Former Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter releases his first solo album, “Speed of Heat”
Ancient dan of steel and Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter released his first solo album, Heat speedFriday.
The 12-track collection features a mix of original tracks and selected covers. Among the latter are versions of classic Steely Dan “My old schooland “Do It Again”, and the 1960 instrumental “Apache” which was popularized by The shadows.
The album features Baxter singing on some tracks, along with guest vocalists and musicians, including his former Doobie Brothers bandmate. Michael McDonaldcountry star Wink Black and blues rocker Jonny Lang.
Baxter’s main collaborator on Heat speed was a veteran producer, composer and keyboardist CJ Vanston.
totoit is David Paich contributes keyboards to Jeff’s cover of “My Old School”. Heat speed also includes a song called “My Place in the Sun” which Baxter co-wrote with Vanston and McDonald, and features Michael on vocals. Lang co-writes, sings, and plays guitar on a track called “I Can Do Without,” while Black sings and co-writes the song.”wrong move.”
“It’s something very new to me, having never put the time and energy into creating a solo project before,” said Baxter on Heat speed. “It was very fun and very satisfying to do something for myself, instead of being a hitman (it’s not that I don’t like working in the studio, producing and performing live with other people. That will never change!).”
Meanwhile, Baxter plans to announce a West Coast tour soon in support of the album.
Here is the complete Heat speed track list:
“Ladies from Hell”
“My old school”
“I can do without”
“Do it again”
“My place in the sun”
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