Bruce Springsteen will release four unreleased songs on an EP entitled American Beauty on April 19th. Three of the tracks - "American Beauty," "Mary Mary" and "Hey Blue Eyes" - were recorded during the High Hopes sessions (a full album released in January of this year), but ultimately discarded. The origin of the other song, "Hurry Up Sundown," is unknown.
Brad Paisley, Love & Theft, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Jerrod Niemann, Toby Keith and Sara Evans are among the country acts teaming with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new album covering the Grammy winning band's classic hits.
Longtime Doobie band-member Tom Johnston says this about a release date, "There are a couple of nuts and bolts that still need to be tightened, but it's pretty close." On going country, he says, "The Doobies cover a wide swath musically. We're an American band. We cover everything from blues and R&B to bluegrass, and even a little bit country. At the same time we do rock and roll and these days it seems country has adopted a good bit of rock and roll to go along with the country style of singing and the banjo and pedal steel. It all works together and I think it's fascinating."
Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles says, "This is going to be an incredible album and we couldn't be more honored to be a part of a project with one our favorite iconic bands and musical influences."
After nearly 30 years away from the band, former lead singer Michael McDonald will also be reuniting with the band for this special project.