The Band

The Band

Anton Fig (drums)

Having spent the last 29 years as the house drummer on Late Night with David Letterman and its successor The Late Show with David Letterman, and even longer as one of New York’s most in-demand session drummers, Anton Fig is one of America’s most widely-heard musicians.   He racked up an impressive session resume, playing on albums by Rosanne Cash, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Cyndi Lauper and Ronnie Spector. During his Letterman years, Fig recorded or performed live with such legends as James Brown, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, and B.B. King. He also played in the house band for Bob Dylan’s historic 30th Anniversary concert celebration.

Michael Rhodes (bass)

Michael Rhodes learned to play guitar with great skill before he was even thirteen years old. Rhodes would eventually switch over to bass and became a session player for a host of major musicians including Buddy Guy, Brian Wilson, Lady Antebellum, Emmylou Harris, and a whole lot more.

Reese Wynans (keyboard)

Reese Wynans was a member of the Second Coming, which, from November 1968 to Feb 1969 also included two future and founding members of The Allman Brothers Band: guitarist Dickey Betts and bassist Berry Oakley. Wynans joined Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble in 1985, playing keyboards on Soul to Soul and In Step. Since moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1992, Wynans has played keyboards for a number of country artists including Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, and Hank Williams Jr. Wynans has also played for blues artists Buddy Guy, John Mayall,Kenny Wayne Shepard, Colin James, Ana Popovic, Dudley Taft and Los Lonely Boys.

Kirk Fletcher (guitar)

Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, Kirk Fletcher has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans across the globe. He is a four-time Blues Music Award nominee and has played with a variety of popular artists, including a four-year role as lead guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He is also the frontman of his own band, having released three studio albums and a live album. A fourth studio album is currently in the works.

Lee Thorburg (trumpet)

Lee Thornburg is a trumpeter who has played with many artists, and also has been a member of Supertramp and Tower of Power. Thornburg also played with Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders in the 1970s. Additionally, Thornburg toured with Tom Petty, Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Dwight Yoakam and Clint Black. In 2009, Thornburg performed at The Royal Albert Hall in London on Joe Bonamassa’s DVD release.

Paulie Cerra (sax)

Having spent years on the road touring the world over and recording with many of the top blues and R&B acts including Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Lucky Peterson, Luther Allison, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, Billy Preston and Jimmy Johnson to name but a few, has laid the foundation for this versatile and dynamic performer. Drawing influence from a broad spectrum, Paulie Cerra’s songs weave tales of real life stories of love, heartache, pain, joy and optimism.

Ron Dziubla (sax)

As a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist (guitar and keyboards), Ron Dziubla has performed and recorded with artists such as Duane Eddy, Los Straitjackets, Ricky Martin, Raphael Saadiq, Christina Aguilera, John Fogerty, Jimmy Buffett, Jarvis Cocker, Ellie Goulding, and many more. As a session musician, you can hear Ron’s saxophone in such films as Burlesque, Thirteen, and Contact.  His television appearances include the 2007 and 2010 Latin Grammy Awards Telecast, The Oprah Show, The Ellen show, The View, and the Today Show.  Ron has also released three records of his own.

Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae, and Juanita Tippins (backing vocals)

Mahalia Barnes is an Australian singer-songwriter, the daughter of Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes. One of the most impressive female vocalists to come out of Australia, and her band The Soul Mates have teamed up with American blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa to release an album of Betty Davis covers called Ooh Yea! – The Betty Davis Songbook. Jade MacRae is an Australian R&B/Soul singer and the daughter of two professional New Zealand musicians living in the UK. Her single “So Hot Right Now” debuted in the top 20 in February 2005. Her self-titled debut album was nominated for ARIA, MTV, APRA & Urban Music Awards in 2005/2006. Her second studio album Get Me Home was released in October 2008. Juanita         Tippins Latukefu is an Australian vocalist whose performances have included backing vocals on Jimmy Barnes’ Double Happiness, on the track “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”