Various – Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – Little Charlie Baty / Mark Hummel / Anson Funderburgh / Wes Starr / R.W. Grigsby – LP


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The Golden State/Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California -- Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist, bandleader and Grammy nominee), Little Charlie Baty (ex-Nightcats bandleader and guitar hero) and RW Grigsby (bassist) - and Texans Anson Funderburgh (guitarist and Rockets bandleader) and Wes Starr (famed Austin drummer who has played with a who's who of Texas music royalty).

Recorded by Kid Andersen at the famed Greaseland Studios, and produced by Anson and Mark. Bound to be one of 2016’s most listened to and talked about Blues albums !

Track Listing:
A. 1. Midnight Hour – 4:10   2. Here's My Picture -4:06   3. Prove It To You – 3:25   4. Cool To Be Your Fool – 3:33   5. Lucky Kewpie Doll – 4:03  
B. 1. Stop This World – 3:38   2. Pepper Mama – 3:57   3. Detroit Blues – 3:54   4. End Of The World – 6:35

Mark Hummel (harmonica, vocals, bandleader) , Little Charlie Baty (guitar),  Anson Funderburgh (guitar) , R.W. Grigsby (bass) , Wes Starr (drums)


1. www.bluesmagazine.nlMartin van der Velde 
The Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is een samenwerking van bluesgrootheden uit California en Texas. 
Met namen als Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty en Anson Funderburg in de gelederen weet je haast wat je kunt verwachten. Bandleider en zanger, mondharmonicaspeler Mark Hummel weet keer op keer prima bluesmuzikanten om zich heen te verzamelen. Al eerder nam hij onder de noemer ‘Bluesharp Meltdown’ en  ‘Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowouts’ cd’s op met illustere gasten als Snooky Pryor, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Jerry Portnoy, Magic Dick, Rod Piazza, Paul DeLay, James Harman, Mitch Kashmar en vele anderen. En niet te vergeten zijn geweldige project ‘Remembering Little Walter’, die hij met een keur aan harpblazers voor Blind Pig Records opnam. Nu verenigt hij zijn krachten met 2 top gitaristen. Charlie Baty zal bij het grote publiek bekend zijn van zijn jaren lange verbintenis met Little Charlie & the Nitecats, die hun succesvolle albums op Alligator Records uitbrachten. Anson Funderburgh en zijn band The Rockets waren vele jaren verbonden aan Black Top en Bullseye Records. Samen met zanger, harpspeler Sam Myers namen zij diverse zeer goed ontvangen cd’s op voor deze labels.  De ritme sectie bestaat uit bassist RW Grigsby en Wes Starr op de drums. De samenwerking van deze muzikanten begon al in 2012. De cd ‘The Hustle Is Really On’, die Hummel onder eigen naam op ElectoFi records uitbracht, is nagenoeg met dezelfde bezetting opgenomen. Nu ligt er eindelijk een cd onder gezamenlijke naam ‘The Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue’. Ook deze cd is uitgebracht op het zeer actieve label ElectroFi, die ons steeds weer met bluespareltjes weet te verrassen. Dat geldt ook zeker voor deze cd, die opent met een heerlijke texasshuffle Midnight Hour om vervolgens over te gaan naar Here’s My Picture die voorzien is van prima pianospel van Jim Pugh, een van de gasten die op het album meespeelt. Pugh vervult overigens een prominente rol op de hele cd, want in Prove It To You legt hij al weer een fijne bodem met Hammondorgel. De saxofonisten Eric Spaulding en Jack Sanfordspelen een prima party in het jazzy/swingende Check Yourself. En zo gaat het de hele schijf door, van een mellow swing naar rockende Detroit blues,  ingevuld door twee top gitaristen met ieder een eigen benadering die naadloos op elkaar aansluit en die elkaar nergens in de weg zitten, maar juist met wederzijds respect hun partijen op elkaar aanpassen. Gooi daarover heen de prima stem en ijzersterk harpspel van Mark Hummel en het is genieten en nog eens genieten. Gewoon op repeat drukken wanneer de cd is geëindigd met het slow nummer End Of The World. Van dergelijke schijven krijg je nooit genoeg.  Hier zijn vakmensen aan het werk.

2. - Jim Hynes - April 15th, 2016
This is the debut from the blues super group that features acclaimed guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty as well as bandleader, harpist, and vocalist Mark Hummel along with drummer Wes Starr and bassist R.W. Grigsby. The blending of Northern California and Texas musicians is the fortuitous melding of configurations where some members had played together while others had not prior to touring together in 2012. Charlie Baty (Little Charlie and the Nightcats) describes it this way: “It’s all about five guys who have been playing music all their lives, but each night play with the excitement and energy of their first gig.” In the case of Baty’s (who has been playing with Hummel since 2011) previous band, the Nightcats, and Funderburgh’s Rockets, both had been led by a harpist/vocalist. Starr and Grigsby have been playing together as a rhythm section since high school and did play in the Rockets as well. So they fit together rather naturally. Baty’s fast fingered jazz style of playing is pitted against Funderburgh’s smoother, fluid lines and the two play off each other wonderfully.
Hummel says, “On this cd I wanted Anson’s production expertise as well as a mix of Texas meets California meets Chicago that is Golden/Lone’s trademark. I also wanted to add some brand new originals (six) to the mix of jazzier, Jimmy Reed style, B.B. Kingstyled shuffles and rock n’ roll flavored gumbo that we seemed to have cooked up here.” With the addition of West Coast keyboardist Jim Pugh (Robert Cray) and sax men Eric Spaulding and Jack Sanford, they recorded in the Northern California studio of choice these days, Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studio in San Jose. The results are not as much a series of spotlighted solos or a guitar heaven that you might have envisioned.  You can expect to hear that live (and I just did recently) but here the playing is more democratic and ensemble oriented with short, crisp solos.  Jim Pugh, for example, is as prominent as the headliners. There is only one track, the closing Hummel original, “End of the World” (6:35) that exceeds five minutes. The strength of the album lies in the sequence of “Pepper Mama,” where Funderburgh pays tribute to B.B. King, followed by “Walking With Mr. Lee” with Hummel’s harp in the lead, and Grigsby’s original about the mortgage crisis, “Detroit Blues.”
These guys are all veteran bluesmen playing what noted critic Dick Shurman dubs “Real Deal Blues.” Given that Texas and California are more jazz-oriented in blues than say Delta or Chicago, that’s mostly the fare here, clear from gleaning the cover tracks from the likes of Gatemouth Brown, Lee Allen, Lowell Fulsom, Jimmy McCracklin and Mose Allison. The band has already been touring, but only a few dates remain given the other projects they’re involved in. Catch them at Fitzgerald’s in Chicago on 4/22, or the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, NE on 4/24.


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