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Doobie Brothers recording with Michael McDonald

1 of 1 The Doobie Brothers will record a new album with former singer Michael McDonald and some country stars
The Doobie Brothers will record a new album with former singer Michael McDonald and some country stars

Soft rock pioneers The Doobie Brothers have announced plans for a new album with former singer Michael McDonald.

Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and Sara Evans are also among the country stars teaming up with the band for new versions of their classic hits.

Members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee recently joined up for a surprise performance on the General Jackson showboat with Paisley, Evans and Young.

Johnston has now told Billboard that Sony Music Nashville chairman Gary Overton was the mastermind behind the new project.

"Their iconic rock has spanned generations as the Doobies carved out their own unique place in American music," Overton said.

"We're very proud to share in a chapter of the Doobie legacy by bringing them together with some of country's top artists for an album that honours both the band and their music."

A tracklisting for the LP has yet to be released, but Jerrod Niemann and Love and Theft will also appear alongside other acts to be announced at a later date.

"What I'd like to accomplish is showing country music fans just how much influence the Doobies Brothers really have on country music today," Niemann said.

Chris Young added. "The Doobie Brothers are one of those legendary bands that no matter your generation, you know their music and can't help but sing and groove along to every song."

Michael McDonald departed The Doobie Brothers back in 1982, but has subsequently reunited with them for sporadic performances.

Here's the Doobie Brothers 1979 hit What a Fool Believes:

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