Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 12/15/14 Happy Belated, “Skunk” Baxter
(The Six O'Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
We celebrate a belated Rock 'n' Roll birthday today. Saturday, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter turned 66 . Skunk, a Boston University journalism grad, has played with numerous big name musicians and bands, most notably Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. Baxter's first venture was as bassist with Jimmy James and The Blue Flames, featuring another legend, Jimi Hendrix. Skunk was a part of Steely Dan's first three albums, Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Ecstasy, and Pretzel Logic. During his time with Steely Dan, Skunk was featured as a session musician for numerous acts, including The Doobies, lending pedal steel to tracks on The Captain & Me and What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, before becoming a full-time member in 1975 for the Stampede LP. Baxter left the Doobies in 1979.
Since then, Baxter has worked as a touring musician and session player for a myriad of music's greats, and is now a Counter-Terror Expert, and Defense Consultant. Tonight, we feature three tracks that feature Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on your Six O'Clock Triple Shot on 94.9 WMMQ. Tune in for one of his first recordings with The Doobie Brothers, "South City Midnight Lady", "My Old School" from the Steely Dan days, and the Doobies' take on "Take Me In Your Arms".