RIP Chris Ethridge, Bassist With Flying Burrito Brothers And Willie Nelson

The music world lost another key player yesterday. Chris Ethridge, songwriter and bassist with country-rock pioneers the Flying Burrito Brothers, longtime session musician, and a member of Willie Nelson‘s band, passed away. He was 65.

The music world was alerted a to Ethridge’s condition by a tweet on April 19 from Booker T. Jones:

Randy Houser then tweeted early Monday morning with the news of the passing of his friend.

On Monday afternoon, Willie Nelson was among others who confirmed the loss.

A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Ethridge played in bands with country-rock icon Gram Parsons, including the International Submarine Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and cowrote such country-rock classics as “Hot Burrito #1 (I’m Your Toy),” “Hot Burrito #2,” and “She.”

He was also an active session musician also played with an impressive range of artists across the California country- and folk-rock spectrum including Randy Newman, Gene Clark, Rita Coolidge, Phil Ochs, Leon Russell, Linda Ronstadt, and Ry Cooder.

Ethridge also toured with Nelson and played in the post-Parsons version of the Burrito Brothers.

In 2010, a concert tribute to Ethridge was held in Meridian, Mississippi that included performances of music he wrote and played on. Among the special guests was Muscle Shoals legend Spooner Oldham.


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