Woody Lingle

Woody has played and,or recorded with a multitude of artists throughout his career, including Gary Puckett, Steve Wariner, EmmyLou Harris, Chet Atkins, Margaret Becker, Charlie Peacock, Susan Ashton, Bill Anderson, Ricky Ban Shelton, Richie Cole, Bruce Forman, NTSU One O’clock Lab Band, Out of the Grey, Phil Keaggy, Larry Carlton, Lee Roy Parnell, Ty Herndon, Deborah Allen, Donna Theodore, Liberace, Leslie Mills and Minnie Murphy.

As a Nashville musician he played many studio sessions, as well as continuing his love for live Jazz. He wrote for TV’s “A Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns”, and played on Steve Wariner’s 1998 CMA Song of the Year, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven”. He is currently on the road with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap as Gary’s MD, bassist and vocalist, and is also the Music Director for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cordova, SC. Whether he’s performing, producing, conducting or writing, Woody is equally at home in the Pop, Country, Rock, Latin or Jazz worlds, and he continues to infuse every situation with his love of music and lifting everyone to a higher musical experience!

Chris Raper

Chris began his musical adventure at the age of 8 playing clarinet through school until he found the instrument that would be his soulmate until this current date the bass guitar.

At 15 years old he began taking lessons from guitar great Joe Settlemires at his music school in Del City, OK. Cutting his teeth quickly on blues, jazz and country, he also studied multiple genres of music such as Funk, R&B, Classical, and Heavy Metal, even Rap.  His versatility allowed him to garnish an impressive career in the local scene as well as on the road, touring honky tonks and dancehalls around the country.

     A versatile and unique bassist, Chris can lay down a groove to the hardest funk, or lay back on a country ballad with the best of them. Rhythm to solo work, also singing lead vocals and back up harmonies, he has the ability to enhance any groups marketability in any musical situation.

Chris (AKA-Farty McSparkles) is ready to bring THE BEST in country music entertainment to you. Live and ready to Rock your Country, it’s time for YOU, to  PARTY WITH FARTY

Wayne Nelson

For decades Wayne Nelson has been recognized as one of the music industry’s most respected bass player/singer/songwriters. He performed in various Chicago area groups in the late 60’s and early 70’s, eventually moving to LA in 1978. With Loggins/Messina fading in the rear view mirror, Messina set about forming the Jim Messina Band enlisting Wayne to play bass and share in the role of lead vocalist.

The group toured alongside Little River Band the following year and, as fate would have it, Wayne’s vocal prowess and superb musicianship led to LRB’s manager asking him to join their group for their upcoming tour of Australia, Europe, and America.

40 years later Wayne Nelson remains as a key member of Little River Band, contributing songs, singing lead and fronting the group on bass.

“For more than 50 years I’ve searched for strings that didn’t need to “break in” before they started to sound good. Well, I found them ! MJC strings are awesome straight out of the can. Warm AND punchy. Give ‘em a go……you’ll be happy you did”.

Sammy Sanchez

Sammy Sanchez – guitar tech to the stars, luthier & musician… just a partial client list: Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne, George Benson,  Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor…

“By far the best strings I’ve ever encountered… I now string all my guitars with nothing but MJC Ironworks.”

Dana Thalmann

Dana is a Singer / Songwriter from the S.F. Bay Area who loves to write as much as perform live. Her influences include James Taylor , Miranda Lambert , Elton John and many others. Dana’s biggest inspiration when writing original music comes from her three children J.T. , Tatum and Deuce. To Dana , Music is a huge part of life – and if you find yourself in the Bay Area you can catch her live with the band ” Smokehouse” .

Jeff Moles

Jeff plays electric and upright bass in the South Bay Area — blues, rock, pop, R&B, and a bit of jazz.
From the Chicago area, Jeff is a veteran of diverse working Chicago-area bands including Hit List Rock & Soul Revue (corporate band), The Grips (classic rock), and Altered Rhythm Society (groove-jazz originals).

In 2013, Jeff moved to the Bay Area where he got involved in the jam scene playing everything from Chicago blues to southern rock to disco hits. Through these jam sessions, Jeff met musicians who found him to be a reliable, versatile sub for gigs, most recently with blues artist Max Cabello Jr. Jeff currently plays regularly with Jill Dineen & the Chiltones and the Chris Patton Group.

He has in the past held the bass role in local working bands Knee Deep (blue-eyed rock & soul), Cadillac Jack (Classic R&B, blues, rock & pop), and Lea and Co (jazz standards).

Nacho Riveros

Venezuelan-born bass player Nacho Riveros has mastered the low frequency spectrum and established himself as a top tier hired gun within his local latin music circuit which has allowed him to gig around Latin America and the US, being one of his highlights his performance at the 2016 Latin Grammy Award ceremony in Las Vegas with then nominee and 2-time winner, pop artist Manuel Medrano, whose band he has been an integral part of since its inception in 2011.

He began his conservatory studies in double-bass in 1987 and then moved on to graduate in Music Education some years later. In 1997 he commenced his studies in electric bass at The Players School of Music in Clear Water, FL under the guidance of bassist extraordinaire Jeff Berlin.

He relocated to Colombia in 2000 where he continuously worked with various artists during the following years. In 2007 he began teaching at Berklee’s Global Partner EMMAT, and since 2017 has been a speaker at Berklee Latino Conferences. It is there that he became associated with 4-time Grammy award-winning Oscar Stagnaro with whom he plays in the “Bass en vivo” project. He’s also been responsible for directing and producing more than 50 music projects with EQ Music and YOP, as well as A&R with the latter. He currently tours with the aforementioned Manuel Medrano as well as with various upcoming latin artists such as Majo Gutierrez and David Monsalve.

Nacho lives a quiet life with his family in Bogotá where he dedicates most of his free time to his infant son and his wife.

Barry Warsaw

Barry Warsaw has been playing bass for over 40 years. Before moving to California, he was a long-time member of two popular Mid-Atlantic bands, Cravin’ Dogs and The U-Liners. He’s shared stages with many artists, most notably Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Boots Reilly, and John Kadlecik. An active studio musician, Barry has recorded with songwriters as diverse as Jay Britton, Mary Shaver, Ann Blair, David Alberding, Jeff Jacobson, Mark Miller, Freddy McConnell, and Venus Rising. In 2017, Barry released an album called “Shade and Light”, available on Soundcloud. Now in California, Barry continues to write and record in his home studio, is active in the Bay Area jam community, and loves playing with Smokehouse

Julian Marshall

Our youngest MJC artist, multi-instrumentalist Julian Marshall has been rocking since not long after he entered the world.

Seen here sporting his Cort Slammer bass with a 4-string set of MJC NPS strings, his influences include The Beatles, The Wiggles, Mama, Dada, his big brother Amadeus, naps and cheese.

Adam Ezra

It’s difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin’ essence of the Adam Ezra Group into a single word, but frontman Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: community. Community is epitomized by a belief that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world.

A tireless touring outfit, the Adam Ezra Group is constantly on the road, often devoting their time to local charities and always going out of their way to connect with fans. They are creating a powerful, inclusive community around AEG shows that is beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional music fan-base.

It’s this dedication to fans that inspired the annual “Get Folked Concert Tour” in which Ezra ventures solo/acoustic to the homes of at least 40 fans in as many days and almost as many states to play house concerts and small venues throughout January and February. These up-close and personal shows have become a staple for the Adam Ezra community, and have helped spread the music around the country.

Ezra started his own non-profit organization called RallySound to better support fans and activists dedicated to making the world a better place. The proceeds from the video for the single “Let Your Hair Down” are being donated toward micro-grants for cancer patients struggling to make ends meet while in treatment. The Adam Ezra Group hosts a free festival each year called The Ramble. Last year over 3,000 people came out and together they raised enough money to help 25 veteran heroes off the streets and into safe and dignified housing.

Adam’s grassroots efforts recently caught the eye of John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame. For the past few years, Ezra and Oates have been regular writing partners, meeting up in Nashville between tours. Oates also recently had Adam join him on a solo tour throughout the east coast and Midwest. In addition, Adam has also recently shared the stage as a solo act in front of Train, Melissa Etheridge, ZZ Top, Graham Parker, Southside Johnny, America, and many more.