Eric Lindell performs music that is as at home on your front porch on a summer evening as it is in a hot sweaty club on a Saturday night. It is southern soul music, infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk. It is blues music, glazed with a taste of country. It is simple, heartfelt song writing; melodic guitar solos and an energized live performance.
Presently his band’s rhythm section is comprised of Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums, which have been with Eric for over three years, making their live performances incredibly tight and intuitive. Both players are young, but have a swing feel of much more seasoned musicians.
Eric has been recording and performing his brand of Americana music for
over 20 years. As NOLA’s WWOZ DJ Black Mold has said, "You can tell within
the first few seconds of a Lindell tune who it is...which many artists spend a
lifetime trying to achieve.” Over the past few years, Lindell has been touring
off and on with Funderburgh, one the most respected blues guitarists alive,
known for his work with his own band, The Rockets. The result is pure,
honest American roots music at its finest.
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