June 5, 1989 |
Critics carp so much about lack of feeling in music that sometimes the issue of imagination gets overlooked. Texas-based blues band Anson & the Rockets played with plenty of feeling at the Palomino on Friday--tons of it. But like so many in the contemporary blues scene, the band showed no imagination. Nada. Zilch. Goose egg. There's no doubt that this band deserves its rep as one of the top blues attractions on the circuit, and Friday's show before an enthusiastic crowd offered about as much fun as you can have in a 12-bar shuffle context.
February 11, 1993 |
A former produce market turned restaurant and nightclub, the George Street Grocery in Jackson, Miss., has shut its doors a few times since being built shortly after the turn of the century. Recently opened again, the modest, two-story red brick building is a survivor--much like the blues musicians who have played there over the years. But perhaps the best tale of revival and redemption coming from the George Street Grocery belongs to Anson Funderburgh and Sam Myers.
March 22, 1997
Guitarist ANSON FUNDERBURGH playing the Texas blues with singer SAM MYERS, a veteran of Elmore James' band, in Dana Point. See WHAT GOES ON.
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July 25, 2006 |
Sam Myers, 70, a blues musician best known as a singer and harmonica player, died July 17 of throat cancer at his Dallas home, according to his sister, Eula Jones. He was diagnosed with cancer last year and had been unable to perform with his band, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, since late 2004. Myers, a native of Laurel, Miss., had been with the Rockets as their featured vocalist since 1986. Myers, along with the Rockets, collectively won nine W.C.
February 11, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * Blues Blast '99, the annual festival of the Phoenix Blues Society, gets underway Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Mesa Amphitheater, 201 N. Center St., Mesa. Scheduled performers include Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets featuring Sam Myers, Guitar Shorty, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, Hans Olson, Chico Chism and Lisa Otey. $12 in advance; $15 day of show. (602) 644-2560.
January 16, 1992
No more pigskin excuses--Monday Night Football is history. But Blue Monday at Alexander's in Ventura lives. This week, it's yet another hot Texas blues band, Anson & the Rockets. To get technical, it's actually Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets featuring Sam Myers, which is longer than any of their song titles. The 8 p.m., $8 show is a thinly veiled effort to sell copies of the band's sixth release, "Tell Me What I Want to Hear."