New Orleans funk. Olde English style pub rock. Classic guitar pickin’. A guest appearance by a country music superstar. [lastfm]The Doobie Brothers[/lastfm] haven’t released a new album in ten years and with the eclectic mix of musical genres on their three years in the making album, World Gone Crazy, they are certainly making up for lost time by showcasing music from times gone by.
Take some time out of your busy Friday and meet us after the jump for more info on this seminal new [lastfm]Doobie Brothers[/lastfm] album.
Singer-guitarist [lastfm]Tom Johnston [/lastfm]says that making the new album over the course of three years was “kind of like the old days, only not as hectic” and that the emotional maturity of the band as a whole contributed to an equally mature perspective on songwriting making it kind of “collaboration” that “worked very well.”
This collaborative energy translated to the diverse musical content of the album as well. Johnston says that the album is more:
more musically diverse than anything we’ve done in the past. We cover a kind of large area.The title track, in fact, was inspired by New Orleans post-Katrina and incorporates Crescent City rhythms and horn charts. I’ve got another one that’s sort of a funk shuffle type of thing,and then I’ve got, for lack of a better word, an English kind of rock ‘n’ roll tune that’s kind of like what I always think of when I think of a pub, that old body rock ‘n’ roll feel.”
World Gone Crazy also includes some hand-pickin’ by [lastfm]Patrick Simmons[/lastfm], a totally redone version of “Nobody” from [lastfm]The Doobie Brothers [/lastfm]self-titled 1971 album, and a guest appearance by none other than [lastfm]Willie Nelson[/lastfm] who sings on their song “We Won.”
[lastfm]The Doobie Brothers[/lastfm] have already filmed a music video for “Nobody” and plan on filming another music video in August, a month before the release of their album. Despite the dramatic change in the musical climate, Tom Johnston of [lastfm]The Doobie Brothers[/lastfm] is hopeful that the Doobies can make an impact:
“It’s kind of like starting all over again.e haven’t had an album out for 10 years; the last one (‘Sibling Rivalry’) didn’t do that much, so we haven’t had one that people really know since ‘Brotherhood’ in ’91 and, before that, ‘Cycles’ that had ‘The Doctor’ on it. So it is kind of like starting all over again and getting in the new way that music is being marketed and distributed and sold these days, which has changed so dramatically. So we’ll see how we can fit into that.”
Here’s [lastfm]The Doobie Brothers[/lastfm] in Atlantic City performing their title track from the new album, World Gone Crazy.