Bucky Baxter, Guitarist Who Worked on Bob Dylan’s ‘Time Out of Mind’, Dies at 65

Bucky Baxter
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Bucky Baxter, an in-demand guitarist who performed on Bob Dylan three-time Grammy Award-winning album Time Out of Mind, died Monday (May 25) in Sanibel Island, Florida at the age of 65.

No cause of death was revealed.

Baxter’s passing was revealed by his son Rayland in a post on social media. “He is my everything and now he is an angel. My heart is broken yet I am blinded by joy,” he wrote.

Born in Melbourne, Florida in 1955, Baxter was a founding member of Steve Earle’s backing band, The Dukes, and played guitars on a string of the rocker’s albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the international breakout album Copperhead Road.

Baxter also worked on R.E.M.’s Green and cut albums with Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, Joe Henry and others, but it’s his years-long association with Dylan for which he’s best remembered.

He played for Dylan's band on the Never Ending Tour from 1992-1999 and played pedal steel and acoustic guitar on the Hall of Famer's 1997 Time Out of Mind, which went on to win a hattrick of Grammys, including album of the year.

In 1999, Baxter released his first and only solo album, Most Likely, No Problem.

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