Jonny ‘Dr Funk’ Rubin

Jonny ‘Dr Funk’ Rubin started busking on the street to make some money on the side, while playing in a band called ‘The Big Sets’ – and has grown a huge following online, since a video of him busking in Barcelona went viral.
“I have been playing bass for 15 years and absolutely love to play the slap style. My favourite bass player of all time is Marcus Miller and I hope to see myself on the big stage one day with the best musicians doing a similar sort of thing to him.”
He has 2 albums available at www.jonnyrubin.com.

Philip Price

A native of Aliquippa, PA, Philip Price began his musical journey under a church steeple at the age of 16. He knocked around on several instruments, but that all changed when he fell in love with the bass guitar. After honing his craft at the altar, Philip set out to create an impressive resume playing with numerous local and national artists.

In 2018, he was asked to join the Bill Henry Band, one of Pittsburgh’s premier R&B outfits. With Price puling double duty on bass guitar and synth bass, the Bill Henry Band has shared the stage with a veritable “who’s who,” of national acts promoting their debut album “Ride.”

Beni Rossman

Beni Rossman – bassist, composer, arranger, and teacher – attended Duquesne University where he studied under Sean Jones and Mike Tomaro in jazz composition, arranging, and improvisation. His tours have included stops at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the ASCAP Jazz Awards in Los Angeles. Most notably he has worked with internationally acclaimed artists such artists as David Krakauer, and Richie Cole.

In 2016, Beni started his own funk-fusion group, Starship Mantis, which released two albums over 3 years, has toured nationally and internationally, and has performed with acts such as Lettuce, Cory Henry, Ghost note, and more. Rossman has also toured with groups such as Afro Yaqui Music Collective – a contemporary big band ensemble which fuses latin, asian, african, and indigenous music into a socially conscious message.

Beni recently transplanted to L.A to invest himself in the west coast music scene.

Bobby Wooten

NYC based bassist, producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Bobby Wooten III has made the rounds. Wooten III has performed and/or recorded with David Byrne, Jennifer Lopez, Mac Miller, Jennifer Hudson, Rick Ross, among many others. He is has performed in several Broadway productions such as Wicked, The Color Purple, Lion King, Motown. He also has written and produced commercial work for the television show EMPIRE on FOX, and companies such as Nike, Adidas, Google, and KITH.

“I’ve got a P-Bass. There’s this new company that I’m using for strings, MJC Ironworks. I’ve got steel strings on there. They last ages and I love their character, the way they feel and the brightness that they add.”

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,  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” .