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5 Minutes With: Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff Baxter
Compost ^ | December 11, 2018 | Sarah Polus

Posted on 01/11/2019 5:44:58 AM PST by dontreadthis

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter has had the kind of music career that most kids jamming in their parents' garages could only dream of. He was the guitarist for two legendary rock-and-roll bands — Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers — played as a session member for musical artists such as Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton and Sheryl Crow, and has toured with the likes of Elton John and Linda Ronstadt.

He also has security clearances and chairs the Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense.

Baxter, who was born in Washington, D.C., returned to his old stomping grounds to host a charity concert Tuesday benefiting the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, an organization that aids the children of Marines in their educational pursuits. Some of Baxter’s old pals from groups such as Boston, the Wailers and the James Brown Band will be joining him for the celebration that merges his two interests — music and national security. We chatted with Baxter after he touched down in the nation’s capital.

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1 posted on 01/11/2019 5:44:58 AM PST by dontreadthis
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To: dontreadthis

Helluva career. But...personally...I wouldn’t call Steely Dan a rock ‘n’ roll band.


2 posted on 01/11/2019 5:47:22 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Anything you’ve ever said will be used against you.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Every Steely Dan record sounds like the last one...


3 posted on 01/11/2019 5:53:10 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Baseball players, gangsters and musicians are remembered. But journalists are forgotten.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“But...personally...I wouldn’t call Steely Dan a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

And I wouldn’t call Alabama the Crimson Tide.


4 posted on 01/11/2019 5:54:46 AM PST by moovova
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To: moovova

Well played, sir.


5 posted on 01/11/2019 5:58:30 AM PST by trublu
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Although I did like the song, Black Cow.


6 posted on 01/11/2019 6:16:01 AM PST by hsmomx3
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To: dontreadthis

I don’t know how this guy became an expert on nuclear weapons. Love Steely Dan and liked Doobies with Michael McDonald myself.


7 posted on 01/11/2019 6:20:18 AM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: dontreadthis

Excellent guitarist, and also excellent at self promotion...which is vital to making a living in the entertainment field as well as in DC. His early claim to fame in Defense was to think outside of the box in ways that enemies of the US could attack us.


8 posted on 01/11/2019 6:20:29 AM PST by jdsteel (Americans are Dreamers too!!!)
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To: moovova
"But...personally...I wouldn’t call Steely Dan a rock ‘n’ roll band."

And I wouldn’t call Alabama the Crimson Tide.

but you can call me Deacon Blues

9 posted on 01/11/2019 6:24:45 AM PST by FroedrickVonFreepenstein
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To: dontreadthis

Lead guitar on..

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
My Old School
Do It Again


10 posted on 01/11/2019 6:26:06 AM PST by newfreep ("INSIDE EVERY PROGRESSIVE IS A TOTALITARIAN SCREAMING TO GET OUT" - DAVID HOROWITZ)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Maybe not meaningful or relevant, but Jimmy Page’s favorite guitar solo of all time is on the Steely Dan track “Reelin’ in the Years”. I disagree with Sammy Hagar. There’s more than one way to rock.


11 posted on 01/11/2019 6:29:32 AM PST by Toad of Toad Hall (nunquam minus solus quam cum solus)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Every Steely Dan record sounds like the last one...

That’s a “no”. Especially if you LISTEN to the music. Just Look at the lyrics of “Deacon Blues” . They were 23 and 29 when they wrote that.

They weren’t a “rock band”. They were two musical jazz musicians that didn’t follow the easy pop path.

Try to play one of their songs and you’ll realize how complex and unique they were


12 posted on 01/11/2019 6:32:15 AM PST by Dick Vomer (2 Timothy 4:7 deo duce ferro comitante)
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To: Toad of Toad Hall

Reelin’ in the Years - love, love that song


13 posted on 01/11/2019 7:10:16 AM PST by ghost of nixon
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I saw Steely Dan in concert after their first album came out back in the 70’s. Baxter was playing with them then. They had to pause the show when his guitar malfunctioned and shocked him on stage. They eventually came back and continued to gave a great show. They played a couple songs that would later appear in future albums.


14 posted on 01/11/2019 7:16:21 AM PST by chickenlips
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To: Toad of Toad Hall

My favorite SD guitar solos were by Larry Carlton, from “Don’t Take Me Alive” and “Kid Charlemagne”. The one from “Don’t Take Me Alive”, just blazing, and menacing, as befits the song.


15 posted on 01/11/2019 7:16:40 AM PST by mrsmel (I won’t be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Every Steely Dan record sounds like the last one...

So..."The Royal Scam" and "Bodhisattva" sound the same to you?

16 posted on 01/11/2019 7:18:43 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Anything you’ve ever said will be used against you.)
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To: Toad of Toad Hall
Jimmy Page’s favorite guitar solo of all time is on the Steely Dan track “Reelin’ in the Years”.

I can see why. You gotta be FAST to play that one.

17 posted on 01/11/2019 7:20:00 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Anything you’ve ever said will be used against you.)
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To: moovova
And I wouldn’t call Alabama the Crimson Tide.


18 posted on 01/11/2019 7:20:58 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Anything you’ve ever said will be used against you.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Jazz ain’t R&R....


19 posted on 01/11/2019 7:21:05 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Baseball players, gangsters and musicians are remembered. But journalists are forgotten.)
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To: Toad of Toad Hall

Elliott Randall, a highly respected studio musician, was called in to play the lead on “Reelin’ in the Years”.


20 posted on 01/11/2019 7:25:11 AM PST by newfreep ("INSIDE EVERY PROGRESSIVE IS A TOTALITARIAN SCREAMING TO GET OUT" - DAVID HOROWITZ)
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