Tuesday, July 12, 1994
Anson and the Rockets with Sam Myers ~ 1994
Anson Funderburgh,born November 15, 1954 in Plano, Texas,is a blues guitar player and bandleader of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. Formed in 1978 their style incorporates both Chicago blues and Texas blues. During this time the band payed their dues by playing venues including the original Alley Club and Carlito's in downtown Longview, Texas. Over the years the band has evolved with personnel changes.
Sam was born in Laurel, Mississippi on February 19, 1936. He appeared as an accompanist on dozens of recordings for blues artists over five decades. He began his career as a drummer for Elmore James and in 1956, he wrote and recorded his most famous single, "Sleeping In The Ground", a song covered by Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and many other blues artists.
From the early 1960s until 1986, Myers worked the clubs in and around Jackson as well as across the South in the Chitlin' Circuit. He even found himself touring the world with Sylvia Embry and the Mississippi All-Stars Blues Band. In 1986 Sam joined the Rockets as harp player and lead singer.
The first Rockets' recording featuring Myers was My Love Is Here To Stay which came out in 1986. He stayed with the band until his death on July 17, 2006, appearing on eight albums with them. Today the band continues to evolve and is one of the premier blues bands fron Texas.