Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

A Whiff of Nostalgia

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

A Whiff of Nostalgia

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A whiff of nostalgia will be in the air when The Doobie Brothers take the stage at the second edition of Winterfest. The event returns to Lakewood Ranch on Saturday after a debut last year pestered by heavy thunderstorms and strong winds. Classic funk-rock band War, contemporary country duo Thompson Square, our very own "American Idol" Sam Woolf and smooth jazz guitarist/singer Les Sabler are the rest of the talent for the music festival that also includes vendors, an artisan village and kids zone. Here is info on all the acts including an interview with an original Doobie Brother responsible for many of the band's biggest hits - hits that got some of Nashville's top stars all nostalgic recently. By the way, unless spending the day standing sounds appealing, bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket.

The Doobie Brothers

(7:30 p.m.)

Country music stars are pretty much all big classic rock fans so it made sense to see The Doobie Brothers perform at the latest CMA Awards. They were joined by Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, and Hillary Scott on "Listen to the Music." Guitarist Tom Johnston wrote and originally sang the catchy rocker that first made The Doobies rock stars. "Yeah, it was fun, a real kick to be there with all those people, so was making the album," he says by phone from California.

The Doobie Brothers' new release "Southbound" is all about giving listeners the greatest hits with a little from their friends in Nashville. Johnston sings "Listen to the Music" with Hayes and Blake Shelton; "Long Train Coming" with Toby Keith; "China Grove" with Chris Young; "Rockin' Down the Highway" with Brad Paisley; and "Nobody" with Charlie Worsham.

"I thought it was pretty hip, frankly, or I would have never gotten involved," Johnston says. "There would be no point in rerecording these songs without them - that brought validity to the album."

While Michael McDonald is on "Southbound" and appeared with The Doobies at the CMAs he will not be with the band on their tour coming to Lakewood Ranch.

"We had a lot of fun working with Michael but he has been a solo artist for a long time and he wants to keep it that way, which I understand, he has done very well for himself and I respect his decision," Johnston says. …

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