Mark Hummel • Little Charlie Baty • Anson Funderburgh • RW Grigsby • Wes Starr
About Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty, Ansun Funderburgh, RW Grigsby, Wes Starr
The Golden State-Lone Star Revue is a concept of a cross country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians. All have known each other for years. The rhythm section have played in bands since high school, and all share a deep passion for REAL blues.
Mark Hummel is at the forefront of West Coast harmonica-led blues, an exciting style that fuses classic Chicago blues with rock and roll and jump blues elements. Hummel is a road warrior – a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound: a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. Hummel’s been on the road since 1984 and released 17 recordings. His latest is a Little Walter Tribute called Blue and Lonesome. Mark has been nominated for three years in a row for Best Harmonica by the Blues Music Awards. Hummel has curated and produced the Blues Harmonica Blowouts since 1991 and has performed with these multi-artist events with the top players in the genre.
Little Charlie Baty is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act”Little Charlie & the Nightcats”. Charlie and the Nightcats have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast’s most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years. They’ve played every major festival you can think of and every blues joint from Maine to Spain.
Anson Funderburgh, a native of Texas, has spent the majority of his adult life playing the blues. 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. Funderburgh recorded frequently in the 1990s, releasing Tell Me What I Want to Hear (1991), Live at Grand Emporium (1995), and That’s What They Want (1997). 1999′s Change in my Pocket 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.
Rounding out the Golden State-Lone Star Revue are RW Grigsby on bass & famed Texas drummer Wes Starr (Anson And The Rockets). Between these two old Rome, GA cronies, they’ve played with a who’s who of famed musicians-Omar & the Howlers, Junior Brown, Jimmy Vaughn, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Mike Morgan & the Crawl, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton, Kim Wilson and many more.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Hummel whoops up clouds of volcanic ash one one number after another.” -Downbeat
“Hummel plays the harmonica with the fat, full sound that made Little Walter sound almost like a saxophonist rather than a harp man.” -Chicago Sun-Times
“Baty’s straight blues playing is eye-popping…he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down.” -Guitar World
“Little Charlie Baty plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together… He is one of the swiftest, most fluent guitarists working in any genre.” -Village Voice
“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 guitarists 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