Chuck Rainey

Without any argument, he is the most recorded bass player in the history of recorded music and is the most imitated by bass players as a whole.

During the period 1963 thru 1971, Chuck toured and/or recorded with some of the most prominent artist of that era. They include King Curtis, Sam Cooke, Etta James, The original Coasters, Jackie Wilson, Harry Bellefonte, Al Kooper, The Supremes, Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and Quincy Jones. Of special note; As a member of ‘The King Curtis All Stars’, the second Beatle Tour of the US took him to Los Angeles where he made a commitment to return as soon as the Universe saw fit.

Moving in 1972 from New York to Los Angeles as a member of Quincy Jones big band, his career as a studio musician continued to grow. Additionally, his unique style brought him opportunities in the television and film industries where he can be heard performing on musical themes and in the source music of numerous motion pictures, television series and sitcoms, along with radio and TV advertisements. he also has composer, arranger and production credits in his career.

Thanks in part to a brilliant conceptual nature of his musicianship, he made important contributions to the success of pop, rock, jazz fusion and rhythm & blues during the 60s’, 70’s and 80’s. As the 21st century begins, Chuck Rainey is still very much in his conceptual playing ability and performance throughout the worlds music community.

Chuck uses MJC strings for all of his roundwound basses, and we’re proud to have him here.

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.