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.
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. 
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. 
Rodney Crowell, Steuart Smith, Eddie Bayers, and Vince Santoro in the Cicadas. They recorded one album in 1997, but had been playing together for more than a decade.  Rhodes was also a member of The  Notorious Cherry Bombs, with Crowell, Bayers, Vince Gill, Hank DeVito, and Richard Bennett. 
Rhodes has contributed to the recordings of numerous artists, including
Neal McCoy, Chely Wright,  Pat McLaughlin  Doug Stone, Wynonna Judd, Steve Winwood,  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.  
Besides session work, Rhodes is a member of several local bands who play frequently in Nashville-area venues:
 The Fortunate Sons, with
Gary Nicholson, Kenny Greenberg, Chad Cromwell, and Reese Winans.  The Players, with
Eddie Bayers (drums), John Hobbs (keyboards), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), and Brent Mason (guitar). They often perform with other artists, such as  Vince Gill.  The Vinyl Kings, playing original Beatles style music, with
Jim Photoglo, Vince Melamed (keyboards), Larry Byrom (keyboards), Larry Lee (percussion), Josh Leo (guitar), and Harry Stinson (drums).  TAR (Trapp, Abbott, and Rhodes), a power trio with Guthrie Trapp (guitar), and Pete Abbott (drums).
  The World Famous Headliners, led by Al Anderson, and featuring Shawn Camp, Pat McLaughlin, and Greg Morrow. 
In 2016, Rhodes won Bass Player of the Year as awarded by the Academy of Country Music.
With the Vinyl Kings
A Little Trip (self-released) 2005: Time Machine (self-released) 
With The Players 2002:
The Players (Medallion) 2004: Live in Nashville DVD (Image)
With the World Famous Headliners 2011: The World Famous Headliners (Big Yellow Dog) 
Also appears on
1979 - 1989
1990 - 1992
1993 - 1995
1996 - 1997
1998 - 1999
2000 - 2002
2003 - 2005
2006 - 2009
2010 - 2012
2013 - 2014
2015 - present
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