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No dice on Doobie claim, band’s manager says

While a Louisa County man’s claim to be a former guitarist of the rock band The Doobie Brothers fell on deaf ears with a local judge, the band’s manager was listening.

Bruce Cohn of DooBro Entertainment manages the band and said he has never heard of the Louisa County man who was sentenced to serve five years in prison on drug charges Monday.

During the sentencing, Millard Chisholm said he had been a guitarist with the popular band from 1971 to 1977.

Cohn released a statement Tuesday.

“Millard Chisholm is not now nor has he ever been a member of The Doobie Brothers or associated with the band in any way,” Cohn said. “Besides members Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee, there has only been one other The Doobie Brothers guitar player in the group: Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, who ironically is now a U.S. Marshal in Washington, D.C.—about 180 degrees opposite of Mr. Chisholm.”

Chisholm, 66, of Bumpass was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison with all but five years suspended in Louisa Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in May to drug charges.

“Strangely, this is not the first time a criminal has falsely claimed an affiliation with the band,” Cohn said.

The group, which has won four Grammy Awards, is currently working on a new album slated for Nov. 4 entitled “Southbound.”

The album will feature guest appearances by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans and Toby Keith—but no criminals, Cohn said.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

 

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