Mark Hummel’s Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue draws on the power of Texas and West Coast blues, invigorating the musical connection between the regions. This blues supergroup will play at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, June 23 starting at 8 p.m. With an all-star line-up of Texans and Californians, featuring Mark Hummel, Rusty Zinn and Mike Keller, this band cooks up energetic, soulful music that swings.
Grammy-nominated harmonica player, vocalist and bandleader Hummel spearheads the California contingent. Hummel took an interest in blues harp and rock-blues music in high school, and soon discovered originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter. Hummel cut his teeth as a performer at the storied Ash Grove club in Los Angeles and clubs in Berkeley.
Hummel, who has worked with the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee and James Cotton, formed The Blues Survivors in 1976. Hummel also is the mastermind behind the annual Blues Harmonica Blow-Out, showcasing four different blues-harp players each year.
Hummel was nominated for a Grammy and won two Blues Music Awards for his 2014 Blind Pig-released album “Remembering Little Walter.” He was nominated for Harmonica Player of the Year at the 2013 and 2017 BMAs.
Guitarist Keller lives in Austin where he leads The Keller Brothers, plays in Little Elmo Blues Band and is a sideman for Paul Oscher’s group.
Keller was in the Fargo area when he got an offer to play with Double Trouble (and be their first guitarist since Stevie Ray Vaughn), prompting his move back to Texas.
“I did the Double Trouble gig for about two and a half years,” he said, “then played with Doyle Bramhall for four 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 five years.
Raised in Northern California, guitarist Zinn was inspired by the playing of Robert Lockwood, Jr., Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers and Luther Taylor. He has backed both Jimmy Rogers and Snooky Pryor, played with Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and been in Hummel’s Blues Survivors.
Zinn has released seven solo albums, some of which feature big names like Kim Wilson and Elvin Bishop, and received a Best New Blues Artist nomination from the Blues Foundation.
Rounding out the band are Sacramento-based bassist RW Grigsby (2017 BMA nominee for Bass Player of the Year) and famed Austin drummer Wes Starr of 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, Jr. 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, who is a guitarist with Rick Estrin & The Nightcaps, recorded the album at Greaseland Studio in San Jose, with Anson 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 $22 and are available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out.
For more information, visit markhummel.com/golden-state-lone-star-revue and .