Thursday, May 26, 2011
– The Doobie Brothers, who seem to have gained a foothold in the country market four decades into their career, will hook up with Luke Bryan in a CMT Crossroads gig.
"CMT Crossroads: The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan" premieres Friday, June 24 at 10 p.m. eastern.
Taped before an invitation-only audience in Nashville, The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan will perform their hits including The Doobie Brothers Black Water, Long Train Runnin and China Grove and Bryans Rain is a Good Thing, Do I and Country Girl (Shake It For Me).
"We are so pleased, and fortunate to be able to share the stage with Luke Bryan on Crossroads, said Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. We love the challenge of performing such wonderfully crafted songs with an artist like Luke and his band. He's one of the most exciting artists on the country music scene these days. The energy, innovation, and soulfulness of the music he writes and performs, is right up our alley. We're dustin' off our country chops, and we look forward to having him join in on our songs. This is going to be a great experience for all of us, and fans of both country music, and rock 'n roll. It could only happen on Crossroads."
"I am really excited to perform on stage with the Doobie Brothers, Bryan said. Their music was such an iconic part of my growing up. I bet most Americans can hear a particular Doobie Brothers song and have it take them back to a certain time and place in their life...and the best thing is, they are still creating great music today."
The Doobie Brothers celebrated their 40th anniversary this year. In 2010, original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston and 30-year member and country producer/songwriter/player John McFee (Southern Pacific) released "World Gone Crazy," featuring a guest appearance by Willie Nelson. The title track was released as a single to country radio.