Eric Lindell: Lindell grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began playing in bands at the age of 15. Among his early musical influences were Fishbone and Black Flag. Lindell started playing in Northern California bars, first with the guitar, and later moving to bass, while working as a baker during the day to make ends meet. After a few years he had decided to move to New York City briefly, then moved in 1999 to New Orleans, where his creativity was able to flourish further. In New Orleans he often played with well-known drummers Johnny Vidacovich and Harold Ray Brown (formerly of War) as well as Galactic's Stanton Moore and Ivan Neville (who appears on West County Drifter). By 2005, he was well known on the New Orleans music scene, having appeared in local clubs and at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and had gained enough attention to have Alligator Records sign him. Alligator released three recordings by Eric Lindell from 2006-2009. Eric’s music has been featured on Boston Legal TV show as well as the TV shows True Blood and Friday Night Lights. Eric typically performs over 100 live performances a year. He has made recent trips to perform in Europe and made his first Australian appearance in 2007. He made his network television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in February 2008. Eric’s first release for M.C. Records," West County Drifter" is chock full of all the elements that has made Eric a Roots Music star since his 2006 Alligator Records debut: great original songs, soulful guitar playing, right on singing and a tough and tight band. Sessions for this generous 18 track double disc set were recorded where Eric was born and raised in Northern California and his adopted hometown of New Orleans. "West County Drifter" is a mostly original affair with choice covers. Included are two by Curtis Mayfield, “Find Another Girl” and “It’s So Hard To Believe.” Eric’s creativity and independent spirit is at the heart of his music and live performances. Soulful, rootsy, eclectic and inspired are some of the words that have been used to describe Eric Lindell and his music. Whether you catch Eric Lindell on disc or performing live, you’ll understand why in a few short years he’s one of the rising stars in Roots Rock.
Mike Annuzzi: Mike Annuzzi (Pop/Acoustic/Blues) is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has built a grassroots following as an independent artist in California. His music has been featured on radio around the state. Mike has performed events with artists including Colbie Caillat, Edwin McCain, Tyrone Wells, Jackie Greene, Trevor Hall, Jay Nash, Ernie Halter, Curtis Peoples and many more. Mike has not only established himself as a performer, he has worked hard to build a solid reputation as a songwriter. Mike was recently honored with WCS San Francisco's Song of the Year. For more information, please visit www.mikeannuzzi.com.
Anson Funderburgh: Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets, have earned the reputation as one of the most outstanding blues ensembles touring today. There is no question that when you speak of American blues music Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets are at the top of the list.
Despite a lengthy hiatus from touring Anson’s current configuration of the Rockets is comprised of his long stand band members Gentleman John Street on keys, Wes Starr on drums, John Bradley on bass and the latest Rocket, Greg Izor on vocals and harp.
Anson Funderburgh, a native of Texas, has spent the majority of his adult life playing the blues, with influences from blues legends such as Freddie King, Albert Collins, Jimmy Reed and Bill Doggett. Anson has earned the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl. Over the years, these musicians have called on Anson to lend his tremendous guitar talents to their projects.
Funderburgh recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on their Butt Rockin' album, and went solo in 1981, when the New Orleans-based BlackTop label released Talk to You by Hand, the label's first release. Funderburgh added Myers on harmonica and lead vocals in 1986. Myers had traveled for years on the chitlin circuit, where he had the chance to accompany people like Elmore James and Robert Junior Lockwood. Funderburgh admits that adding Myers on vocals and harmonica was a turning point for the Rockets, partly because of the image they project from the stage, a big towering black man and three white guys backing him up. Funderburgh continued his association in the '90s with Black Top releasing Tell Me What I Want to Hear (1991), Live at Grand Emporium (1995), and That's What They Want (1997). After releasing nine albums on Black Top, in 1999 Funderburgh changed record labels with the release of Change in my Pocket for Bullseye Blues, a cd which won several W.C. Handy Awards.
Since the passing of long time musical partner Sam Myers, Anson has concentrated on raising a family, working very local gigs and performing at a smattering of festivals around the world. Now Anson has caught a renewed dose of the performing bug and will begin to perform more regularly with the distinct possibility of regular tours in the coming years.
What the press has said:
"Funderburgh's lightning licks are searing, right on target and virtually egoless a rarity in these days of guitar heroes who live for their pyrotechnic-packed solo." --The Cleveland Scene
“Funderburgh remains a musician’s musician. He’ll explode into a fiery and melodic solo, and then seamlessly recede into a song at just the right moment to propel the rhythm...he makes sure the songs both breathe and burn...a band that truly understands the essence of the genre.” - Blues Revue
"None of the younger crop of blues guitarist come close as Anson does to achieving the classic Stratocaster tone defined by Otis Rush in the '50's and Magic Sam in the '60's. The Rockets have landed and Anson is at the bridge." --Guitar Player
"Funderburgh & The Rockets continue to manipulate classic blues styling better than most, delicately balancing reverence with passion and creativity with economic burst of power. But what really clears the table... is Funderburgh's inimitable guitar finesse." – Illinois Entertainer