The Doobie Brothers all-star country tribute ‘Southbound’ announced

The Doobie Brothers are teaming up with some of country’s hottest stars for a collaboration album set to drop via Arista Records on November 4th.

Southbound pairs the Doobies with acts such as Toby Keith on “Long Train Running,” Blake Shelton on “Listen To The Music,” Zac Brown Band on “Black Water” and many more as Rolling Stone exclusively reveals.

Former vocalist Michael McDonald and Tom Johnson will be sharing vocals with each of the guest vocalists while an all star session band provides the backing music. Vince Gill and Hunter Hayes will also be appearing on the record as instrumentalists on one song each. This will be the first time McDonald and Johnson have performed on the same album together since 1976’s Takin’ It To The Streets.

“Country has changed since the days of Hank Williams,” Johnston tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s taken on a rock tinge. Truthfully, the traditional style of rock & roll has kind of gone away. No one is representing it the way it used to be represented. Country music has sort of picked up the slack. That’s why those artists are huge right now.”


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

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