Country Celebrates The Doobie Brothers with the November 4 Release of Southbound

Additional Artists and Track Listing Announced for the Star-Studded Collection

Nashville, TN – Country music is celebrating four-time GRAMMY® winning band The Doobie Brothers with the November 4 release of Southbound, as some of country’s biggest stars join The Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald for all-new recordings of the band’s classic hits. Blake Shelton, Casey James, Charlie Worsham, Johnnyswim’s Amanda Sudano Ramirez, and Tyler Farr have been added to the roster of artists choosing their favorite Doobie songs to record with the band, with selected tracks featuring special instrumental contributions from Hunter Hayes and Vince Gill.

Releasing on Arista Nashville, Southbound also features previously announced artists Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, and Love and Theft.

The Doobie Brothers’ most recent studio lineup harkens back to their earliest days. Fellow singer-songwriter-guitarist-lead-vocalists Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston continue to front the group, while 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, which invites fans to once again “Listen to the Music” in a whole new way.

Joining The Doobie Brothers on these new recordings, the guest artists and a complete track listing (sequence pending) are as follows:

“Black Water” with Zac Brown Band
“China Grove” with Chris Young
“Jesus Is Just Alright” with Casey James
“Listen to the Music” with Blake Shelton with Hunter Hayes on guitar
“Long Train Runnin’” with Toby Keith
“Nobody” with Charlie Worsham
“Rockin’ Down the Highway” with Brad Paisley
“South City Midnight Lady” with Jerrod Niemann
“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” with Tyler Farr
“Takin’ It to the Streets” with Love and Theft
“What a Fool Believes” with Sara Evans
“You Belong to Me” with Amanda Sudano Ramirez of the band Johnnyswim with Vince Gill on guitar

The album is currently available for pre-order here:

In choosing the album title, The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston remarked, “Southbound seemed like the perfect name of this collaboration project with all these dynamic country artists. The band has a lot of roots, both musically and lyrically, from the South such as blues, country, R&B, and folk. To us it was a natural fit that it be called Southbound.”

As durable as American steel, Northern California’s four-time GRAMMY winning Doobie Brothers have become part of America’s musical firmament. The Doobies have rung up a glittering track record that would be the envy of any band. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” To date, the band’s propulsive, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven style has sold more than 40 million albums.

Their #1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes,” both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that includes “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me in Your Arms,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor,” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits.

Formed in 1969 by Simmons and Johnston, the Doobies made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records, attaining radio and chart ubiquity in the early ’70s. The group’s expanded line-up was later augmented by Michael McDonald, whose soaring lead vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights.


The Dukes of September Raise the Roof on THIRTEEN's Great Performances in March on PBS

Rock & roll royalty Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs join forces as their own new supergroup The Dukes of September, paying tribute to the R&B and Soul music that inspired them along with fresh, exciting performances of some of their greatest hits.

The concert, taped at New York's Lincoln Center, will air in March on Great Performances (check local listings).  Read press release here.



Dylan McDonald song in new Steve Jobs Movie

You can find Dylan singing "Scarborough Fair" on the soundtrack album for the new Steve Jobs movie.

Download it on iTunes or Amazon.


inside musicast

Be sure to check out this interview with Dylan McDonald on Inside Musicast.
Preview, buy, and download songs from She Really Burns Me Up - EP by Dylan McDonald on the iTunes Store. Click here.

Christopher Cross inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame

After 30+ years, Mr. C. Cross and his original band from the 70's, Rob Meurer, Andy Salmon and Tommy Taylor, are going to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame. (Rob and Andy played with Christopher in high school!)

The show is March 14 at the Austin Music Hall. The band will play a short 20 minute set of their original tunes. In addition, the Austin Music Awards is a fun show with several musicians being honored and playing.

For more information please click here.

Michael rehearsing "The Meaning of Love" for the Doctors Without Walls benefit in Santa Barbara, CA.  He is joined by guitarist Bernie Chiaravalle.

Mike Porcaro Releases "Brotherly Love"

mike porcaro This long-awaited solo project by Toto's Mike Porcaro includes fresh new performances of Toto classics along with other favorites such as "Lowdown", "Human Nature" and "Straight No Chaser" performed by Mike and his dad, Joe Porcaro. The album was originally recorded live in Koblenz, Germany in March 2002 as Tribute Concert to his brother and world-renowned drummer, Jeff Porcaro.

Click here for info.


all or nothing

Check out the latest release from Bernie Chiaravalle, "All or Nothing".

"Bernie Chiaravalle is not only my good friend and writing partner for many years, he's also a recording artist who's musical journey and progression I have enjoyed following for a long time now. 
His latest project "All or Nothing" reminds me all the more that I'm not just a friend of his, but also most definitely a fan."

Michael McDonald

Get "All or Nothing" now at

Michael McDonald Prepping Two Albums


michael mcdonaldMichael McDonald, who has spent the last decade covering soul music classics and Christmas songs, is working on two albums -- one with the guitarist Robben Ford and the other with his son Dylan.

Rather than go through a traditional label, McDonald intends to make tracks available through social media and then decide what tack to take.

"We'll see if it captures the public's imagination," he says of the tracks recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville with Ford, a longtime friend.

"Robben and I started impulsively," McDonald told "It's a very eclectic collection of songs. Our energies are focused on writing songs -- not necessarily blues and nothing specific (genre-wise). We think it's good but we don't know if it's cohesive enough in a conceptual sense to make an album of it or to release track by track. I'm kind of confused about what to do with it."

McDonald says he tends to "overthink" while making records, cutting tracks while he is rewriting lyrics. Ford, on the other hand, prefers to "knock things out" without laboring over them. "It's a little bit of a hurdle," McDonald says, "and maybe it makes him a bit frustrated at times."

Ford's last album was 2009's "Soul on Ten," his fourth release on the Concord label.

McDonald's project with his son Dylan McDonald includes a collections of covers -- songs by Bob Marley, the Beach Boys, Radiohead and Stealer's Wheel -- a couple of Dylan's songs and an original penned by Michael McDonald. He expects to finish mixing the tracks by the end of the year and will post them online as well.

The McDonald family project is a bit of a reunion for them as Dylan shied from even discussing music with his father during his teen years. McDonald says they reconnected musically by listening to music they both liked -- Neil Young, for example -- after years of dad attempting to play educator.

Ultimately, McDonald says he realized, "music needs to be a spiritual experience of his own."

aviansDylan McDonald & The Avians

I don't often refer, or promote musical, cinematic or literary projects...(other than my own... Lol) to my friends who log on at this website. However when I'm really and truly moved by something I will use our humble platform to do just that.

In this case, a new musical project by a group called "The Avians" featuring leadsinger and chief composer Dylan McDonald.

Inspite of a long history not appreciating his father's musical advice very much, (those conversations almost never end well), Dylan and his band mates along with producer Richard Downs have made a formidable rock record.

Well all I can say is that the music is quite impressive in my opinion. The bands performances of the songs, the compositions most written by Dylan McDonald, except for a very cool ballad written by Daniel Demonico, are all worth a listen. The album is presently available on Itunes, Rhapsody and Napster. Soon to be available on Amazon .com

Also being somewhat privy to the as yet unreleased material I can truly say that there's a lot more where that came from. In fact watching the evolution of this group of young musicians as I have, from the sidelines for a few years now, I think I can say the best may be yet to come

Mike McD

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yankee doodle dixie The second book is by Mike's friend, author Lisa Patton.  The book is called "YANKEE DOODLE DIXIE", the sequel to her best seller "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor' Easter".  Renowned authour Fannie Flagg says, "Southern to the core… funny to the bone. In Lisa Patton's new novel she proves that we can go home again, and in many cases we should."

Visit Lisa's website here and get the book.

Michael receives honorary doctorate at Berklee College of Music

berkleeMore than 900 graduates from 58 countries—the largest graduating class to date—received degrees today at Berklee's 2011 commencement, held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. Berklee president Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctor of music degrees to soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples; rock, pop, and r&b vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Michael McDonald; renowned Cuban musicians Chucho Valdés and his father, Bebo Valdés; and jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Kenny Garrett. Garrett delivered the commencement address to the graduating class and an estimated crowd of more than 4,000 guests.

After accepting his honorary doctorate, McDonald said, "To be among this graduating class, to see these kids, and to perform last night with such brilliant young musicians who have such finesse beyond their years is one of the most inspirational moments of my entire career. I want to thank Berklee for inspiring me in a way that I think will last me the rest of my life."



MLKA day late and dollar short as usual, I'd still like to share my thoughts on the memory of one the greatest American citizens to ever stand up and be counted.

Dr. Kings life was an inspiration and gift to all Americans regardless of race, gender, religion or persuasion. His commitment to truth and community service was an example and call to conscience for all Americans.

The election of Barrack Obama, our first African American president is, as historic events go, of course something I'm only too sure Dr. King would celebrate along with all who truly believe in this country's constitution, greater mission and better destiny.

However, the fact that this President's political career was built on community service from it's beginning all the way to the White House is what I believe Dr. Martin Luther King would be most proud of. That more than just the color of his skin the measure of the man himself is what brings us ever closer to realizing "The Dream". A dream for all Americans.

M. McDonald

amy holland mcdonaldMichael is thrilled to announce the release of the new album by Amy Holland!


Visit Amy's Website for more details.


Dylan McDonald and The Avians