Michael McDonald's First Album of New Material in a Decade 'Wide Open' Out Today

Michael McDonald's First Album of New Material in a Decade 'Wide Open' Out Today

Michael McDonald's First Album of New Material in a Decade 'Wide Open' Out Today

Wide Open, Michael McDonald's first new album in nearly a decade, is out today via BMG. Featuring special guests including Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis, the record is available on iTunes & Amazon. Follow Michael McDonald on Spotify and Apple Music. The record is the subject of extensive early critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Rolling Stone and many more.

McDonald recently celebrated the release of Wide Open with a performance for PBS' "Soundstage," scheduled to air this fall. He also kicks off the second leg of his U.S. tour today, including dates at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, ACL Live in Austin and the closing set at the Treftles Stage at the Kaaboo Festival. See below for a complete list of tour dates.

Wide Open follows a trio of albums of R&B and soul covers McDonald recorded for the fabled Motown label, the most recent being 2008's Soul Speak. Wide Open is McDonald's first album of original material in 17 years, comprised largely of material written over a number of years in-between projects and recorded in his Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and an extensive cast of Nashville session musicians.

McDonald also recently collaborated with bassist Thundercat and Kenny Loggins on the hit single "Show You The Way" which the trio performed on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Watch/share the performance of the track from Thundercat's critically acclaimed new album Drunk at https://youtu.be/x8AgdI4eyFc. McDonald joined Thunrdercat during a surprise guest appearance at this year's Coachella, as well; the Los Angeles Times hailed McDonald's surprise appearance as one of the "10 best performances" at the festival, praising "McDonald's silky keys over Thundercat's undulating bass," whileThe Guardian called it "a perfect moment in a set that contained slick highs" and Billboardnoted, "Who thought that in 2017 65-year old Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald would bring down the house at Coachella?" Watch/share the performance via Pitchfork athttp://bit.ly/2pt2ito.
In addition to his work with Thundercat, McDonald was also recently joined by Solange Knowles, Allen Stone, Lawrence and members of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck during his set at the Okeechobee Music Fest.
With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world's most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music. Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-'70s McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as "Takin' It To The Streets," "It Keeps You Runnin'," "Minute By Minute" and "What A Fool Believes." Throughout the '80s and '90s McDonald's solo career took off with a string of hits including "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," "Sweet Freedom," "On My Own" (with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet "Yah Mo B There," plus he co-wrote the Van Halen hit "I'll Wait." McDonald has performed with a who's-who of critically acclaimed artists across a number of genres, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear.
MICHAEL MCDONALD LIVE
September 15
Del Mar, CA
Kaaboo
October 12
Carmel, IN
The Palladium
October 13
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live
October 15
New London, CT
Garde Arts Center
October 17
Portland, ME
State Theatre
October 19
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center
October 21
Clearwater, FL
Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park
October 22
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Symphony Hall
October 24
Durham, NC
Durham Performing Arts Center
October 26
Lynn, MA
Lynn Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
October 27
Philadelphia, PA
Merriam Theatre
October 28
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
October 30
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
November 2
Minneapolis, MN
State Theatre
November 3
St. Louis, MO
Peabody Opera House
November 4
Memphis, TN
Orpheum Theatre
November 6
Austin, TX
ACL Live at the Moody Theater
November 7
Fort Worth, TX
Bass Performance Hall
November 9
Tulsa, OK
River Spirit Casino
November 14
Salt Lake City, UT
Eccles Theater, Delta Hall
November 16
Oakland, CA
Fox Theater
November 17
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre
November 18
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Lewis Family Playhouse