The five-time Grammy Award winner, whose music bridges the gap between blue-eyed soul and smooth rock, is slated to perform April 7 at the Santa Ynez casino’s Samala Showroom. (He took the stage at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo in 2014.)
McDonald recorded four albums with jazz-rock band Steely Dan, singing background vocals on songs such as “Black Friday” and “Peg,” before joining The Doobie Brothers in the mid-1970s. His voice, heard on hits including “Minute by Minute, “Takin’ It To The Streets” and “What a Fool Believes,” became an integral part of that band’s soul-flavored soft rock sound.
In the 1980s and ’90s, McDonald had a series of solo hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ ” and duets including “On My Own” and “Yah Mo B There.”