I was having dinner with a couple of (older) sound guys I used to work with and how to position a bass guitar in a mix. Since we all did a wide variety of music, we came to the conclusion that there has to be space for the bass within any arrangement, no matter what the music style, in order for the bass to fit. The level of the bass determines if it's a leading or following instrument within the context of the mix, and it's level relative to kick and snare help define if the song rolls along with momentum or if it's more percussive in nature. While country type arrangements have been dogged for being formula like (mostly because top 40 country was kind of formula based), there are some distinct advantages for a bass player since the bass often leads the rhythm section (or at least appears to). We listened to some sample mixes and this one really highlights the bass player with the bass forward, but in a way that really takes the simpler playing style, melodic arrangement of the part, the technique and phrasing and puts it in context of an entire mix. (I kind of like some of the turnarounds he uses, and how the part grows in complexitity as the song progresses) This is a Joan Baez track, covering a song written by an act I used to work with regularly (Kris Kristofferson) Maybe some of you might have other good examples of bass players sitting nicely in a mix that could add to this discussion?