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Doobies ready Opry debut

Sunday, February 20, 2011 – The Doobie Brothers will make its Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Founding members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston along with members John McFee (known to country music audiences for his days in Southern Pacific) and Guy Allison will be joined by touring member John Cowan, originally of New Grass Revival, in a performance of Doobie hits and songs from their newest release "World Gone Crazy."

The title track goes to country radio as a single this week

In celebration of the debut, fans can visit opry.com now through Thursday, Feb. 24 to enter to win the chance to meet the Doobie Brothers backstage at the Opry on Saturday. Other performers scheduled for the same weekend include Opry members Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Montgomery Gentry as well as Dan Tyminski, Gretchen Wilson and The Oak Ridge Boys.

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