" Hi, I'm Mike Dunbar. Steve Bivins and Ernie Bivens tagged me with the name Dr.Boom Boom because I play the bass, electric and upright. I've been making music since the Doctor slapped me and I've been playing the bass since R.D. Mowery hung one on me at Springwater in Nashville Tn. around 1980. Music has been a blessing to me, I thank the Lord for it."
Mike Dunbar is the bandleader and bassist for Nashville Cowboy Church, pastored by Dr. Harry Yates and Joanne Cash Yates, the widest broadcast country/gospel radio program in the world.
Mike has played on stage with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Razzy Bailey, Townes Van Zandt, Tim McGraw, Brenda Lee, Leroy Van Dyke, Larry Gatlin, Kathy Mattea, John Prine, Doug Green (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky), Red White and Blue(grass), Cowboy Jack Clement, Bobby Bare, Hank "The Cowboy from Japan" Sasaki, Shawn Camp, Jett Williams, Kevin Max ( of dc Talk, Audio Adrenaline), Connie Smith, Steve Goodman, Billy Joe Royal, Rockin' Reggie Vinson, John Hughey, Jeannie Seeley, T.G. Sheppard, George Hamilton IV, Tommy Cash, Bruce Channel, Ron Bumblefoot Thal (guitarist with Guns 'n Roses), Mark Chesnutt, Leona Williams, Jimmy Fortune, Merle Kilgore, Donna Chapel, Roni Stoneman, Donna Stoneman, Rhonda Vincent, David Frizzell, Barbara Fairchild, Jo Dee Messina, Rosie Flores, Rex Allen Jr., Vassar Clements, Buddy Spicher, W. S. Holland, Charlie Louvin, Big Jim Murphy, Hal Rugg, Ron Williams, Lynn Owsley, Leon Rhodes, T. Graham Brown, Tony Booth, Ferlin Husky, Jethro Burns, Chad Brock, Otis Blackwell, Mandy Barnett, Darryl Syngletary, Tammy Cochran, Bob Gibson, Big Al and the Heavyweights, Narvel Felts, Patsy Montana, Charlie Mc Coy, Jim Ed Brown, Jack Greene, and Donna Fargo, among many others.
He has recorded with Razzy Bailey, Delbert McClinton, Townes Van Zandt, Hal Ketchum, Kathy Mattea, Joanne Cash, Richard Bailey of the Steeldrivers, Tommy Overstreet, Bernadette, Doug Dillard, Hank "The Cowboy From Japan" Sasaki, Charlie Cushman (of the Earls of Leicester), Jerry Foster, Ferrell Stowe, Rob Ickes, Jeff Taylor of the Time Jumpers, Maura O'Connell, Florina Kollegger, Dobie Grey, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Albert Lee, Ray Flacke, Doug Jernigan, Greg Blake, Laurie Carter, Willie Rainsford, Stephanie Davis, Eddie Bayers Jr., David Briggs, Leo Jackson, Bobby G. Rice, Richard Bennett, Joe Sun, Jethro Burns, Chris Leuzinger, Brent Mason, Dave Leatherman and Stone County, Marcy Salyer, Freddie Hart, Joe Spivey, Ray Tate, L.E. White, Lola Jean Dillon, Larry Knechtel (of the Wrecking Crew), Bob Frank, Will Griffin, members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and members of the North Mississippi All Stars.
Mike Dunbar has produced albums for Joe Sun, Joanne Lurgio, Terri Lynn, Dakota, Mending Fences, Charlene Harrison, Richard Dobson, Lesley Schatz, Michael Bohe, Robert Thames, Vondelle Hebert, Harriet Ames, Jesse Duckett, Funny Hill, the Chickahominy Band, Margie Cumbie, Vince Farsetta, Rick Wilkins, Gordon Mahlon, Ernst Eggenberger, Richard Rankin, Redhead, and for several others as well as himself.
Mike was one of the writers for the St. Jude Challenge song "I'm Not Gonna Lose This Fight." Mike played guitars and keyboards on the recording as well. For more information and an opportunity to take part in the challenge, click here:
Numerous TV and Radio appearances including Nashville Cowboy Church, PBS' Song of the Mountains, WSM's Midight Jamboree, RFD TV's Cumberland Highlanders, WFMT Chicago's Midnight Special, Beaver FM Kentucky's Little River Days and many more.
He is currently on the board of the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians (USAGEM)
Mike's played on thousands of demos.
He has had songs recorded by Razzy Bailey, Big Al and the Heavyweights, Susie Luchsinger, Michael Bohe, CJ Chanier and others. Some of his songs have been used for the Food Channel show Emeril Live, the state of Virginia Wineries, and the City of Chicago used Mike's song "Christmas in Chicago" for the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Daley Center.
Mike has done several DOD tours, playing for our military including a six week stay in Greenland playing for the U.S.Air Force.
He's toured Europe several times.
Mike Dunbar has been bandleader on many radio programs, including several broadcasts of WSM Radio's "Midnite Jamboree ."
He played the part of Hank Jr's guitar player in the movie "Living Proof"
Mike was a comedy writer and regular character on the WSMV-TV Nashville variety show "the Chili Shack."
He composed, arranged, and scored the 1986 Holiday Inn owner's and employees show.
He's been a visiting professor of music at Portland State University and Oakton Community College.
Mike Dunbar was faculty co-chairman, instructor, and choir director at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.
He wrote a monthly column for Country Music Plus, Ireland's only country music magazine.
He has hosted several writer's nights in the Nashville area.
He owns and operate Mike Dunbar Productions and his studio, the Dunbar ManCave.
Mike highly recommends Just Plain Folks, the music networking site. You can reach them at www.JPfolks.com