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- Skunk Baxter, “My Old School”
- Donna Summer, “Hot Things”
- Dolly Parton, “9 to 5”
- Beethoven, “Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, No. I”
- Bach, “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”
- Pink Floyd, “The Money”
- Skunk Baxter, “The Rose”
You may be familiar with the old beer ad campaign for “The Most Interesting Man Alive,” touting his deeds and sharing random facts. If the music has an equivalent, you could make the case for my guest, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. The ad’s narration would read: “He’s a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist who’s taken a side hobby as a ballistic missile defense specialist and added a countermeasures expert. terrorism for good measure.” Like I said, solid case.
Baxter was a member of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers before becoming one of the industry’s most accomplished session musicians, playing with hundreds of artists and, as you’ll hear, appearing on iconic songs. But despite all he’s accomplished, he’s never released a record with his name on the cover, until now. He joins me to talk about Heat speeda company literally decades in the making and, as you might expect, lots of other very cool stuff.