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article imageThe Doobie Brothers talks 'Southbound' CD, touring and Luke Bryan Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 4, 2014 in Music
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."
Johnston continued, "I am really looking forward to seeing how this new album does. I am really curious about that. We have never done anything like this before. This is totally uncharted waters and all new territory for us. We were amazed to find out how many fans we had in Nashville. We had no idea, and it turns out that there are a lot of people that love the band that are into country music. They treated us so well and everybody was so great. All of the artists were so great to work with, and they were serious about getting it right."
It features collaborations with such top country artists as Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Charlie Worsham, Love & Theft, among others, and it will include some of their biggest hits throughout their career such as "China Grove," "Listen To the Music," "Black Water," "Jesus is Just Alright" and "What a Fool Believes," to name a few.
This summer, they have been out on the road playing shows with such musical acts as Peter Frampton and Boston. "The tour has been really good," he admitted. "We just finished up with Peter and we have already been with Boston for five gigs, and now we are back with Boston for six more shows and we are heading for Salt Lake City tonight," he added.
During the course of their career, they have sold over 48 million albums, won four Grammy Awards, as well as seven multi-platinum, six platinum and eleven gold albums to their credit. Their greatest hits collection, Best of The Doobies, has certified diamond, for sales of over 11 million units; moreover, two of their singles, "Black Water" and "What a Fool Believes" have been certified gold. "My proudest moment at this point is that we are still doing it and the crowd still loves it and they are enjoying what we are doing, and to me that's what it is all about," he said.
The Doobie Brothers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. "I wasn't aware of that before, since I live on the bus and on the road, but I am honored that we are there. I think that's really great," he said.
In 2011, the band was a part of a CMT Crossroads television special with country superstar Luke Bryan, and that was the same time where they appeared for the first time on the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. "That was a blast. He was a lot of fun to work with. He's a good guy and he did some of our songs and we did some of his songs and then we all did them together. It was a very successful 'Crossroads' for CMT, so everything went well," he said.
To learn more about the iconic rock group, The Doobie Brothers, visit their official website.
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