Music Review

Book Reviews and Reading Diary
CD Buying Guide and Music Links
Best-of lists
CD Reviews
CDs, sorted by Style
CDs, sorted by year issued
CDs, sorted by publication review ran in
CDs by San Diego bands
All CDs, sorted by band name
All CDs, sorted by album title
Favorite quotations
Contact Me

Veteran duo just keeps improving

That's What They Want
That's What They Want
By Anson Funderburgh & Sam Myers

Black Top Records: 1997

Buy it on CD now from
Buy it now

This review first appeared in the November 22, 1997 edition of the American Reporter.

Round 'bout fifteen years ago they met and formed an unlikely pairing: the middle-aged black singer and harmonica player and the brash young white guitarist. But as Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers they tore up the blues scene, becoming regulars at festivals and headlining blues clubs across the country.

The Rockets are no more, Funderburgh is heading into his own middle years and Myers now gets equal billing, but little has changed musically. Their straight-ahead blues still rocks out, Myers retains one of the most distinctive voices in blues and Funderburgh's guitar playing is among the best you'll hear.

The duo's latest release featured another set of solid originals and wonderful covers. The backing band is every bit as good as the Rockets were, and the production by Black Top Records is as clean as always.

Which is all fine, but what makes this album so listenable is that Funderburgh and Myers still click, still push one another. There's a neat musical empathy between them that sets up a rewarding interplay on song after song.