bassist was a founding member of the Flying Burrito Brothers and additionally
played with many of the greats. He’s pictured in the photo above, top row
By Fred Mills
Media reports are still sketchy at this point, but it’s been
confirmed that country-rock pioneer Chris Ethridge, who cofounded the Flying
Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons in 1969, is dead at the age of 65.
Apparently he entered a hospital last Thursday for undisclosed reasons and
subsequently passed away (exact date tba).
RollingStone.com indicated that Willie Nelson, with whom
Ethridge toured for a number of years, confirmed
in a tweet the death (“he was a talented musician & we were honored to
call him Family”).
The Mississippi-born musician had hooked up with Parsons
prior to his stint with the Burritos, playing in the International Submarine
Band. Following the Burritos, Ethridge dived into a career of extensive session
work that included albums by Dave Mason, Ry Cooder, Graham Nash, Gene Clark,
Rita Coolidge and Nelson. One underappreciated project: the 1971 almost-supergroup
L.A. Getaway comprising Ethridge, early cohort Joel Scott Hill on guitar and
CSNY drummer Johnny Barbata (the group’s lone, self-titled album is a period
piece but still proto-Americana gem).