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Michael Rhodes is an American bass player, known for his session work and touring in support of other artists, and his collaborations in bands and ensembles.

Michael Rhodes
Born (1953-09-16) September 16, 1953 (age 65)
Monroe, Louisiana
GenresRock music
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsBass
Years active1976–present
Associated actsThe Cicadas, The Notorious Cherry Bombs,joe Bonamassa
Websitemichaelrhodesbass.com

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BiographyEdit

Rhodes was born in Monroe, Louisiana, and taught himself to play the guitar by age 13 and the bass soon after. In the early '70s, Rhodes moved to Austin, Texas, where he performed with local bands. Four years later, Rhodes moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he performed with Charlie Rich's son Alan.[1]

In 1977, Rhodes moved to Nashville, and he joined local band The Nerve with Ricky Rector and Danny Rhodes. He worked as a demo musician for Tree Publishing Company, and then as a session player.[2]

Rhodes joined Rodney Crowell, Steuart Smith, Eddie Bayers, and Vince Santoro in the Cicadas.[3] They recorded one album in 1997, but had been playing together for more than a decade.[4] Rhodes was also a member of The Notorious Cherry Bombs, with Crowell, Bayers, Vince Gill, Hank DeVito, and Richard Bennett.[5]

Rhodes has contributed to the recordings of numerous artists, including Neal McCoy, Chely Wright,[6] Pat McLaughlin[7] Doug Stone, Wynonna Judd, Steve Winwood,[8] Larry Carlton,[9] 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.[1][10]

CollaborationsEdit

Besides session work, Rhodes is a member of several local bands who play frequently in Nashville-area venues:[11]

AwardsEdit

In 2016, Rhodes won Bass Player of the Year as awarded by the Academy of Country Music.[19]

DiscographyEdit

With The CicadasEdit

With the Vinyl KingsEdit

  • 2002: A Little Trip (self-released)
  • 2005: Time Machine (self-released)[21]

With The Notorious Cherry BombsEdit

With The PlayersEdit

  • 2002: The Players (Medallion)
  • 2004: Live in Nashville DVD (Image)

With the World Famous HeadlinersEdit

  • 2011: The World Famous Headliners (Big Yellow Dog)[22]

Also appears onEdit

1979 - 1989Edit

1990 - 1992Edit

1993 - 1995Edit

1996 - 1997Edit

1998 - 1999Edit

2000 - 2002Edit

2003 - 2005Edit

2006 - 2009Edit

2010 - 2012Edit

2013 - 2014Edit

2015 - presentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ryan Madora (November 13, 2015). "Bass Players To Know: Michael Rhodes". No Treble. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  2. ^ CMHOF Staff (February 12, 2015). "Renowned Bassist Michael Rhodes Named Next Nashville Cat". Country Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Rick Petreycik (October 31, 1997). "Cicadas - self-titled". No Depression. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Aarik Danielsen (February 5, 2008). "The Cicadas". Popmatters. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Eddie Bayers". Modern Drummer. May 1, 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Rick Allen (September 1, 2010). "Chely Wright: Lifted Off the Ground". Vintage Guitar. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Never Mind The Grammy's, Here's Pat McLaughlin". No Depression. February 12, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Jim Washburn (May 13, 1991). "Steve Winwood Comes Alive at Amphitheatre Concert". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Michael P. Gladstone (February 12, 2004). "Larry Carlton: Sapphire Blue". All About Jazz. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Thomas Semioli (September 25, 2015). "Michael Rhodes". Know Your Bass Player. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Lizza Connor Bowen (October 1, 2009). "Michael Rhodes: Deep Down Cool". Nashville Arts Magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Sarah Skates (November 6, 2009). "Gary Nicholson Celebrates 60 With NSAI Benefit". Music Row. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "Keyboardist John Hobbs to Be Honored as Newest Nashville Cat". Cybergrass. February 17, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  14. ^ "Video of the Day: Michael Rhodes with The Players and Vince Gill: "Don't Try This At Home"". Bass Frontiers. July 19, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Gary Glauber (November 5, 2002). "Vinyl Kings: A Little Trip". Popmatters. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  16. ^ "TAR (Trapp, Abbott, and Rhodes)". Guthrie Trapp. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  17. ^ Brian K. Saunders (February 1, 2016). "Six Strings from Stardom: Guthrie Trapp". Fretboard Journal. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  18. ^ Dan Harr (August 21, 2012). "The World Famous Headliners Release New CD Today". Nashville Music News. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  19. ^ "2016 Studio Recording Awards Winners". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  20. ^ Dan Kening (May 16, 1997). "The Cicadas: The Cicadas (Warner Bros.)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  21. ^ Jean-Luc Raymond (January 29, 2005). "Vinyl Kings: Time Machine". West Coast Music in France. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  22. ^ Bob Gottlieb. "The World Famous Headliners". Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. Retrieved October 13, 2017.

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