Doobie Brothers Close Out 2014 CMAs with Star-Studded Performances
The Doobie Brothers hosted a party from the stage at the 2014 CMA Awards with two lively performances of their classics ‘Listen to the Music’ and ‘Takin’ It to the Streets,' featuring Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, and Hunter Hayes.
This mega-collaboration was star-studded to say the least, but the country artists’ excitement to be performing with such music icons showed they were just as big of fans of the group as the audience.
The Doobie Brothers performed ‘Listen to the Music’ as flawlessly as ever, and Nettles and Scott both took a few lines each scattered throughout the song. The talented divas sang their hearts out beautifully, as usual, and Hunter Hayes got to show off his guitar playing skills, which are nothing to sneeze at. He wailed on a red telecaster alongside Tom Johnson with a look of sheer joy on his face, and all the musicians on stage seemed to wear similar expressions.
After the last award of the night, the Doobie Brothers took an encore performance, this time bringing out frontman Michael McDonald for a nostalgic and again, flawless, performance of ‘Takin’ It to the Streets,’ as Nettles, Hayes and Scott contributed background vocals. Brad Paisley even jumped in with some impressive guitar solos in between choruses.
Stars in the audience sang along, and the whole place turned into an upbeat jam session. These performances will definitely be counted as some of the highlights of the night.
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