Michael McDonald’s first new album in almost a decade, “Wide Open,” out Sept 15 on BMG; performs at Carnegie Hall and on PBS’ “Soundstage,” sits in w/ Thundercat at Coachella

Five-time Grammy Award winning vocalist and acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael McDonald’s new release Wide Open, his first album of new music in nearly a decade, is coming September 15 via BMG. The record features special guests including Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis.

In addition to his work writing/recording the new album, McDonald most recently collaborated with bassist Thundercat and Kenny Loggins on the track “Show You The Way,” which he performed with Thundercat at Coachella in April. 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?”

McDonald also recently collaborated with Solange Knowles, Allen Stone, Lawrence and members of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck at the Okeechobee Music Fest, and is set to close the Treftles Stage at the Kaaboo Festival this fall.

McDonald will celebrate the release of Wide Open with a performance for PBS’ “Soundstage,” slated to air this fall, as well as extensive touring throughout the summer and fall including a headlining date at Carnegie Hall on October 19. 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 McDonald’s Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and an extensive cast of Nashville session musicians.

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.


June 10

Lincoln, CA

Thunder Valley Casino

June 12

Sugar Land, TX

Smart Financial Centre

June 14

San Antonio, TX

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

June 16

Thackerville, OK

WinStar World Casino

June 17

Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Ctr for the Performing Arts

June 18

Des Moines, IA

Hoyt Sherman Place

June 20

Moline, IL

iWireless Center

June 23

Aspen, CO

Jazz Aspen Snowmass—June Experience

June 25

Denver, CO

Hudson Gardens & Event Center

June 27

Highland Park, IL

Ravinia Festival

June 28

Interlochen, MI

Interlochen Center for the Arts

June 30

Lenox, MA

Tanglewood Music Festival

July 1

Cohasset, MA

South Shore Music Circus

July 2

Gilford, NH

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

July 7

Hyannis, MA

Cape Cod Melody Tent

July 8

Atlantic City, NJ

Tropicana Hotel & Casino

July 9

Ridgefield, CT

Ridgefield Playhouse

July 12

Dayton, OH

Fraze Pavilion

July 14

Mequon, WI

Gathering on the Green

August 6

Costa Mesa, CA

OC Fair & Event Center

August 8

Saratoga, CA

Mountain Winery

August 10

Woodinville, WA

Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

August 11

Spokane, WA

Northern Quest Resort & Casino

August 12

Goldendale, WA

Maryhill Winery Amphitheater

August 15

Livermore, CA

Wente Vineyards

August 16

Paso Robles, CA

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

August 18

Reno, NV

Carson Valley Inn Casino—TJ’s Corrall

August 19

West Wendover, NV

Peppermill Concert Hall

August 20

Steamboat Springs, CO

Strings Music Festival

September 15

Del Mar, CA


October 13

Northfield, OH

Hard Rock Live

October 15

New London, CT

Garde Arts Center

October 19

New York, NY

Carnegie Hall

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 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 16

Oakland, CA

Fox Theater

November 17

Los Angeles, CA

Orpheum Theatre

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