Michael McDonald‘s distinctive voice and smooth sound have made him one of the most recognizable musicians in rock music. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s had a varied career that spans four decades, starting with singing backup for Steely Dan in 1975. The Missouri-born musician also spent several years with The Doobie Brothers, singing some of their best-known tracks: who can forget the sound of his husky baritone over the bouncy melody of “What a Fool Believes“? Since 1982, McDonald has released nine solo albums and worked with a variety of musicians–most recently performing with Thundercat and Kenny Loggins on Drunk‘s lead single, “Show You the Way.” On his latest solo release, Wide Open, McDonald bares his soul by singing songs of heartbreak over his vintage organ and wailing guitars. Always too jazzy for rock music but too punchy for blue-eyed soul, Michael McDonald’s “yacht rock” has come ashore again. He’ll be playing Studio 1A on Monday–check back here for the full session and interview!