Danny Rhodes

Danny Rhodes


Rootsy, soulful, creative - rock-powered blues, funk and soul


Danny has played in all 50 states, Canada, Japan, and Europe with a wide variety of artists, including Charlie Rich, Mel McDaniel, and Brenda Lee. With these artists and with his own bands, he has performed on Austin City Limits, the Grand Ole Opry, HBO, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In the late 70’s, Danny spent two years in Austin, TX and shared bills with Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Neville Brothers, among others.

While living in Nashville, TN, he had the opportunity to perform with Dicky Betts, Gregg Allman, Rodney Crowell, Gatemouth Brown, and Dash Crofts, among others. He was also a staff writer for Warner/Chappell (Warner Bros. publishing company). Danny wrote songs for several artists, including Etta James. His song, “Get Funky,” was the first single from Etta’s Stickin’ to My Guns album, released on Island Records.

In 1996, Danny moved to Arizona and formed the Messengers. The band won the 1999 Arizona Battle of the Bands and has opened for the Neville Brothers, the Radiators, Tab Benoit, and Sonny Landreth.

For the past several years, Danny has hosted a blues show at Cliff Castle Casino and has performed with many of the biggest names in Arizona blues, including Big Pete Pearson, Long John Hunter, Bob Blasi, JD Simo, Chuck Hall, Tommy Dukes, Maxine Johnson, Chico Chism, Chris Hiatt, and Hans Olson. In addition, since 1999, Danny has hosted the phenomenally successfully Blues Summit on December 26th featuring Bob Blasi, Troy Perkins, and various guest artists.

Danny just released his first acoustic CD – Cairo to Cottonwood. The CD has been receiving rave reviews and critical acclaim. Danny was recently named Blues Musician of the Year by the Verde Valley’s Kudos Magazine and has been nominated for the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.


Home Cookin'
Welcome to the Night
Cairo to Cottonwood

The first 2 CD's were recorded with a band (the Messengers), the third CD is an acoustic project. You can check out tracks from all CD's on www.dannyrhodes.com.

Set List

Mostly originals, with some covers including songs by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightning Hopkins, Stevie Wonder, BB King, and others.

Sets are typically an hour to an hour and a half long