Sony Music Nashville announced this month that four-time Grammy winning band the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald are teaming up with country’s biggest stars including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, and more to be announced for an album of all-new recordings of the Doobie Brothers’ biggest hits. Releasing later this year on Sony Music Nashville.
The project is being spearheaded by long time Doobie Brother manager Bruce Cohen and record producer David Lyndon Huff. A decades long Doobie Brothers fan, Huff is eager to introduce the band to a new generation of fans, excite the throngs of loyal followers, as well as ignite the electric country fan base with all the superstars they love. “The Doobie Brothers are such an important band in the history of music. The hits transcend time, so with this new collection we are just adding modern production and collaborations with the country stars,” adds Huff.
The years have witnessed many changes in the Doobies, but the band’s most recent studio lineup harkens back to their earliest days. Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston continue to front the group. Multi-instrumentalist John McFee’s history with the Brothers dates back to 1978, after his stint with Southern Pacific. Michael McDonald returns to the Doobie Brothers for this project. “It is so exciting to have Michael on this project,” Huff said. “He heard what we were doing and immediately wanted to be a part.”
David brought his brother Dann in to co-produce four songs on this record with him. “My brother is incredible as most of the country world knows,” David Huff said of his brother who is the mega producer behind many Nashville artists. “We have been making music together almost our whole lives. I could not be more thrilled to bring him on to the Doobies with me.”
“I think it will be the first time that Nashville will hear how very talented he is,” said Dann of his younger brother, David, who splits his time between Nashville and LA doing productions for both country and pop artists. “This really was his baby and I see it as David’s entry into the country market. I am just honored that I got to witness him work on a few songs. It’s gonna be a great record!”
VP A&R of Sony Music Jim Catino echoes Dann Huff’s praise saying, “We’re very excited about this tribute to the Doobie Brothers, and watching David at work in the studio has only added to the anticipation. His talent in reimagining these classic hits is incredible. David has done a stellar job working with each of these amazing artists and creating a great energy for the Doobies and everyone involved.”