Mike Stockton Photo  Mike Stockton………Known for many years as a top sideman Bass player on the Blues and R&B circuit and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the "most solid New Orleans-style bassists around", Mike Stockton has come forward with a sound all his own. A tasty blend of R&B, blue - eyed soul, and raw blues. Stockton’s many live, studio, and television performances include MTV, VH1, award winning movie soundtracks, Austin City Limits, as well as many recordings and CD projects during his many years touring with Delbert McClinton, Greg Allman, Jimmy Page, Katy Webster (Otis Redding’s pianist), Clarence Bon Ton Garlow, ZZ Hill, Mason Ruffner, Doyle Bramhall, Memphis Slim, and many others. After starting the Rhythmators in 1994, Stockton put out two highly acclaimed CDs of all original music
 on Texas label Diamond D Records. “It’s My Soul”, produced by Stockton and “Love Jones”, produced by the late Steve Mendell, known most for working with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Austin City Limits. Not content to rest on his laurels, Stockton continues to write new music and improving on what has been called "easily one of the best bands to come from Texas in a long time." The Rhythmators have an all new lineup including Michael J. Dohoney, Lewis Stephens, and Danny Hubbard and a brand new CD called “Beyond the Blues”, again, all original songs.

 

 

Danny Hubbard is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He began studying guitar under the tutelage of former Light Crust Doughboy, Kenneth Pitts, at age 11. In just a few years, he performed professionally with the local jazz group, Night Works, as well as Brent Van Sickel and Steve Ivey.

He was awarded scholarships to Texas Tech and the University of Texas at Arlington. During this period, Danny began playing guitar and bass with a number of local bands including Selinza Mitchell and The Larch, The Radio Kings, Soul Kitchen, The Sidemen, Buddy Whittington, Crawfish, Rodney Bowens, Robert Ealey and Dennis Cavalier

His blossoming career includes recording sessions for Ann-Margret, Englebert Humperdinck on the Grammy nominated "Always Hear the Harmony", Ron Chapman, Johnny Rodriguez, Sammi Smith, and Jewel Akens. He has worked as a sideman for such artists as Rich Little, Steve Holy, The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, and The Marvelettes.

Danny has shared the stage with The Little River Band, Neal McCoy, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Gladys Knight, Robert Earl Keen, Diamond Rio, Joe Louis Walker, The Meters and   Doyle Bramhall. Now an accomplished guitar player and vocalist, he is the newest member of The Rhythmators and brings a diverse approach to his part in the group.  

  

 

Michael J Dohoney is a long time sideman to artists Delbert McClinton, Anson Funderburgh, Gary Nicholson, Denny Freeman & Glen Clark, among others.  A native Texan, he returned from Los Angeles where he established himself with appearances on radio, TV and film, as well as numerous studio and live performances.  He has played and sung with an impressive list of artists including Roy Buchanan, Cornell Dupree, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, Steve Miller and Paul McCartney.  On screen performances include TV shows "The Two of Us" and "General Hospital" and feature films "Swing Shift", "Iron Eagles" and "The Wedding Singer".   He is an in demand artist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and a regular on the local scene.  A veteran Texas drummer and commanding vocalist, he pours his heart and soul into each performance.

 

 

Lewis Stephens Keyboardist Lewis Stephens has played the blues with Freddie King, Texas roadhouse with Delbert McClinton, bluegrass with Vassar Clements, and country with Bobby Bare, but he owes his career to Van Cliburn and a dedicated mother.

Stephens began piano lessons at age five, one of countless Texas kids enrolled in piano lessons by their moms after Van Cliburn’s victory in the 1958 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. He would spend the next 10 years training with the best classical piano teachers in his hometown of Fort Worth.

Lewis played with Freddie King from 1973-1976 and then with Delbert McClinton for two years.  In the late 70’s he moved to Nashville where he played and recorded with Vassar Clements and Bobby Bare.  He also spent time touring with Tracy Nelson and Marshall Chapman during a three year stay in music city before returning to Texas.

In the mid-90s, an invitation to attend one of Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruises revived his music career. Stephens has since performed and/or recorded with Stephen Bruton, Billy White Jr., Seth James, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, Wanda King (Freddie's daughter), Marc Benno, Rob Roy Parnell, Anson Funderburgh, Danny Brooks, Mike Schermer, Gary Nicholson/Whitey Johnson, Mingo Fishtrap, Teresa James, Dave Millsap, and more recently Danny Brooks, The Texas Blues Runners, The Rhythmators and Mike Zito and The Wheel. His fondest memories are of playing with friends who have passed on, including Stephen Bruton, Doyle Bramhall Sr. and Bugs Henderson, all fellow Texans who have “left an indelible mark on American music,” says Stephens.

Lewis Stephens has been, as Delbert once said, “the back bone” of many bands and recording sessions.  He has always tried to honor the song and the musical genre in both his live performances and recording work. Stephens remains a grateful, hardworking family man, always professional and prepared, whether stepping on stage or into the recording studio.  He plans to keep playing as long as he lives and to enjoy every minute of it.