While my real name is Michael James Rhoden, In all my years hardly a soul has spelled my last name right so, Remember I Rhode 'n to town to play your concert.The Rhodens go back to Norway, they sailed with Eric the Red ( Eric din Rodin) and later arrived in Normandy Then came to England in 1066 with William the Conqueror and settled in Lincolnshire as Lords and Ladies as were my mothers side. In Germany around 1000ad King Rhoden of Rhodenstadt ruled along with the princes and his castle still stands, I think we came from Switzerland, well Zurich as the Rhodens (Ruden) were the treasurers from 1100-1200ad. Our family is full of CPA's. I have an accounting degree and MBA's, but music is my thing. My Pop/Rock personna is Alabaster Radio and the Fusion/Classical is Elektric Warrior. I grew up on Hendrix studying over 30 legit and bootleg albums. Then I found Chick Corea's Return to Forever group in 1973. I was 19 and it was a little over my head, but I could play Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy and a few more pretty cleanly. Then, I did not know what a diminished scale was until 1975. My life has taken strange paths having had offers but my health at one time was not what I needed for the road. Early came hearing Miles (Bitches Brew), John McLaughlin and seven semesters of Studio Music & Jazz education at the University of Miami, Fl., undergradute, and an MBA in the Entertainment Industry 2000 and now a BA in guitar in 2009.
I have played with some notables including Rob Chiarelli-engineer/mix artist (Madonna, Will Smith MIB's, Leanne Rymes, Janet Jackson, Coolio, Boys to Men, Ray Charles and many more) google him, and Dag Kolsrud of Norway's AHA (google him). Dag was talented enough to play with the Dregs. Also, Graham Hawthorne-Blood Sweat & Tears in the '80's played on a session. He now plays drums with Paul Simon and Clapton.
In 1981 I was offered an artist management contract by the manager of The Who but UM offered me a scholarship, Howie Zandman said I could always call, but the Producers ran him out of the crazy music business. I paled around with John Curtis for a summer, who put Steve Morse and the Dregs on the world stage. Funny stories about our meeting and more.