John Rhoades Band

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Blues, Funk, Jazz


Warren MI United States

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Member since: 06/02/2013 Year Founded: 2011


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John Rhoades


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  • Original material: 01 hrs : 00 min
  • Cover material: 03 hrs : 00 min
  • CDs released: 1
  • CDs sold: 100
  • Digital songs sold: 10
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 25
  • Largest crowd: 100
  • Have sound: Full PA


Born June 20, 1986 in Detroit, Michigan John Rhoades waited 12 years to get his first guitar. Immediately he was attracted to blues music and was familiar with the sounds of Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King before he touched a guitar, thanks to his parents CD collection. From there he spent countless hours studying the styles and sounds of the great blues players in his room. Sounding out the solo's one note at a time.

While taking guitar lessons for a few years at Jerry Luck Studios in Eastpointe, MI he met local Detroit guitarist Brett Lucas who influenced his playing greatly, but also opened many doors for the young guitarist, even to this day. At the time the Rhoades' had just moved to St. Clair Shores, MI right down the street from local blues bar the Blue Goose Inn where John started working as a dishwaher. While taking his first guitar lesson from Brett, the two discovered Lucas had a gig at the goose that night and invited the youngster to sit in. That night was his first foray into the live blues scene. He was 16 years old. After that he would be seen frequently sitting in with almost every band at the Blue Goose Inn. He would come out of the kitchen with "dishpan" hands willing to jam with any band that would let him.

In 2006 while home for spring break from Western Michigan University where he majored in jazz studies he sat in with local blues man Motor City Josh who was in need of a second guitarist. Without hesitation he accepted the position and continued playing and learning from Josh for almost 5 years. Playing alongside the blues veteran was the best learning experience the 20 year old guitarist could ask for. Over the the years they played together, John played on 3 of his records (live album "Covered Up," "Fourty Four-Tribute to Howlin' Wolf," and "It's A Good Life")also toured the east coast extensively, playing an average of 250 show a year.

In 2010 John was feeling it was time to start fronting his own band and made the big decision to leave Motor City Josh's group. He's been playing the Detroit area ever since promoting his debut EP "Breakin' Out." The album features Rhoades playing high energy upbeat blues with a jazzy slickness and fiery attack. It also features the guitarists first recording as vocalist.

Since he went on his own John has been lucky enough to play as guitarist for Sherrie Williams, Thornetta Davis, Stacia Petrie and is currently touring with Kansas based singer and pianist Kelley Hunt. He still currently tours with Hunt which brings him all over the midwest and west coast.

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