Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meridian's Chris Ethridge - Bass Guitar

Nice tribute to a Home Boy, Chris Ethridge.

Gone: 4/23/12. Rest In Peace, Chris. Ave Atque Vale

Chris Ethridge (born 1947 in Meridian, Mississippi) is an American country rock bass guitarist.

Jacky Jack White hosted a tribute to local legend Chris Ethridge at the Sucarnochee Review on July 2, 2010 in the historic Temple Theatre, Meridian, MS. Chris’s mother attended and Chris’s brothers, Tommy and Joey, also musicians, performed with their groups.


Ethridge began playing in local bands in the South before moving to California aged 17, having been spotted in Biloxi. He played with Joel Scott Hill before joining Gram Parsons in ISB. He played with Parsons after the end of ISB, and again after Parsons left The Byrds, before cofounding the Burrito Brothers with him. He played bass and piano on The Gilded Palace of Sin, but left before Burrito Deluxe. When Parsons left the Burritos, Ethridge played with him again, touring with Byron Berline, Emmylou Harris, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, and Roland White.Ethridge left the Burritos again in February 1976, returning to session work. He has been a session musician throughout his career, recording with many leading country-tinged acts, including Judy Collins, Johnny Winter, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell, Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt,The Byrds and Jackson Browne. He also toured with Willie Nelson's band for almost eight years and later played with the Kudzu Kings.
With the Flying Burrito Brothers. Chris is at the far right. Click on.


Jim Allen Brown said...

I just saw where someone posted on facebook, " R.I.P. Chris Ethridge" I have searched for anymore info to find out if he has really passed, and I have not been able to find anything. That search is what lead me to your site. Can you confirm?

Jim Brown

Anonymous said...

Saw the same. Also waiting for comfirmation.

alaskalonewolf said...

Chris died early this morning in Meridian.

Anonymous said...

what happened?

Anonymous said...

I can confirm, Chris passed this morning. And his good friend Levon Helm died only a few days ago. Sad times.

Anonymous said...

Pancreatic cancer, treatments and then pneumonia had weakened him so much he didn't have anything left to fight with. He passed on a little after 4:00 am, 4/23/12 at Anderson's Hospital in his hometown of Meridian, MS. Services are set for 2:30, 4/25/12 at Barham Family Funeral Home in Meridian. RIP Chris