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Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – Founding member of Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist
July 30, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$38 – $44
Doors at 6:30 show at 7 pm. Open seating, beer and wine available.
WOW! Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member AND member of two of my favorite bands! “Skunk” Baxter has had an amazing musical career and is releasing a new album in June this year!
Baxter joined his first band at age 11. In junior high school in Mexico City, Jeff formed a surf band that hit the top 10 on radio in Mexico. While still a high school student, he worked at Jimmy’s Music Shop in Manhattan in 1965 and 1966. At Jimmy’s, Baxter met guitarist Jimi James (later to become Jimi Hendrix), who was just beginning his career as a frontman, and provided him with his first custom left-handed Fender Stratocaster. Baxter and Hendrix went on to become good friends.
In 1972 he became a founding member of the band Steely Dan, appearing on their first three albums. Baxter left the band in 1974 to join The Doobie Brothers, who at the time were touring in support of their fourth album. Baxter suggested bringing in singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald, with whom Baxter had worked in Steely Dan. McDonald soon was invited to join the band full-time. McDonald’s vocal and songwriting contributions, as well as Baxter’s jazzier guitar style, marked a new direction for the band.
Baxter has continued working as a session guitarist for a diverse group of artists, including Willy DeVille, Bryan Adams, Hoyt Axton, Eric Clapton, Sean O’Bryan Smith, Gene Clark, Sheryl Crow, Freddie Hubbard, Tim Weisberg, Joni Mitchell, Ricky Nelson, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Gene Simmons, Rod Stewart, Burton Cummings, Barbra Streisand, and Donna Summer. He has worked as a touring musician for Elton John and Linda Ronstadt.
Baxter is excited to starting touring after the CD is released in June 2022.
The award winning historic Sutter Creek Theatre is an intimate 215 seat former silent film theatre with superb sound. Voted Best Indie Theatre multiple times (KCRA A-List).
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