doug johns

doug johns


Extreme funk bass is the best way to describe the 'two-man-trio' of Doug Johns on bass and Chris Ceja on drums."You're not going to believe this" is most people's reaction when they see Doug Johns playing live. Doug believes in truth and soul, and his music speaks it.


Cleveland-based musician Doug Johns has more than 25 years of bass experience. Performing on local, national, and international stages, Doug has had the opportunity to play with many great talents, developing and furthering his own playing style and technique. Going on the road at a very young age, he honed his groove on stage with many soul, funk, blues and jazz bands, realizing they were all connected by the rhythm of the soul.

Doug’s raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess can be heard on numerous recordings and stages. Believing that a good musician surrounds himself with great musicians, Doug has had the privilege of working with such greats as Victor Wooten, Buddy Miles, Dweezil Zappa, Dana Rasch, the LA Mass Choir, Grammy-winning producer Aaron Lindsey, Steve Smith, and many others. The culmination of these musical experiences has led to the 2006 release of Doug Johns’ self-titled, debut CD.

Currently, Doug is back in the studio, recording his second CD, to be released in 2008. Doug can also be seen on national stages with his two-man project, The Doug Johns Duo, featuring drummer Chris Ceja. In addition to numerous club, clinic and festival bookings, look for Doug and Chris at the 2007 BassQuake, Bass Player Live, and the 2008 BassBash.

Doug Johns is a great talent, a professional studio musician, and an undeniable stage presence; however, he would rather you think of him simply as a hard working, loyal, and well-rounded person. When he’s not playing music, Doug finds time to design and fabricate professional drag race cars. He can also be found hiking the primitive backcountry of Utah’s canyonlands. In any arena, he’s a man worth meeting.

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Dougs current solo cd can be heard streaming on live 365 on 'Fusion Groovin', as well as Randy Aller's 'The Fusion Show' in Cleveland, Ohio.

Set List

Doug Johns is currently playing 'concert' shows, going anywhere from 1 to 1-1/2 hours long. Times can vary depending on if he's headlining or 'opening-up' the stage.
Tunes: Gig Shirt, Indian Summer, Stairway To Heaven, Manic Impressions, Namm Chump, The Chicken, The Claw/Medley, Bass in Your Face