Anson Funderburgh

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Anson Funderburgh
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Anson Funderburgh performing in 1976
Background information
Birth name James Anson Funderburgh
Born (1954-11-14) November 14, 1954 (age 59)
Plano, Texas, United States
Genres Blues
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1979–present
Labels Black Top Records
Bullseye Blues Records
Associated acts The Rockets
Sam Myers
The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Anson Funderburgh (born James Anson Funderburgh, November 14, 1954,[1][2] Plano, Texas, United States)[3] is an American blues guitar player and bandleader of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets since 1978.[4] Their style incorporates both Chicago blues and Texas blues.

Career[edit]

In 1981, Funderburgh released the Rockets' debut album Talk to You By Hand from New Orleans, Louisiana based Black Top Records. The band consisted of Anson, with Darrell Nulisch on vocals and harmonica. The album included a cover version of Earl King's song, "Come On". Talk to You By Hand was also the first ever release by the record label.

Before the debut album's release in 1981, Funderburgh participated that same year with The Fabulous Thunderbirds in recording of their Butt-Rockin' album.[5]

Funderburgh and the Rockets appeared at the 1984 San Francisco Blues Festival. When Nulisch left the band in 1985, Funderburgh invited the blues harmonica player Sam Myers from Jackson, Mississippi to fill in the spot.[4] He stayed with the band until his death on July 17, 2006, appearing on eight albums with them. The first Rockets' recording featuring Myers was My Love Is Here To Stay which came out in 1986. Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets appeared in the 1994 film "China Moon," starring Ed Harris and Madeleine Stowe. They are shown playing "Tell Me What I Want To Hear" from the self-titled release.

As well as the studio recordings, in 1990 the band played the Long Beach Blues Festival. The same year, they appeared on show number 109 of the NBC television program, Sunday Night.

In 1989 and 1990 the band's bassist was Mike Judge, future animator and creator of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill.[6]

Their song "Can We Get Together" was also featured in the film, 21 Grams in 2003. In 2007, Funderburgh played on and produced John Németh's album, Magic Touch.[7] Németh had briefly replaced Myers in Funderburgh's backing band.[8]

In 2011, The Mill Block Blues album was released. The CD is unique in that a portion of the sales of the album will be donated to help fellow musicians in need via the HART Fund. The HART Fund (Handy Artist Relief Trust) is a service provided by the Blues Foundation which provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral expenses for blues musicians.[9][10]

In 2013, Funderburgh produced and featured on the Andy T. - Nick Nixon band's Drink Drank Drunk, released on Delta Groove.[11]

In 2014, he was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Best Instrumentalist – Guitar' category.[12]

Discography[edit]

  • 1981: Talk to You By Hand (Black Top)
  • 1985: She Knocks Me Out! (Black Top)
  • 1986: My Love Is Here To Stay (Black Top)
  • 1987: Sins (Black Top)
  • 1990: Rack 'Em Up (Black Top)
  • 1991: Tell Me What I Want to Hear (Black Top)
  • 1991: Thru the Years: A Retrospective (Black Top)
  • 1995: Live At the Grand Emporium (Black Top)
  • 1997: That's What They Want (Black Top)
  • 1999: Change In My Pocket (Bullseye Blues)
  • 2003: Which Way Is Texas? (Bullseye Blues)
  • 2011: Mill Block Blues (Ruff Kutt)[10]
  • 2013: Deal With It (EllerSoul Records)
  • 2013: Drink Drank Drunk (Produced, featured) (Delta Groove)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas Births, 1926-1995". Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  2. ^ "People Summary". Veromi.net. 1954-11-14. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  3. ^ Skelly, Richard (1954-11-15). "Anson Funderburgh - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 113. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  5. ^ Piedmont Talent. "Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets". Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  6. ^ Posted by Bman (2011-12-07). "Bman's Blues Report: What does Anson Funderburgh have to do with Beavis and Butt-Head". Bmansbluesreport.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  7. ^ [http:/1/www.allmusic.com/album/magic-touch-mw0000569312/credits "Magic Touch - John Nemeth : Credits"]. AllMusic. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  8. ^ Leggett, Steve. "John Nemeth - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Ruff Kutt Blues". Ruff Kutt Blues. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  10. ^ a b Posted by Bman (2011-11-14). "Bman's Blues Report: New Release: Mill Block Blues - Ruff Kutt - Review". Bmansbluesreport.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Andy T - Nick Nixon Band 'Drink Drank Drunk'". Delta Groove Productions. 
  12. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Blues.about.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

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