Michael Rhodes, a bassist known for playing in Nashville, has died. He was 69. In a statement to Billboard, Rhodes’s representative said he had died. The spokesman said the bassist died on Saturday morning at his Nashville, Tennessee, home.
The statement didn’t say anything about what caused his death. Rhodes’ family hasn’t said anything official about the musician, his funeral, or the memorial service that will be held in his honor. The representative said that instead of sending flowers, people should send donations to the Music Health Alliance by mail or through their website, musichealthalliance.com.
His wife, Lindsay Fairbanks Rhodes, his children, Jason Rhodes and Melody Wind Rhodes, and his grandchildren all lived on after him. After hearing that Rhodes had died, his fellow musicians and fans talked to Twitter about his legacy as a musician and what he had done for the music business.
John Rich posted a picture of the bass player with the words,
“Very sad day in Nashville as we lost our friend, one of the greatest bass players to have ever lived, Michael Rhodes. His mere presence in the studio made everyone bring their ‘A’ game. Huge loss for our music family. RIP my friend, and play God a nice, deep heavenly groove.”
Peter Frampton, Bryan White, and Steve Gorman paid him tribute in separate posts.
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How Michael Rhodes Achieved Great Success?
When he was 13, the Louisianan from Monroe started playing the guitar, which grew his love of music. Soon after, he switched to bass and began his career with bands in Austin, Texas.
When Rhodes moved to Nashville in 1977, he added to his career by joining The Nerve. Ricky Rector and Danny Rhodes were also in the band, and they played shows all over the state while Rhodes worked as a demo musician and session player.
Besides The Nerve, he played with Cicadas and The Notorious Cherry Bombs, both of which were well-known.
Rhodes helped many musicians, like Toby Keith, Pat McLaughlin, Doug Stone, Larry Carlton, Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton, and Vince Gil, make music in the years before he died.
Some of the last albums and songs he worked on are “Texas” by Rodney Crowell, “Redemption” by Joe Bonamassa, “Black Coffee” by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, “Close Ties” by Rodney Crowell, and “Christmas Together” by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Esteemed bassist and session musician Michael Rhodes, who was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2019, has died.
Esteemed bassist and session musician Michael Rhodes, who was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2019, has died https://t.co/0qCyCnB9m0
— billboard (@billboard) March 5, 2023
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