John Christopher “Chris” Ethridge was an American country rock bass guitarist. He was a member of the International Submarine Band (ISB) and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and co-wrote several songs with Gram Parsons. Ethridge worked with Nancy Sinatra, Judy Collins, Leon Russell, Delaney Bramlett, Johnny Winter, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Jackson Browne, and Willie Nelson.
Ethridge was born in Meridian, Mississippi, United States. He 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 co founding 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. After Parsons’ death, Ethridge played in 1974 with the Docker Hill Boys,] an informal group which included Gene Parsons and Joel Scott Hill. These three refounded the Burritos in 1975 with Sneaky Pete and Gib Guilbeau, recording Flying Again.
Ethridge left the Burritos again in February 1976, returning to session work He had been a session musician throughout his career, recording with many leading country-tinged acts, including Nancy Sinatra, 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.
Ethridge died on April 23, 2012 at age 65 at a hospital in Meridian, Mississippi of complications from pancreatic cancer.
On the following albums, Ethridge played bass unless stated otherwise:
|1968||Safe at Home||International Submarine Band|
|1969||The Gilded Palace of Sin||The Flying Burrito Brothers||co-wrote “Hot Burrito No. 1 (I’m Your Toy)” and “Hot Burrito No. 2” with Gram Parsons|
|1969||Self Titled||John Braden||bass on “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, “Carriage House Song”, and “Ribbons of Friendship”|
|1970||Greatest Hits||Phil Ochs|
|1970||Washington County||Arlo Guthrie|
|1970||Alone Together||Dave Mason|
|1970||Ry Cooder||Ry Cooder|
|1970||The Candlestickmaker||Ron Elliott||bass on “Molly in the Middle”, “Lazy Day”, “All Time Green” and “To the City, To the Sea”|
|1971||L.A. Getaway||Joel Scott Hill, Chris Ethridge, John Barbata|
|1971||Songs for Beginners||Graham Nash|
|1971||White Light||Gene Clark|
|1971||Rita Coolidge||Rita Coolidge|
|1972||Full Circle||The Doors||bass on “Get Up and Dance”|
|1972||Graham Nash David Crosby||Graham Nash & David Crosby|
|1973||Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun||Paul Kantner/Grace Slick / David Freiberg|
|1973||GP||Gram Parsons||did not play; co-wrote “She” with Parsons|
|1973||Maria Muldaur||Maria Muldaur||played bass on ‘Long Hard Climb’, ‘I Never Did Write You A Love Song’, ‘My Tennessee Mountain Home’ and The Work Song’|
|1974||Paradise and Lunch||Ry Cooder|
|1975||Flying Again||The Flying Burrito Brothers|
|1976||Chicken Skin Music||Ry Cooder|
|1977||Simple Dreams||Linda Ronstadt||background vocals|
|1977||Class Reunion||Delaney Bramlett||bass|
|1980||Honeysuckle Rose OST||Willie Nelson||also had a small role in the film|
|1991||From Another Time||The Flying Burrito Brothers||recorded live in 1975|
|1996||Eye of a Hurricane||The Flying Burrito Brothers||bass; vocals on one track|
|2001||Pretty Paper||Willie Nelson|
|2002||Red Album: Live Studio Party in Hollywood||The Flying Burrito Brothers||recorded live in 1976|
|2002||Cherry Smiles: The Rare Singles||Nancy Sinatra||a collection of Sinatra’s rare singles and B-sides from 1970-1980|