The Doobie Brothers have teamed up with Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft and more for an album of all-new recordings of the band’s biggest hits. The album, set to be released later this year, was announced during Country Radio Seminar at Sony Music’s invitation-only show aboard the General Jackson Showboat which included a surprise performance by the Doobie Brothers with Brad Paisley, Sara Evans and Chris Young.
The album came together naturally over the last few months with artists choosing their favorite Doobie Brothers song and recording them with the band. Many of the artists featured on the project have covered Doobie Brothers songs during their live shows. Ironically, Song Music Nashville label head Gary Overton’s first concert was a Doobie Brothers show in Phoenix in 1972.
“Seeing the Doobie Brothers perform all those years ago was such a thrill for me,” he said. “I loved their sound, and the enduring appeal and influence of the Doobies runs deep. Artists have been telling me how excited they are to be a part of this project, and that alone speaks volumes about the amazing heritage of music that the Doobie Brothers have created.”
Some of the Doobie Brothers’ hits include “Black Water,” “What a Fool Believes,” Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin,’” “China Grove,” “Take Me In Your Arms” and more. The band, formed in 1969 by Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, have racked up five Top 10 singles and sixteen Top 40 hits.
While the band’s lineup has changed over the years, their most recent studio lineup goes back to its earliest days. Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston continue to front the group, which includes John McFee and the return of Michael McDonald for this project. The band made its Grand Ole Opry debut in 2011.