Session bass legend Lee Sklar talks fan frets, beard maintenance and touring every year since 1970 in this classic interview

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You’ve heard Lee Sklar’s bass parts more often than you think. His work appears on a huge number of albums in a wide variety of musical genres, and although his best-known playing has been alongside James Taylor and Phil Collins, the cult of Sklar extends into pretty much every area of recorded endeavor, from film to stage to stadium and beyond.

When we met Lee he was recovering from an unexplained infection - possibly the result of a spider bite sustained while doing some yard work, he thinks - that left him with a baseball-sized swelling on his arm and a raging temperature. Thankfully his playing won’t be affected - “although that’s subjective!” as he notes.

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