Rockin' but mellow blues
firstname.lastname@example.org | cincinnati, ohio | 07/06/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"older black blues musicians seem to have to seek out younger white players these days to keep the sound alive. carey bell does, blind mississippi morris, and sam myers. the rock influence really cuts through the blues in these cases. this album bounces back and forth between rock and some really old blues sounds, and that gives it a nice mix. myers sounds a bit tired though (i read he was diagnosed as diabetic last year) , and his muddy watersish baritone sounds a bit winded here and there. he's a good, though not great, harp player, but for my taste doesn't play it often enough on this date. funderburgh plays his usual tasteful guitar, always understating rather than going over the top. this one won't blow you away, unless maybe you put it on 11, but it's good blues for those who don't want to be clobbered."
A hot CD of tunes marking Anson and Sam's 10 years together
email@example.com | Indianapolis, Indiana | 06/24/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Anson and Sam put out this collection last year to mark their 10 years together. It's not a retrospective collection, but rather a mix of mostly upbeat songs reflecting their past collaborations. A few really good originals are here, along with some terrific covers, especially "I'm Shakin'" "Lookin' the World Over" and "Oh-Oh." Sam is the usual -- cool, funny and gravelly. He plays good harp, too. Anson is hipper than ever -- sharp and tasty on guitar and a very good rhythm guitarist. (He's got to be one of the best blues guitarists playing today. I just saw Anson and Sam for the third time here in Indiana, and Anson alone is worth the cover charge. I could listen to him play all night!) If you have liked any of Anson and Sam's records, you'll like this one a lot. It's houserockin'."