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Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets

In recent years, Dallas-based guitarist Anson Funderburgh has taken his band the Rockets out of the clubs and onto the festival stages with his critically acclaimed recordings for the BlackTop label out of New Orleans. With Jackson, MS-native Sam Myers delivering the vocals and harmonica treatments, this band mixes up a powerful gumbo of Texas jump blues and Delta blues that can't be found anywhere else. Funderburgh & His Rockets are a particularly hard working band, performing across the U.S. and Europe nearly 300 nights a year.

Funderburgh was born November 15, 1954, and got hooked on the blues when he got his first guitar at age seven or eight. His first musical experiences happened in the clubs in Dallas. He developed his team approach to blues music while learning from the likes of Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, and Albert Collins when these great bluesmen were passing through Dallas-area clubs, but Funderburgh had already taught himself guitar mostly from listening to classic blues records. He never had the chance to see Muddy Waters, but he did get to play with Lightnin' Hopkins in the late '70s. Funderburgh formed the Rockets in 1978, but didn't meet Sam Myers until 1982.

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. At the beginning of the new millennium, Funderburgh is just coming into his prime by way of his songwriting talents, so his career deserves close watching in the coming years. The best is yet to come from this guitarist and bandleader. ~ Richard Skelly & Al Campbell, Rovi
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Hey I'm lookin for any and all music released on the now defunct, Blacktop record label... CDs and/ or vinyl. Any artist and titles... BLACKTOP, Paving the way to your soul...
Wow go head wt ur bad self!!!
williamcaubl e
props to the whole band here! what's that harp setup man?
How big is Sam is voice is10 foot tall
bad a** blues!
Great Blues !
bthorsen1
first heard of him when he produced John Nemeth album...LONG LIVE THE BLUES
heard the man in the early days in small venues in h town,will always be a fan jc4040
obquiet99
Fantastic piano!!!!!!
I caught Anson & the Rockets when they played VZD's here in Oklahoma City back in the early 1990's. Terrifc blues and a great evening. Even got the share some thoughts about the blues with Sam Myers prior to the show. I only wish they could make OKC a regular stop - great artist and a great band that really understands the blues.
Anson lives in our town and he occasionally plays at the Cadillac Bar downtown.A real treat when he does and his wife will get up and sing a song or two.Your all right,a quality guy just playing the blues!
Awesome
A** Kicking!
rnewport
I met Anson in, maybe, 1987 when he played in Ventura, CA. I bought a 45 of "Walking Doctor Bill" and he was happy to sign it and thanked me for coming to the show. Really nice guy and consistently delivers terrific blues. I truly hope he continues to tour and record after losing Sam Myers.
dconaty
got to meet mr funderburgh several years ago who was as gracious a gentleman as he is a meticulous musician
how are we related? did we have a granny in austria 90 years ago ? we are kin in a way
Sit still while listening to this guy?....can' t do it!
bad man....
A new Blues artist for me and I really enjoy his music. I will explore more. JD.
I met Anson at a benefit show at Poor David's Pub in Dallas in '98. He's in that group of blues players from Dallas that will be the next superstars of the blues.
Mike Mitchell Escondido, CA 11/26/08
Good job combining Texas and Delta blues into his own style.

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