Doobie Brothers Leader Feels Country Has Embraced Classic Rock
The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston feels that classic rock influences seeping into the world of country have helped make the band's upcoming foray into the genre a success. The still-untitled set being readied for Sony includes former Doobies keyboardist Michael McDonald returning to the fold for a collaborative covers album featuring the band's greatest hits recorded with a clutch of contemporary country stars.
Among the names already on board for the project are Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Love And Theft, Toby Keith, and Sara Evans. No release date for the Doobies' "duets" album has been announced.
Tom Johnston told us that the common ground between rock and country is closer today than ever: "That has to do with the music scene that’s going on now. There’s a lot of really good music in country and a lot of the music in country is rock-oriented, if you will. And a lot of the stuff that’s being made now has gone away from what it used to be, and so people are coming to a place they feel comfortable."
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