Michael Rhodes (musician)
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Michael Rhodes Musician
Michael Rhodes
Born (1953-09-16) September 16, 1953 (age 67)
Monroe, Louisiana
GenresRock music
The Cicadas, The Notorious Cherry Bombs, Joe Bonamassa

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.[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]

He is an active sideman in recordings and touring of Joe Bonamassa.

Rhodes was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019.


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


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


With The Cicadas

With the Vinyl Kings

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

With The Notorious Cherry Bombs

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)[22]

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


  1. ^ a b Ryan Madora (November 13, 2015). "Bass Players To Know: Michael Rhodes". No Treble. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ CMHOF Staff (February 12, 2015). "Renowned Bassist Michael Rhodes Named Next Nashville Cat". Country Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Rick Petreycik (October 31, 1997). "Cicadas - self-titled". No Depression. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Aarik Danielsen (February 5, 2008). "The Cicadas". Popmatters. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Eddie Bayers". Modern Drummer. May 1, 2005. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Rick Allen (September 1, 2010). "Chely Wright: Lifted Off the Ground". Vintage Guitar. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Never Mind The Grammy's, Here's Pat McLaughlin". No Depression. February 12, 2013. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Jim Washburn (May 13, 1991). "Steve Winwood Comes Alive at Amphitheatre Concert". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Michael P. Gladstone (February 12, 2004). "Larry Carlton: Sapphire Blue". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Thomas Semioli (September 25, 2015). "Michael Rhodes". Know Your Bass Player. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Lizza Connor Bowen (October 1, 2009). "Michael Rhodes: Deep Down Cool". Nashville Arts Magazine. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Sarah Skates (November 6, 2009). "Gary Nicholson Celebrates 60 With NSAI Benefit". Music Row. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Keyboardist John Hobbs to Be Honored as Newest Nashville Cat". Cybergrass. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 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 2017.
  15. ^ Gary Glauber (November 5, 2002). "Vinyl Kings: A Little Trip". Popmatters. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "TAR (Trapp, Abbott, and Rhodes)". Guthrie Trapp. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ Brian K. Saunders (February 1, 2016). "Six Strings from Stardom: Guthrie Trapp". Fretboard Journal. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ Dan Harr (August 21, 2012). "The World Famous Headliners Release New CD Today". Nashville Music News. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "2016 Studio Recording Awards Winners". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ Dan Kening (May 16, 1997). "The Cicadas: The Cicadas (Warner Bros.)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ Jean-Luc Raymond (January 29, 2005). "Vinyl Kings: Time Machine". West Coast Music in France. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ Bob Gottlieb. "The World Famous Headliners". Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. Retrieved 2017.

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