Michael Rhodes, an esteemed bassist who has played alongside some of the world’s most successful artists, has sadly passed away aged 69.
A representative for Rhodes confirmed his death to Billboard, and shared that he passed away at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday morning (4 March). No cause of death was given.
Rhodes was inducted into the Musicians Hall Of Fame in 2019 due to his outstanding career – In the early years, Rhodes featured alongside J. J. Cale, Dolly Parton, Lonnie Mack and Hank Williams Jr.
He would go on to work alongside Vince Gill, Etta James, Larry Carlton, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, John Fogerty, Dixie Chicks, Brian Wilson and plenty more. Rhodes became bassist for blues giant Joe Bonamassa in 2013, who he performed and recorded with on live and studio albums over eight years, including Different Shades of Blue (2014) and Royal Tea (2020).
Thanks to Rachel Roberts of Guitar.com for the reporting on Michael.
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Rest in Peace my friend. I can't even get my head around this right now. pic.twitter.com/VRJL4OKHKS— Joe Bonamassa (Official) (@JBONAMASSA) March 4, 2023
Michael Rhodes & I comparing bass thumbs. Rest peacefully my friend. Such a good soul and an amazing bassist! #restinpeace #michaelrhodes pic.twitter.com/Uax3m6ALs6— Tony Franklin (@FretlessMonster) March 4, 2023
We are sad to learn of the passing of Michael Rhodes. He was most recently a member of Joe Bonamassa's recording and touring bands.— MusiciansHallofFame (@mhfm) March 5, 2023
He was inducted into The Musicians Hall of Fame in 2019 as part of The Players.#musicianshalloffame #nashville #nashvilletn #michaelrhodes pic.twitter.com/kbQ2hCyFNN