Willie Nelson & Family :: Okie From Muskogee, 1974

Dan “Bee” Spears was all of nineteen years old when he joined Willie Nelson’s Family Band as a bassist, a post he would hold until his death in December 2011. Marshall Grant’s tubthumping time in the Tennessee Two notwithstanding, country music bassists tend not to draw attention to themselves. Given Willie Nelson’s fast and loose relationship with conventional rhythm, Spears’ job was to act as the anchor that both allowed the band the freedom to roam and kept them from falling out of sync. It’s . . .

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