Blues supergroup Golden State Lone Star Revue play The Palms on Friday, Feb. 15

Featuring (from left) Texan guitarists Mike Keller and Anson Funderburgh and Californian harmonica player Mark Hummel backed by drummer Wes Starr and bassist RW Grisby, the Golden State Lone Star Revue will return to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($16 students). Brad Elligood/courtesy photo

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Blues supergroup Golden State Lone Star Revue draws on the power of Texas and West Coast blues, invigorating the connection between those regions’ music. With an all-star line-up of three Texans and two Californians and featuring Anson Funderburgh, Mark Hummel and Mike Keller, the Golden State Lone Star Revue cooks up energetic, soulful music that swings. Golden State Lone Star Revue will play at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Feb. 15 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($16 with student ID). Grammy-nominated harmonicist, vocalist and bandleader Mark Hummel spearheads the California contingent. Hummel became interested in blues harp and rock-blues music in high school and soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter. Hummel cut his teeth as a performer at the storied Ash Grove in Los Angeles and clubs in Berkeley. Hummel, who’s worked with Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee and James Cotton, formed The Blues Survivors in 1976. In addition to The Blues Survivors and Golden State Lone Star Revue, Hummel leads the annual Blues Harmonica Blow-Out. Hummel is again nominated for the Blues Music Awards’ Harmonica Player of the Year. Previously, he received a Grammy nomination and won two Blues Music Awards for his 2014 Blind Pig-released album “Remembering Little Walter.” He released the instrumental album “Harpbreaker” last year. Anson Funderburgh was bitten by the blues bug in high school in Plano, Tex., through the music of Jimmy Reed, B.B. King and Freddie King. Funderburgh, formed Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets in 1978 with vocalist and harp player Darrell Nullish. In 1986 Nullish was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed until his death in 2006. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy Awards (now the Blues Music Awards). After Myers’ death, Funderburgh took a 7-year hiatus from performing to devote himself to his new family. Six years ago Funderburgh resumed performing with both the Rockets and Eric Lindell Band. He’s currently nominated for the BMA’s Guitar Player of the Year. Funderburgh is known for his classic Stratocaster sound, and has also performed with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Boz Scaggs, Delbert McClinton, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King and Jimmy Buffett. Guitarist Mike Keller was in the Fargo area when he got an offer to play with Double Trouble (and be the first guitarist since Stevie Ray Vaughn), prompting a move to Texas. “I did the Double Trouble gig for about two and half years,” he said, “then played with Doyle Bramhall for 4 years, Marcia Ball for a year and a half, and then got the call to join the Fabulous Thunderbirds.” He played with the Thunderbirds for 5 years.” A double threat, Keller also packs a big blues voice. Keller resides in Austin where he leads his own band The Keller Brothers, plays in Little Elmo Blues Band and is a sideman for Paul Oscher’s group. Rounding out the Golden State Lone Star Revue are Sacramento-based bassist RW Grigsby (2017 BMA nominee for Bass Player of the Year) and Austin-based drummer Wes Starr (Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets). Between them, these two Rome, Ga. natives have played with a who’s who of famed musicians including Omar & the Howlers, Junior Brown, Jimmy Vaughan, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Continental Drifters and many more. Electro-Fi Records released Golden State Lone Star Revue’s self-titled debut album in 2016. Kid Andersen (guitarist with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats) recorded the album at the famed Greaseland Studio in San Jose, Calif., with Funderburgh and Hummel as co-producers. The band was nominated for Band of the Year and Best Traditional Blues Album for the 2017 Blues Music Awards. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit and]]>

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