Michael Rhodes Death – Famous Nashville, Tennessee Bass Player Michael Rhodes has sadly passed away. He died on Saturday 4th March 2023 at the age of 69 leaving behind family, friends and fans in shock and disbelief. The news of his death was known through various publications made on social media. The circumstances surrounding the exact cause of Michael Rhodes’ death has not been revealed at the time of this report.
Michael Rhodes Birth
Rhodes was born in Monroe, Louisiana, and trained himself to play the guitar at the age of 13, shortly followed by the bass guitar. Rhodes relocated to Austin, Texas, in the early 1970s, and began playing music with local bands shortly after his arrival. After another four years, Rhodes uprooted his life and settled in Memphis, Tennessee, where he began performing alongside Alan Rich, Charlie Rich’s son. In 1977, Rhodes relocated to Nashville, where he quickly became a member of the local band The Nerve alongside Ricky Rector and Danny Rhodes.
Initially, he was employed by Tree Publishing Company as a demo musician; later, he became a session player. Shortly thereafter, Rhodes joined Cicadas as a permanent member, performing alongside Rodney Crowell, Steuart Smith, Eddie Bayers, and Vince Santoro. They had been performing as a group for over ten years by the time they only put out one album in 1997.
Michael Rhodes Musical Career
Rhodes was in the band The Notorious Cherry Bombs alongside Crowell, Bayers, Vince Gill, Hank DeVito, and Richard Bennett. Rhodes has contributed to the albums of several different artists, including Neal McCoy, Chely Wright, and Pat McLaughlin. Artists like Doug Stone, Wynonna Judd, Steve Winwood, Artists like Larry Carlton, the Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams, Jr., Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, and Kenny Chesney are all represented here.
His contributions as a session musician on Joe Bonamassa’s albums and tours were substantial. Rhodes received this honor from the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019. He was a legendary bass player who collaborated with virtually every artist possible across all styles of music and recorded with them. Michael was a good, good man who had a quick wit and was as hilarious as they come.
Michael Rhodes’ obituary will be released by the family
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