The Doobie Brothers to perform during Food City 500 pre-race concert

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) –  Known for their hit songs, such as “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water,” and “Long Train Runnin,” The Doobie Brothers will soon play at one of the area’s largest events — Bristol Motor Speedway’s Food City 500.

Race fans will get to see the Grammy award-winning band perform during the pre-race concert on Sunday, April 17.

According to a BMS news release, the band just recently released a new album called “Southbound,” which is re-recorded fan-favorite songs with big names in country music, such as Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith.

“We can’t wait to see The Doobie Brothers’ energetic performance at the Food City 500 pre-race concert,” Jerry Caldwell, BMS executive vice president and general manager, said. “They are an American musical institution with many songs guests will recognize and sing along to; it will be a memorable experience for everyone.”

Original band member Tom Johnston said, “we are looking forward to playing for NASCAR in Bristol. Race fans know how to have a good time!”

“We love the atmosphere of competition racing, and the folks who come to these events,” Patrick Simmons said. “The anticipation and electricity in the air, as well as the camaraderie of the fans and competitors, always make these races special, and a great experience for all those who attend. I know our music will fit right in there with the whole spirit of the event. We can’t wait to get there!”

Following the concert, The Doobie Brothers will co-headline the “San Francisco Fest Tour” with Journey and special guest Dave Mason this summer, according to the release.

To purchase tickets to the Food City 500, visit or call 855-580-5525. Food City 500 ticket holders may also add on a pre-race SuperPass and watch the concert from the stage-side on the track.

The SuperPass also includes a Track Walk and track access for Food City 500 driver introductions.

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