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: A rising star of American music is now touring with one of its established legends. Eric Lindell has lured the renowned blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh back on the road. The pair is ably backed by Lindell’s band, Myles Weeks on upright bass, Will McMains on drums, and saxophonists Brad Walker and Chris Fitzgerald.
“A good song and a good vocalist is how good music is made, and Eric Lindell is one of the best at it,” Funderburgh says simply.
Lindell adds, “Anson Funderburgh is one of our all-time greatest American guitarists. He plays with such great feel and never over-plays.”
Bob Adamek of Hot Tunes saw their August 2012 performance at the Flood City Music Festival (Johnstown, PA) and raved, “Funderburgh’s guitar added the perfect voice to Lindell’s songs... his solos were not pyrotechnical, they were careful, well thought out and melodic. They were much like the solos of Lindell himself, championing feel and musicality over flash. This was a great compliment to Lindell’s voice, which is both gritty and sweet at the same time.”
Collaboration in the recording studio is also presently in the works, but for now the only way to catch them is on the road.