The Original Stone City Band
The Original Stone City Band is back and ready to "Fire Up The Funk." For more than 3 decades this legendary band provided the sounds heard on recordings by Rick James, Teena Marie, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Mary Jane Girls, MC Hammer, and Eddie Murphy just to name a few. Their sound can be heard on countless recording and samplings, by many of today's Hip Hop artists. On any given day, you will hear a commercial on radio/TV or see a Television show or a Movie and hear that distinctive Signature sound of Rick James' Original Stone City Band with its pulsating Bass lines and irresistible rhythms.
Formed in 1978 by the late Funk legend himself, Rick James and dubbed "The Stone City Band." serving as his recording and touring band from 1979 to early 1990. They were responsible for cranking out such timeless hit's like, "FIRE & DESIRE," "GIVE IT TO ME BABY," "YOU & I," "GHETTO LIFE," "MARY JANE," "EBONY EYES" "ALL NIGHT LONG," and "SUPER FREAK,"to name a few, and received many Gold and Platinum albums for their work. After leaving Rick, the band toured with Bobby Brown and later became New Edition's back-up band on their major groundbreaking "HEARTBREAK TOUR" in the mid 90's.
The Stone City Band has performed live in venues abroad and in the USA. They also released three albums on the Motown label, entitled, "Meet the Stone City Band," "In N Out," and "The Boys are Back". They have also appeared on numerous television shows such as Saturday Nite Live, The Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Dick Clark's New Years Rockin Eve Show, Soul Train, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall and many more.
THE BAD BOYS OF FUNK ARE BACK!! Rick James’ Original Stone City Band is presently in the studio recording a new album and rehearsing their show for 2013 to coincide with a major tour to celebrate the Life, Legacy and Music of their leader, mentor, and brother Rick James. This highly anticipated Funk extravaganza will include their sisters, The MJG’s Formerly The Mary Jane Girls featuring Maxi B and Cheri Wells. The band includes original members Lanise Hughes (drums), Billy Nunn (keyboards/vocals), Nate “Guido” Hughes, (percussions/vocals) and Tom McDermott (lead guitar). Joining the band and hailing from Detroit, MI is Jimmy Ali (bass guitar), and from Youngstown, OH comes the incredible vocals stylings of Randall “R2” Bostick (lead vocals/bass guitar). Be On The Lookout!!! The Original Stone City Band is back and ready to “Fire up the Funk”!