Re-The Skunk Baxter Podcast

Bob, I just wanted to comment on your masterful interview with Jeff. To hear two individuals on such an even playing field intellectually was both heartfelt and “fact felt”. Tempo was awesome, not a dull moment. Thank you for spotlighting an amazing musician and genuinely interesting human being. Sincerely, Dann Huff


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Now I know who I’d like to invite to a fantasy dinner or be stuck with in an elevator.
The only negative aspect of this podcast might be, “How will you ever find a more engaging guest for The Lefsetz Podcast than Skunk Baxter?”

Keith Brown


What a fascinating conversation. Not many interviews run a couple of hours and I feel like I could’ve hung in there for another several hours at least.

Marty Winsch


Your long-form interview with Skunk Baxter was remarkable, thank you. Hearing from him about missile-defense systems and the war in Ukraine blew my mind. Even more so than hearing Ian Anderson talk about Indian cuisine and US politics. I commend you on your long-form approach: ask open-ended questions and then let these cats loose.

I sure would love to hear Brian May talk about astrophysics. Seriously!

Best wishes from New Orleans,

Dave Sharpe


Your podcast with Jeff Baxter is one of the most fascinating conversations I’ve ever heard.

If it were just about his life as a musician it would be great.

The stuff he can’t talk about would be enough to fill a few books.


Ray Levin


I very much enjoyed the interview.  Fascinating guy.  Thanks.

Bill Nelson


Great talk…SHOULD be a movie made about his life .

James Spencer


That was an amazing conversation…..

Donald Bartenstein


A great listen…It was equal parts Meet the Press and Behind the Music (industry edition)….keep up the great work.

Scott Richman


Super Bowl night jan. 26 1986 Capital theater Passaic NJ and we are waiting for James Brown to start his show.An hour goes by no James. They make an announcement they’re waiting on a replacement guitar player.Another 45 minutes goes by.Finally James hits the stage and out comes Skunk Baxter in a baby blue tux and carrying a chair which he precedes to sit in for most of the show.Now I know why he sits to play the guitar. What an interesting guy in both his lines of work.Great interview Bob.

Dennis Amrhein


I had to tell you how much I enjoyed your interview with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. I have long enjoyed his playing and his time with both Steely Dan and the Doobies (and far too many sessions to name) and being a child of the 70s, I fondly recall seeing him on What’s Happening in the infamous bootlegging episode…. but I digress.

I was so captivated by Skunk’s story about his journey and the way you navigated the storytelling. I have been a long-time listener and reader of yours, but this interview seemed elevated as you were able to really allow Skunk to delve into his thoughts and insights without stopping the flow. Seeing as I am a lifelong musically obsessed music industry nerd, I was wanting to hear more about his tenure with both acts that he was a part of but I simply found the work he has done and continues to do for our government to be just as intriguing. I am so glad you spent so much time slowing him down and digging deeper into his defense work.

It really is rare to find a person so musically talented to have such insight and skills worthy of consulting with the US defense strategy and leadership alike. And can we take a minute and marvel at his work on the 2nd lead of Bodhisattva and Riki Don’t Lose That Number? Hell, I am just a drummer but I still marvel at listening to those licks. They touch those magical parts of my soul as great music should.

I will also offer a huge shout-out for your chat with Robert Scovill as his work in live sound should be more well known. His work with Rush was something magical that I was fortunate to witness in person a few times. I had no idea he was part of the team to help design Avid’s live products. Touring with artists for the last 12 years, I can tell you how a lot of the work he was innovating has helped change the entire FOH process. That was so interesting to hear from him on that part of his work. And you should never worry about going too far down in the weeds with any guest as it helps shape your conversation into something much more meaningful.

So not meant to be a blow-smoke-up-your-ass note here but these two interviews were just something special Bob!! I simply had to share my thoughts so you know that your interview style and questions for people around the music industry (and beyond) are so entertaining and you keep getting better and better at it. Keep up the fantastic work!

Best regards-

Jay Coyle

Co-Founder/General Manager

Propeller Sound Recordings


Wow, what an incredible interview with a true renaissance man.  He personifies his motto: “whoever dies with the most stories wins”.

Cliff Keller

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