Christopher Joseph Ward, better known as CJ Ramone, is an american musician best known as the bassist for the punk rock group The Ramones from 1989 to 1996.

A 23-year-old CJ replaced Dee Dee Ramone as the bass thumping heart and soul of the Ramones, never letting Dee Dee’s 1-2-3-4 energy flag for a moment and bringing never-say-die enthusiasm to the band when it needed it most. CJ was with The Ramones (and post Ramones band The Ramainz featuring Dee Dee and Marky) for a decade and played on the band’s final three studio albums, Mondo Bizarro, Acid Eaters and Adios Amigos

He released his first solo album in 2012 and signed to legendary West Coast punk label Fat Wreck Chords in 2013. His first two albums for the label, Last Chance To Dance and American Beauty, included backing from members of the Adolescents and Social Distortion. His recently released third Fat album, The Holy Spell, includes a heartfelt tribute to his late friend and collaborator, Adolescents founder Steve Soto. 

Listen back here to CJ Ramone's Studio 5 Live session. Proudly brought to you by Mountain Goat.