Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets Featuring Sam Myers (#718)

A powerhouse ensemble shows off its explosive mix of Texas grit and Delta blues.


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Since 1978, guitarist Anson Funderburgh and his high-octane Rockets have been laying down an explosive barrage of jump blues and hard-driving R&B that has earned them a place as one of the country’s premier blues bands. Since they added Sam Myers on harmonica and lead vocals in 1986, the accolades have just gotten louder.

Funderburgh and Myers have managed to blend their distinctive Texas and Mississippi sounds to create one of the most successful partnerships in contemporary blues. Funderburgh, Myers, and the Rockets have won eight prestigious W.C. Handy Awards and have earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands around—performing across the U.S. and Europe nearly 300 nights a year. In the process, they’ve crafted an infectious sound that Downbeat magazine called “a joyful blend of Delta grit and Texas exuberance.”

“I’ve always considered blues music to be dance music—and that’s OK with me,” says Funderburgh. “I mean, with some folks, I guess they like to just lay back and listen to it. But if people are up and dancing, then I know I’m doing something right.”

This Jubilee performance by Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets with Sam Myers was recorded at the W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY.