Stuff about Skid

Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper, Miles Davis and Alex Harvey have inspired Skid Baxter,
the brainchild of musician/composer/author/home-brewer Vinnie "John" Salvatore.

Vinnie Salvatore is a guitarist with the hard rock band, Rat Bastard Syndicate, which also includes Steve Theado on guitar & vocals, Lennard James on bass & vocals and Keith Pickens on drums. The group formed as a trio in Columbus, Ohio in early 2015 and expanded to a quartet in September 2016. Theado, Pickens and Salvatore are former members of American Dog.

While Salvatore was in American Dog (2013-2016) they issued their 7th studio album, Neanderthal, and toured the United States and Europe, including shows with Tesla, Blue Coupe, Skinny Molly and The Vegabonds. He was also a guitarist for Planet 9 during 2012 and 2013 to help the band meet its touring obligations while Ron Zingaro was on hiatus. This included dates with American Dog and Suspect Earth. From 2009 to 2013, Salvatore played guitar and bass in The Godz, the hard rock band fronted by the legendary Eric Moore. In April 2012, The Godz released a brand-new studio album, "Last of the Outlaws" on Xtremely LTD Recordings.

Other items on the table
The writing of music is a never-ending process, kind of like eating and sleeping, thereby making an album of new Skid Baxter music that much closer to becoming a reality.  Asked about what people should expect, Mr. Baxter stated "hopefully, people will think something completely different after hearing it than what they thought before they heard it." The question of course is making time to record it and generating enough money to pay for it all.

UPDATE August 2016: Re-issue...ISSUES
These plans have been in motion for quite some time, but now that the record business is completely in the toilet, it doesn't make financial sense to put out any more hard-copy CDs. This of course, does not necessarily mean I won't do it. As with releasing new music, it's not just money. Time is a major factor. The good news is that with today's technology and with all the networking I've done in recent years, everything could - and most likely will - change overnight. Until then, Rat Bastard Syndicate will be my main focus. I encourage you to check us out.

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