The Doobie Brothers have collaborated with a number of country artists, as well as former Member Michael McDonald, on re-recordings of some of their greatest hits that they plan to release this year.
The Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Toby Keith, Love and Theft, and Jerrod Niemann are among the guest artists who took part in the project, which was the brainchild of Sony Nashville Chief Gary Overton.
In a statement, Overton said that he was inspired by a 1972 Doobies concert he saw in Phoenix: "Seeing the Doobie Brothers perform all those years ago was such a thrill for me. 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 Doobies have created."
Co-founder Patrick Simmons tipped us off to the project last year, saying that, "It`s kind of an Americana thing we`ve been working on. It`s a collaborative thing with other artists...We`ve been encouraged to participate in some things there, so we'll see where it goes. I'm never sure `til it happens; that`s why I don`t really have too much to say about it, `cause I don`t really know where it`s going right now."
Paisley, Evans and Young performed with the Doobies last week at Sony Nashville's annual party. The Doobies return to the road March 26 in Wheeling, W. Va., and start a summer tour with Peter Frampton on June 22 in Cincinnati.