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Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston: "It's All About American Music"

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Of course, it only makes sense that the Doobie Brothers' sound is a melting pot of sorts, much like America itself. "It's all about American music," Johnston said of its style and sound. "So that's why I call it an American band. One thing about this band and where it stands is the amount of diversity in the background from the band members." Diversity within the lineup aside, the range of influences and skills of Doobie members are reflected in the band's 2014 release Southbound.

The album features the group's songs sung by the band and country music stars such as the Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, and Sara Evans. "It was a lot more fun to do than we thought it was going to be," said Johnston of the project. "It was great to see how many [more] people were fans of the band than we thought."

Johnston, however, was careful to emphasize that Southbound was not a tribute album, but rather a collaborative one. "This is more or less a 'best of' with a couple of the songs from one end. This is the first time we ever recutted them, and the only reason we recutted them was because of the platform we were given to do this... We had a lot of fun doing this!" Johnston also added that the participating musicians were "very good artists" and "incredible performers."

Being a band since the 1970s, the Doobie Brothers have seen changes in the world of music involving the industry itself as well as various shifting band members. Johnston acknowledges the changes and the benefits of streaming stations such as Spotify. Though they don't pay musicians, he states that it allows artists to gain both an audience and exposure. "As far sales go, there is no sales," elaborates Johnston on the negative side of streaming music. "All that goes away."

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Natalya Jones