We all know that for the last 25 years, Bluesfest has been one of the best things to happen in live music to Australia. We also know that one of the best things about Bluesfest is all the stuff we don’t yet know – it’s a goldmine for music lovers nationwide. This year, Australian Guitar Magazine is going to take you on a journey through the best that this festival has to offer – and all of the undiscovered musical gems hidden within. Get your Bluesfest knowledge up to date right here. Class is now in session!

The Doobie Brothers

The legendary Doobie Brothers on the legendary Bluesfest stage? Could we ask for anything more?

The Doobie Brothers are one of the great American music stories.  Since their story began in the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers’ propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style has sold an estimated 40 million records over the course of four decades.

With their songbook full of classic rock staples : ‘Listen To The Music’, ‘Black Water’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘What A Fool Believes’, ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’, ‘China Grove’ ,‘Little Darlin’(I Need You)’ drawn from 13 studio gold and platinum albums: ‘The Captain And Me’, ‘Toulouse Street’, ‘The Doobie Brothers’, ‘Taking It To The Streets’, ‘Minute By Minute’, ‘One Step Closer’, ‘What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits’ and more, its gonna be hard to find anyone who has not heard a Doobie Brothers song.

Their latest release World Gone Crazy (produced by the legend Ted Templeman) is another chapter in this great American music story, but it’s neither comeback nor nostalgia. An exhibition of aggressive and emotional performance, evocative storytelling, unapologetic attitude and world class musicianship, the collection is its own justification. In a sense, World Gone Crazy is an analogy for the Doobie Brothers as a whole.

With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veterans John McFee and the late Michael Hossack, the Doobies have perfectly honoured the band’s legacy with an offering that grows in unexpected new directions.

And if fans have any understanding of what to expect from the Doobie Brothers, it’s probably the unexpected. “In a certain sense, our latest album World Gone Crazy is vintage Doobie Brothers,” Pat Simmons says. “It certainly has the two original writers and there’s a certain signature there in terms of the vocal sound that comes from each of us as writers. As far as the songs are concerned, there are elements of things we’ve done in the past and some new ways we’ve applied them. There are also some newer approaches and elements we haven’t used.”

The Doobies have always been about playing live,” Tom Johnston says. “We’re not a studio hot house group and we’re not a concept album band. We’ve always just brought in the tunes we had, put them together and made an album. That’s the way it’s been from the very first album and that’s still the way it’s being done.”

Expect the unexpected, they say ... but one thing’s for sure ... our tent roof is gonna lift off when the Doobie Brothers rock onstage at Bluesfest.