“The bass world has lost a giant”: Dave Roe, the all-rounder who played with Johnny Cash, has died aged 71

Dave Roe
(Image credit: Dave Roe)

Dave Roe, one of the most sought-after bass players in the country music industry, has died aged 71. Roe passed away at his home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The news was confirmed in a heartfelt post shared on Facebook by John Carter Cash.

“The master who made the dream a reality has had his time here on this earth,” read the statement. “We will have numerous recordings of his wondrous bass playing to keep us company, but I for one will miss the man.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.