Michael McDonald takin’ it to Carson Valley Inn

Michael McDonald

Blue-eyed soul singer Michael McDonald will play Aug. 18 at Carson Valley Inn.

The summer concert series at Carson Valley Inn just got a little sweeter, as two new shows were announced this morning for TJ’s Corral, a breezy outdoors venue with a view of sunsets over the Sierra.

Michael McDonald, who boasts a brilliant career with The Doobie Brothers and as a solo artist, will appear on Friday, Aug. 18. Meanwhile, country artists Aaron Watson and Clare Dunn will both perform on Friday, June 16.

After a Stint with Steely Dan, McDonald rolled with The Doobies from 1976 until 1982 as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter for hits that included “Takin’ To The Streets,” “Minute By Minute,” “What A Fool Believes” and “It Keeps You Runnin’.” His solo career blossomed in the ’80s and ’90s, with songs such as “I keep Forgettin’ ” and “Sweet Freedom,” and he also collaborated with Patti LaBelle (“On My Own”) and with James Ingram in a Grammy-winning duet (“Yah Mo Be There.”)

The blue-eyed soul singer with five Grammys has lent his voice to albums by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear. He released eight studio albums, including two well-received recordings that gave new life to Motown classics.

Aaron Watson and Clare Dunn will appear at TJ's Corral.

Clare Dunn, left, and Aaron Watson will appear at TJ’s Corral.

In June, Aaron Watson will be riding high on the trails leading to TJ’s Corral. His album “Vaquero” (that’s Spanish for ‘cowboy’) currently is in the Top Ten on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Hailing from Amarillo, Texas, Watson’s early influences were the old-school country albums by George Jones, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

Clare Dunn’s hits include “Move On” and “Tuxedo.” She was listed by Sounds Like Nashville as one of the country artists to watch in 2017. Dunn released her debut album, “Get Out,” in late 2013, and has opened for bands including Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr., Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line.

The other concerts announced for the TJ’s Corral series: Wynnona and the Big Noise will get things going on Saturday, April 29; the Spinners will bring their classic Motown sound on Saturday, July 8, and The Marshall Tucker Band will put out some Fire on the Mountain on Friday, July 28.

And there’s more in the works. It looks like Lee Brice may be coming back this year. Check Tahoe Onstage each Wednesday for the latest announcements from the Carson Valley Inn.

-Randy Hashagen

About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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