A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Drummond cut his teeth in the clubs of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he ended up recording sessions with Brown and Hank Ballard, according to AllMusic. He went on to become a member of Brown’s band, touring the world until he quit and settled in Nashville. There he worked as a session musician for various R&B and country singers before playing on Young’s 1972 mainstream breakthrough album Harvest (a 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee) and going on to join Young’s backing band.
From there, Drummond’s demand as a session player only grew. He worked with Dylan on 1979′s Slow Train Coming, 1980′s Saved and 1981′s Shot of Love, co-wroting the Saved title track. He has a list of credits for artists ranging from Ry Cooder, J.J. Cale, the Beach Boys, John Mayall and Crosby, Stills and Nash to Don Henley and Jewel (her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You).
“What a great bass player and character Tim Drummond is!” wrote Young in his 2012 memoir Waging Heavy Peace. “As deep as the sea!”
Listen to a few selections from Drummond’s extensive catalog below.