10.12.17 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BSO Presents Golden State-Lonestar REVUE
The Golden State/Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California — Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist, bandleader and Grammy nominee), RW Grigsby (bassist) — and Texans Anson Funderburgh (guitarist and Rockets bandleader) and Wes Starr (famed Austin drummer who has played with a who’s who of Texas music royalty).
Hummel’s Blues Award nominated release; “The Hustle Is Really On”, features the GS/LS Revue, which has just completed a new recording for 2016 release. Besides producing and playing on Blind Pig’s “Remembering Little Walter” with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Little Charlie Baty, Nathan James, June Core & RW Grigsby, the CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and has recently won Best Blues Album & Best Traditional Blues Album of the year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.
Hummel’s latest CD on ElectroFi “The Hustle Is Really On” just placed #2 on Living Blues Radio and features the Golden State/Lone Star project.
“When this trio of pilots took it for a spin, it soared and rocked, powered by electricity and an elite crew who make flying the blues-friendly skies a reality, not a catchphrase.” Grant Britt – BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE
“On the “Hustle Is Really On”, Hummel and his co-conspirators invoke the spirit of these greats with plenty of verve and chops to spare.” Michael Cote – BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE
“Mark Hummel came of age in the early 70s, at the height of rock and roll,like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn’t stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he’s a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience.” – THE NEW YORKER
ANSON FUNDERBURGH – Born in 1954, Anson Funderburgh hails from Plano, Texas, where the youngster first picked up guitar. In high school, he got bit by the blues bug through Jimmy Reed and Lightning Hopkins. By 1978, he started Anson & The Rockets with vocalist/harp player Darrell Nulisch, and the group was signed by Black Top Records a couple years later. In 1986, Nulisch was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed until his death in 2006. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy’s.
Funderburgh has played with Delbert McClinton (and joins his Sandy Beaches Cruise every year), Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King and Jimmy Buffett. Funderburgh is also the inspiration for Beavis (Beavis & Butthead); former bassist and creator of the characters, Mike Judge, worked as a Rocket for three years.
Mike Keller grew up in a musical family, his parents were musicians and his father played jazz, soul and rock in local bands around the Fargo area. Growing up he was influenced by Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and through them learned about the masters of the blues. Some of Mike’s influences include Kenny Burrell, Freddie, Albert and B.B. King, Otis Rush and Jimmy Reed and later the slide techniques of Elmore James, Earl Hooker and Robert Nighthawk. These influences are apparent in his guitar playing which is pretty amazing!
After getting an offer to play with Double Trouble (and becoming the first guitaist since Stevie Ray Vaughn), he moved back to Texas. “I did the Double Trouble gig for about two and half years, then played with Doyle Bramhall for four years, Marcia Ball for a year and a half, and then got the call to join the Fabulous Thunderbirds.” WES STARR
Rounding out the GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR Revue are RW GRIGSBY on bass & famed Texas drummer WES STARR (Anson And The Rockets. Between these two old Rome, GA cronies, they’ve played with a who’s who of famed musicians – Omar & the Howlers, Jr. Brown, Jimmy Vaughn, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton & many more!