An instructor at a school for guitarists in Texas was laid off Wednesday after the company that hired him and his wife decided they couldn’t support their two young children and moved him to a temporary gig in a motel, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The owner of a music academy and school in the Dallas area, the Bass Institute, confirmed to the Chronicle that instructor Mike Phelan had been laid off.
“We are extremely disappointed in Mike Phemmer and his family.
The Bass Institute has been extremely supportive of our students, our staff, and our community,” the institute said in a statement.
“We deeply regret the loss of our employee and the students who rely on his talents and experience.”
Phelan said he had been working in the field for about eight years.
He has taught for six years at a music school in Louisiana and three at the Bass Academy in Texas.
He was the president of the Dallas-based band The Black Keys.
Phelans son, Ryan, was in high school when he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Ryan and his parents are working on a new career.
Ryan Phelans band The Bayside Boys, from Houston, has toured the country with singer-guitarist/songwriter Brandon Flowers.
The band had an appearance at Coachella earlier this year.
Ryan’s mother, Tricia Phela, told the Houston Post her son had been performing for more than 20 years, but that he had no idea how much work he was going to be putting into his life for the next decade.
“It’s just really sad to see a family go through what they’ve been through,” Tricia said.
“It’s a shame.
He is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life.
I’m sure he’ll be happy.
But I know the pain is going to keep him going for a long time.”
A spokesperson for Bass Institute said the family would continue to support Ryan’s career and that the company had no further comment.
Ryan has two younger children who are also musicians, and Tricia and his husband, David, live in Dallas.