Jeff Baxter On Why The Doobie Brothers Excluded Him From ‘Stampede’ Album Cover

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Former The Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff Baxter recently joined Rock History Music for an interview and revealed why he didn’t appear on the ‘Stampede’ album cover.

In 1969, after Ultimate Spinach’s split, Jeff Baxter moved to Los Angeles to look for work as a session guitarist. He then became a founding member of Steely Dan in 1972, along with Denny Dias, Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Jim Hodder, and David Palmer. Baxter then appeared on the band’s first three albums and contributed with his guitar riffs and solos.

After finishing his work on 1974’s ‘Pretzel Logic,’ Baxter noticed that Becker and Fagen wanted to retire Steely Dan from touring and work with session players. Due to that, he left the band in 1974 and joined The Doobie Brothers. At that time, The Doobie Brothers were on tour as support for their ‘What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.’

As a session guitarist, Baxter contributed to the band’s ‘Vices,’ ‘South City Midnight Lady,’ and ‘The Captain And Me.’ On the other hand, the first album he contributed to as a full member of The Doobie Brothers was the 1975 album ‘Stampede.’ However, Baxter didn’t appear on the album’s cover.

In a recent interview with Rock History Music’s John Beaudin, Jeff Baxter explained why the band excluded him from the cover. The musician stated that he wasn’t included on ‘Stampede’s album cover because he was still in Steely Dan at that time and in the middle of the transition between the two bands.

Here is what Jeff Baxter said about his exclusion from the ‘Stampede’ album cover:

“Because I was still in both bands, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, and was just making the transition.”

You can watch the rest of the interview and listen to the album below.