Maier Festival Park Milwaukee, WI
4 Summit Park Blue Ash, OH
5 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids, MI
10 Renaissance Center Detroit, MI
13 Plains Of Abraham Quebec City, QC
17 Moondance Events Walker, MN
18 Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Riverside, IA
19 Divots Event Center Norfolk, NE
31 Cape Code Melody Tent Hyannis, MA

AUGUST
1 Mohegan Sun Wilkes Barre, PA
19 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
21 Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC) Canandaigua, NY
22 Meadowbrook Gilford, NH
25 Artpark Lewiston, NY
26 Dutchess County Fairgrounds Rhinebeck, NY
28 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
29 Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
30 Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr. Atlantic City, NJ

SEPTEMBER
Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary, NC
Pier Six Pavillion Baltimore, MD
4 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
5 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
10 Oak Ridge Farm Arrington, VA
11 Harrah’s Cherokee Cherokee, NC
12 Buford Community Center Buford, GA
17 College St. Music Hall New Haven, CT
18 The Capitol Theater Port Chester, NY
19 Ocean City Bike Fest Ocean City, MD

OCTOBER
The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
4 Sonoma Music Festival Sonoma, CA

NOVEMBER
15 Pfeiffer Hall Naperville, IL.

Why Doobie Brothers have sold out Meijer Gardens four times in a row

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Three gigs and three years in a row, the Doobie Brothers sold out shows at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park from 2008 to 2010.

Jump ahead five years, and they’ve sold out Meijer Gardens’ amphitheater once again.
That’s staying power.

The Doobie Brothers scored their first Top 40 single – ‘Listen to the Music’ – more than 40 years ago in 1972. More than 40 million-sold albums later, audiences still are grooving to “China Grove” and “Takin’ It to the Streets.”

“The magic just happens. It’s kind of cool,” said singer and guitarist Tom Johnston in an interview with The Grand Rapids Press prior to band’s last appearance at Meijer Gardens.

Read more at mlive.com

Join The Doobie Brothers and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to help Lester Chambers

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Our friend and music icon Lester Chambers is in urgent need of financial assistance. Lester was attacked and injured while performing on stage and has been unable to perform regularly for two years. He has survived cancer on three occasions and needs our help to pay medical and housing costs.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has partnered with GivingGrid in the hope of relieving Lester of his financial distress. Please help us support Lester by visiting and sharing our GivingGrid at…

https://www.givinggrid.com/lesterchambers/

We appreciate your support!

Lara Johnston On Tour with The Doobie Brothers

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May 27, 2015, Nashville, TN…Lara Johnston, daughter of The Doobie Brothers co-founder, Tom Johnston, will open select dates for the iconic band this summer and fall. Lara Johnston’s powerful voice, dynamic stage presence, and soulful pop songs have captivated worldwide music audiences. During her set she will showcase new material from her upcoming debut album, “I’m planning a really high-energy, engaging show with new songs that I can’t wait to bring to the stage. My favorite part of being a musician is performing live, so to have a consistent run of tour dates is a dream come true.”

An award-winning singer-songwriter, Johnston is the first-ever Grand Prize winner of the Unsigned Only Competition with her song “K.I.S.S.” The song also went on to win first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Adult Contemporary division. Johnston has opened for acts such as KISS, Heart, and Willie Nelson and has performed as a background vocalist for Don Henley and Belinda Carlisle. In the fall of 2014 she completed an 11-date Canadian tour with The Doobie Brothers that was extremely well received. Most recently she sat in as a guest artist with Gregg Allman during his shows at the Canyon Club and The Roxy in Los Angeles.

In addition to her extensive experience on the stage, she studied her craft at USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she graduated from the Popular Music Program. Currently writing for her debut album, Johnston frequently visits Nashville where she has become a part of the teeming music community, most recently performing at the legendary Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival.

Fore more information visit www.LaraJohnston.com

Summer / Fall Tour Dates Supporting The Doobie Brothers

+ with Gregg Allman

June 30: Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, IL

July 1: Foellinger Theatre – Fort Wayne, IN

July 3: Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI

July 5: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater – Grand Rapids, MI

July 31: Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA

August 29: Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY +

September 1: Koka Booth Amphitheater – Cary, NC +

September 2: Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD +

September 4: Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY +

October 1: The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA

October 4: Sonoma Music Festival – Sonoma, CA +

November 15: Pfeiffer Hall – Naperville, IL

Hot Topics:

Currently working on writing new material for her upcoming debut album.

Recently performed as a guest artist with Gregg Allman.

Stats: Over 30,000 likes on Facebook, YouTube channel has over 735,000 views.

October – November 2014 performed an 11-date Canadian Tour that was extremely well received.

Background vocalist for Don Henley, has also performed with Belinda Carlisle.

First-ever Grand Prize Winner of the Unsigned Only Competition in 2013 with her original song “K.I.S.S.”. The song also took first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Adult Contemporary division.

Graduated from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thorton School of Music in May 2014 with a degree in Popular Music.

Touring extensively as a solo artist opening up for acts such as KISS, Heart, Journey, Luke Bryan, Willie Nelson, as well as her father, Tom Johnston’s band, The Doobie Brothers. 

About Lara Johnston:

Lara Johnston is a singer-songwriter whose powerful voice, dynamic stage presence, and catchy, soulful pop songs have captivated worldwide music audiences. In 2013 she was the first-ever Grand Prize Winner of the Unsigned Only Competition with her song “K.I.S.S.”, selected from 7,500 other applicants. The song also took first place in the International Songwriting Competition in the Adult Contemporary division. Lara has released her self-titled EP in 2014 and is currently touring and writing music for her upcoming album to be released in 2015.

Music Biz Delivers First Honors In Nashville

The Music Business Association (Music Biz; formerly NARM), made its award presentations this afternoon (May 14) prior to wrapping up its first conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The Sheraton’s Capitol ballroom welcomed honorees including Meghan Trainor (Breakthrough Artist), Scott Borchetta (Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement), Martina McBride (Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award), The Who (Outstanding Achievement Award for 50 Years of Musical Excellence), The Doobie Brothers (Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement) and Jack White (Music Biz’s inaugural Innovator Award).

Read the Music Row.com article HERE

Pat Simmons, Jr. On Tour with The Doobie Brothers

Son of Founding Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons will Open Select Dates This Spring and Summer

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Nashville, TN… Patrick Simmons, Jr., son of Doobie Brothers co-founder, Patrick Simmons, will open select dates for the iconic band this spring and summer.  Pat Junior is currently in the studio working on a new album with his father at the helm as producer.  The multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, will be performing original songs from his upcoming project scheduled for release later this year. 

“I’m stoked that I have the opportunity to tour this summer sharing my music, my stories – real stories, of Aloha, of inspiration, love, and awareness. I feel grateful to share the journey with my father and my “road ‘ohana”, my road family, who have watched me grow since birth,” adds Patrick.  “Life on tour is nothing new for me.  I love the people I meet and the places and cultures I get the privilege to encounter and learn from along the way.”  

Simmons describes his music as a mix of folk, blues, jazz, reggae and acoustic rock — a little bit Jack Johnson and a little bit Bob Marley.  “More than anything, I try to share experiences through each song. Each one has a life and story behind it. They are all true stories; things I see and feel. I come from a background of life in nature, surfing, hiking and farming. So it’s a laid back Hawaii style, where my joy of living comes through my joy of singing.”

Spring/Summer Tour Dates Supporting The Doobie Brothers

+ w/ Don Felder

* w/ Gregg Allman

   

June 3: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay – San Diego, CA

June 6: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA +

June 13: Ironstone Amphitheatre – Murphys, CA w/ Los Lobos

June 16: Les Schwab Amphitheatre – Bend, OR

June 20: Edgefield – Troutdale, OR

August 19: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA *

August 21: CMAC – Syracuse, NY *

August 22: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH *

August 25: Artpark – Lewiston, NY

August 28: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ *

   

 Hot Topics: 

       Pat Simmons Jr. is a cancer survivor with an incredible story to tell that is inspiring and uplifting. 

       He uses his music to express his messages about living in balance with the environment and creating peace and love in this life.

       Currently writing and recording songs for his debut full-length album.

       In addition to opening for his father’s legendary band Pat has shared the stage with many other well known artists, including The Wailers, Boz Scaggs, Chicago, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, The Turtles, Little Feat, Kenny Loggins, Los Lobos, War, Tower of Power, Xavier Rudd and many others.

       He is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include Djembe, Didgeridoo, wooden and steel flute, acoustic guitar, and the very first instrument he learned to play, the Ukulele.

       When not on tour or recording music, Pat resides on the island of Maui working on his family’s land in their organic garden as well as surfing, swimming, hiking and fishing.

 

For more information visit www.facebook.com/PatSimmonsJr

To purchase tickets visit www.DoobieBros.com 

About Pat Simmons, Jr.: 

Pat Simmons Jr. grew up in a dual world, both on the road with his father’s band The Doobie Brothers, exploring concert halls, and at home being a kid exploring the rugged Redwood coastline in Northern California. He moved with his family to Maui, Hawaii at age six. There, Pat was raised close to nature, around waterfalls and waves, immersed in Hawaiian culture. Maui has developed in him a powerful sense of love and respect for the land and the traditional native stewards. In 2012, Pat received a degree in Ecology from The Evergreen State College. He now spends most of his time on his family’s land on Maui, gardening, living a purely organic lifestyle and spending as much time as possible in the water surfing and swimming, and exploring the forests and uplands of Haleakala.  

The Doobie Brothers to appear at Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Festival

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Legendary performer Gregg Allman will both headline and curate the inaugural Laid Back Festival August 29 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.

Allman has put together a lineup that includes the Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and City Of The Sun.  More acts will be announced soon. Jones Beach will host two stages for the Laid Back Festival which will also feature food and drink from over 20 regional restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Read more HERE

Talking (life, love, music and) Motorcycles with Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers!

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This Wednesday evening, April 8, 2015- Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers will be Barry Boone’s guest for the full hour on Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone.  Patrick is passionate about vintage motorcycles and recently completed another coast to coast ride in the Motorcycle Cannonball on his 1914 Harley-Davidson.

The bonus is that Patrick will be joined on the show by his wife Cris Summer Simmons. She has been a major player in motorcycling for many years and recently released her third book on the subject, The Cannonball Dairy.

You can read more HERE

And be sure to listen tonight LIVE at 8:00 PM Eastern- HERE

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS TO RECEIVE ASCAP’S VOICE OF MUSIC AWARD!

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The Doobie Brothers are getting a new award to add to their collection, ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award.

The Doobie Brothers have been touring and making music for forty years, they have defined generations, and wowed audiences around the world. The group started playing in 1970 and are still going strong today. With an already incredible list of accolades, The Doobie Brothers are about to add ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award to the list.