ANSON FUNDERBURGH hails from Plano,TX where the youngster picked up guitar. In high school Anson got bit by the blues bug thru Jimmy Reed, B.B. King & Freddie King. He backed Lightnin’ Hopkins twice in the ’70s. By 1978 Anson formed Anson & The Rockets w/vocalist & harp player Darrell Nulish, who were signed by Black Top Records a couple years later. In 1986 Darrell was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed till his death in 2006. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy Awards (Blues Music Awards). After Sam’s death, Anson took a seven year hiatus from performing to devote to his new family. Four years ago Funderburgh resumed performing with both the Rockets & Eric Lindell Band. Funderburgh has performed w/Boz Scaggs, Delbert McClinton, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King & Jimmy Buffett. Anson is also the inspiration for Beavis (Beavis & Butthead — former bassist/cartoonist Mike Judge worked as a Rocket for three years.) “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)
Harmonica man/singer/songwriter/bandleader/author/impresario MARK HUMMEL was born in New Haven, CT but moved to Los Angeles as a newborn. Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school but soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. Soon after, Hummel frequented the Ash Grove club on Melrose Ave. in LA where he saw (in a three month period) three blues legends he would later work with on a regular basis; Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee (w/Sonny Terry) & James Cotton. Hummel moved to Berkeley in 1973, because of a more lively blues scene and started to perform regularly in ghetto clubs with many old timers. In 1976 he formed The Blues Survivors with Johnny Waters and JJ Bad Boy Jones. JJ left in 1977 and was replaced by Sonny Lane. This band lasted till 1981, when Hummel would go full time with music. By 1985 Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors hit the road full time & continue till the present (Hummel’s memoir, “Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80” recounts many road exploits). In 2014 Blind Pig Records released “REMEMBERING LITTLE WALTER” (a recording of a Hummel Blues Harp Blowout.) The CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and won two Blues Music Awards. Hummel’s latest CD “THE HUSTLE IS REALLY ON” features GS/LS. “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)
Guitar youngblood MIKE KELLER resides in Austin where he’s led his own band The Keller Brothers, plays in Little Elmo Blues Band, a sideman for Paul Oscher’s group plus two and a half years with Stevie Ray’s band Double Trouble, did five years as a Fabulous Thunderbird, recorded and toured with Marcia Ball for a year and a half, Doyle Bramhall for fours years and toured with the late harp genius Gary Primich. Mike’s solos are top notch in GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR.
Rounding out the GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR BLUES REVUE are RW GRIGSBY on bass & famed Austin, Texas drummer WES STARR (Anson And The Rockets). Between these two old Rome, GA natives, they’ve played with a who’s who of famed musicians – Omar & the Howlers, Jr. Brown, Jimmy Vaughan, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton & many more!