Skunk Baxter’s Unlikely Second Act

   His parents named him Jeffrey, you know him as Skunk.    How did he get the nickname Skunk? He isn’t saying.     He played guitar for two of the best rock and roll bands ever, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a …

A Scientific Study Of Groove In Music

by Kevin Burton    As a consumer of popular music for more than 50 years I thought I knew exactly what a groove was, until I tried to define it.     I have no trouble feeling the groove in “Ain’t That Peculiar,” by Marvin Gaye for example. But how to define it?     The website …

Quick Music Fans, What Is A Groove?

by Kevin Burton    One of my beep baseball coaches called me “the answer man.” This time, I struck out.   My wife asked me “What is a groove?” I am an amateur musician and somewhat of a historian. You would think that question would be right in my wheelhouse.      I gave perhaps the …