Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, known to millions from his groundbreaking work with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, and from countless smash hit recordings he’s performed on as an in-demand, first-call studio musician, has released his new single “Bad Move” featuring country music superstar Clint Black on vocals.
“Bad Move” was co-written by Baxter, Black, and CJ Vanston, and is the second single off his recently announced debut solo album, Speed of Heat, which will be released worldwide via BMG/Renew Records on June 17. Speed of Heat will be available digitally, as well as on CD and vinyl.
Clint Black reveals his mastery of musical eclecticism with his powerful and compelling vocal performance on “Bad Move”, which also includes an incendiary lead guitar and organ duke-out between Baxter and his music partner and Speed of Heat producer CJ Vanston.
“Clint really outdid himself on this song,” says Baxter. “I played it for his wife [singer-actress Lisa Hartman Black], and when she heard it, she jokingly asked me, ‘Who is that?’ I said, ‘That’s your husband. He is a really amazing and multi-faceted musician.’”
“Skunk and I have been friends for a long time and I’m a fan, so I didn’t hesitate when he invited me to do something for the album,” added Black. “Writing with him and C.J. was as good as it gets; sitting two feet from Skunk while he cut those amazing guitar parts, him coaching me through my parts…that was a singular experience. I was hoping to step out of my genre with ‘Bad Move’ and we definitely did that. Definitely a ‘good move!’”