The Nine O'Clock Blues: Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets have produced enough great albums and smoking concerts to qualify them as Blues Royalty.
Guitarist and leader Funderburgh from Plano, Texas, has been joined by a variety of fine musicians since the band formed in 1978. My personal favorite era of the group ran from when vocalist and harmonica player Sam Myer from Laurel, Mississippi, joined in 1985 until Myer’s death in 2006, appearing on eight albums.
Sam Myer was 18 years older than Anson Funderburgh, and while Funderburgh tended towards his Texas roots, Myer was more Chicago in his influences, yet they blended the two styles of Blues in a way that honored both.
Coming up Saturday we’ll listen to several tracks from Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets with Sam Myer on vocals and harmonica.
Also on the show we’ll hear from the new collaboration from Canadian singer and guitarist Sue Foley and New Jersey bred singer and guitarist Peter Karp.
On Beyond the Crossroads, their second album together, Foley and Karp continue to share the song writing, each contributing several pieces and teaming up to write three.
The show will include pieces by the near legendary Trombone player, Porky Cohen, second generation guitarist and singer Bernard Allison, and the late, great Freddie King.