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Steel guitar ace Bucky Baxter, founding member of Dukes, dies at 65

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Bucky Baxter, a founding member of Steve Earle's backing band, The Dukes, and a long touring member of Bob Dylan's band, died at 65 in Sanibel, Fla. of undisclosed causes.

Baxter's son, Rayland, an Americana artist, announced the death of his father. He wrote, "BUCKY BAXTER is God's most beautiful invention. He is my father. He is my everything, and now he is an angel. My heart is broken. Yet, I am blinded by joy."

Bucky Baxter was born in Melbourne, Fla. in 1955 and started learning how to play pedal steel in the 1970s. He later met Earle and played on his debut disc, "Guitar Town," in 1986. He later played on three other Earle albums, "Exit 0" in 1987, "Copperhead Road" in 1988 and "The Hard Way" in 1990.

Baxter met Dylan during an Earle concert tour and was asked to give him lessons on playing steel guitar. Baxter played pedal steel on Dylan's Never Ending Tour from 1992-99, including on his Grammy Award-winning disc, "Time Out of Mind."

Baxter released a solo album, "Most Likely, No Problem," in 1999.

He later played on numerous recording sessions, including for Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, R.E.M and Kacey Musgraves.

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