Dave Roe, a renowned Nashville musician and former bassist for Johnny Cash, has sadly passed away.
Dave Roe, a renowned Nashville musician and former bassist for Johnny Cash, sadly passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023, leaving his family, friends, colleagues, and fans in mourning. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.
Dave Roe’s musical journey began in the late ’60s and ’70s when he first picked up the bass guitar, immersing himself in the world of funk and R&B bands. However, his career took a significant turn when he moved to Nashville in the early ’80s and joined Jerry Reed’s band, propelling him into the spotlight and setting the stage for his remarkable career. He was known not only for his incredible talent but also for his friendship, inspiration, and sense of humor.
In the early ’90s, Dave’s career reached new heights when Johnny Cash invited him to join the Tennessee Three, marking a pivotal moment in his musical journey. He became known for his mastery of the upright bass, particularly in the art of slap bass.
Throughout his career, Dave Roe’s distinctive bass notes became an integral part of numerous hit recordings by a wide range of artists, including CeeLo Green, Chrissie Hynde, Faith Hill, Ray LaMontagne, Carrie Underwood, Kurt Vile, and many others. He toured with legendary artists like Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Louvin, Dottie West, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, and Mel Tillis, captivating audiences with his extraordinary talent. He even shared the stage with the iconic Chet Atkins and served as the backbone of Dan Auerbach’s East Eye Sound house band.
For five years, Dave Roe embarked on a musical journey alongside Dwight Yoakam, both on tour and in the recording studio, solidifying his status as a pillar of the music industry. His legacy, as a friend, a comedian, and a bass maestro, will endure in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him and in the timeless melodies he helped create.