MICHAEL MCDONALD’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM WIDE OPEN OUT TODAY

FIRST NEW ALBUM IN NEARLY A DECADE

U.S. PERFORMANCES INCLUDE PBS “SOUNDSTAGE,” THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM, ACL LIVE AND THE KAABOO FESTIVAL

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:


"Wide Open sets McDonald’s gruff but heartfelt vocals—and his thoughts on
romance and human nature—against arrangements that pull expertly from R&B, country and gospel. ‘Does the sound of my voice still carry any kind of message?’ he asks an old lover in ‘Hail Mary,’ and this excellent record argues that it does.” –Los Angeles Times

"There's a profound sense of hindsight to Wide Open that moves with a tenderness that comes from age and newfound wonderment, even if McDonald's voice hasn't aged a day." –NPR First Listen

Wide Open may be the album that makes the kids call their folks and say, ‘Hey, have you heard of this new artist, Michael McDonald?’”—NPR Music

"Within seconds of the opening 'oohs’ and warm, groovy vibes of McDonald’s new song, 'Find It In Your Heart,' your heart will be overjoyed. The opening notes call up immediate memories of some of his much-beloved Doobie Brothers classics, like 'What A Fool Believes' and 'Takin’ It To The Streets,’ as well as some of of his incredible harmony singing with Steely Dan on ‘Peg’ and 'Bad Sneakers.'" –NPR "Songs We Love"

"McDonald's voice remains exceptional, a throaty bray–unyielding in the middle, shredded around the edges–that's still capable of overpowering even a muscular band." –Rolling Stone

"One of the great unexpected pop pleasures of 2017 is Michael McDonald suddenly being cool again...Wide Open has some soul and New Orleans funk but also horn-fueled tracks that tell us what his friends in Steely Dan would sound like if they became earnest romantic obsessives." –Variety

"as diverse an album as McDonald has ever made" –Billboard

"one of the greatest singer-songwriters to ever sit at a piano" –SPIN

"[Wide Open] is a strong distillation of [McDonald's] jazz, R&B and blues roots." –Salon

"A one-time member of Steely Dan and a Doobie Brother, his voice is unmistakable. 'Find It in Your Heart' is a stand out song on an album that will be released in September." –KCRW

“His singing is so specific, and it has so much depth…Michael is such a stark 
example of staying honest and open in your music.”—Thundercat


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 ollows 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,” while The Guardian called it “a perfect moment in a set that contained slick highs” and Billboard noted, “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 at http://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.

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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, C /// A Fox Theater
November 17 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Orpheum Theatre
November 18 /// Rancho Cucamonga, CA /// Lewis Family Playhouse