Sara Evans Goes Back to 1979 for Doobie Brothers Duet

I think Sara Evans probably speaks for everyone when she says, “Is this really happening?”

That’s what Evans told Radio.com in a recent interview about her upcoming cover of the Doobie Brothers‘ 1979 hit “What a Fool Believes.” Because she’s actually recording it with the Doobie Brothers. And, yes, it is really happening.

Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee of the Doobie Brothers are coming together again to work on an album with Michael McDonald, a member of the band during its commercial heyday, plus a lucky handful of country artists. Along with Evans, the project — which Evans described as kind of a duets album — will feature the band’s collaborations with Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Love and Theft.

“He’s just an incredible singer,” Evans said of McDonald. “He actually sang on one of my records.” McDonald shared his signature vocals on Evans’ “Caged,” which was a bonus track on her fifth studio album Real Fine Place in 2005.

As for her take on “What a Fool Believes,” Evans said she was able to perform it with McDonald at the recent Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. The song was written by McDonald and Kenny Loggins, who also cut it for his solo album Nightwatch in 1978.

“I’m pinching myself. Is this really happening? I can’t wait to hear it. I haven’t heard it yet,” she said of the song she chose for the album. “Sometimes I’ll think things through before I answer questions or requests like that, but I immediately wrote back, ‘Yes, of course. I love the Doobie Brothers!’”

The album hasn’t been titled yet, but it’s expected to be released later this year.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.