Five decades of making music and 40 million albums sold worldwide, in addition to being one of the most successful and popular bands of the 1970s, is as good as stamping a first class ticket to Cleveland, Ohio for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Except, for some, it’s not. The Doobie Brothers, who have been active since 1970, have been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for nearly 20 years. They have been nominated ZERO times. Time to file a police report for larceny.
Despite one of the most egregious snubs the music industry has ever witnessed, the Doobie Brothers keep on performing and recording.
Southbound, released on November 4th, is the band’s 14th studio album and first since 2010’s World Gone Crazy.
“It’s a collaboration with country artists of Doobie songs,” says founding member Tom Johnston, joined by Patrick Simmons and John McFee on the CBS-FM Star Phone during Scott Shannon in the Morning. “It’s got some very good personal on board.”
Among the artists on Southbound is a former band member, Michael McDonald, who joins country star Sara Evans on the recording of “What a Fool Believes”; the song was written by McDonald and released in 1979, winning both Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards in 1980.
In addition to McDonald, Huey Lewis, Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann, Toby Keith, Zac Brown, and Blake Shelton are featured on the record. The band is nothing short of ecstatic with the results.
“Everyone who was on it did a great job,” adds Johnston.
Listen to the complete interview below.
Southbound is available now and can be purchased through doobiebros.com.
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