By Annie Reuter

What started as an idea to have the Doobie Brothers hits transformed into country songs is now a reality with additional artist names being thrown into the mix, including Vince Gill.

In an interview with BillboardMichael McDonald opened up about the still untitled project and which songs his country artist friends are working on. He said he’s recorded new renditions of three ’70s hits, “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes,” and “You Belong to Me.”

McDonald revealed Love and Theft appear on “Takin’ It to the Streets,” while “You Belong to Me,” has Gill teaming up with Amanda Sudano-Ramirez, daughter of Donna Summer and one-half of duo Johnnyswim.

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Sara Evans sings on “What a Fool Believes” and in an interview with, she spoke about working on the record, which she says is almost like a duet album.

“They’re singing all their hits with different artists and they let me choose which song I wanted to sing,”  she told “Sometimes I’ll think things through before I answer questions or requests like that, but I immediately wrote back, ‘Yes of course! I love the Doobie Brothers!'”

Evans said McDonald is one of her vocal idols and revealed that this isn’t the first time the two have teamed up together.

“He’s just an incredible singer. He actually sang on one of my records. He sang on a song that I recorded on the Restless album,” she explained. “I chose a Michael McDonald song and did it and then I got to perform with them at Country Radio Seminar at the end of February which was so amazing. I’m pinching myself. Is this really happening? I can’t wait to hear it. I haven’t heard it yet.”

The Doobie Brothers’ country album will be released later this year.




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