Listen to a Particularly Electric Performance of ‘Takin’ it to the Streets’ by Michael McDonald, ft. Drea Rhenee


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Recent weeks have seen Michael McDonald premiere powerful live renditions of songs from his iconic career, and this week’s latest entry to the series features one of the smooth singer‘s signature songs, “Takin’ it to the Streets,” which McDonald wrote and performed with the Doobie Brothers.

This performance features a guest appearance from singer Drea Rhenee, and can be heard below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJxfs2NjjTE

Another recent upload was a live version of “What the World Needs Now”:

And a 2019 cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”:

Speaking with Billboard a few weeks back, McDonald said he has a new EP coming — one that was originally intended to be sold on the road with the Doobie Brothers on their 50th anniversary tour:

… he’s planning to release an EP of material he’s been working on with local musicians in a converted barn studio on a ranch his friend owns north of Santa Barbara. Intended to be a merch item for the Doobie Brothers’ 50th anniversary tour this year, the set combines “some songs I’ve written over the years I thought I might never record” — including a composing collaboration with David Crosby — as well as a “very broke down” version of Neil Young’s “Helpless” and renditions of some of McDonald’s previous material, including the Doobies’ “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “What a Fool Believes” and “You Belong to Me” done in samba and bossa nova styles.

“It turned out to be a California kind of project,” says McDonald. “We just kind of hang out at the barn and jam, and we started doing some of these songs and this is what it turned into. It was originally going to be something I did just for the tour but it’s turned into something a little more than that.”

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers to reschedule their anticipated 50th anniversary tour, which was set for this summer but will now take place in 2021.


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