|Orville J. Rhodes was born on December 30, 1930, in East Alston, Illinois and began playing guitar when he was five.
In 1960, Red moved to Los Angeles, California. After some session work, he signed with Crown Records and released albums credited to "Red Rhodes and the Road Runners".
In the late 1960s, Red played on sessions for dozens of artists including Michael Nesmith, James Taylor, The Carpenters, Carole King, and Harry Nilsson.
From the late 1970s until his death in 1995, Red ran a guitar store in California. Rhodes was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame on September 3, 2005.