Review - Change in My Pocket

Artist: Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets Featuring Sam Myers

comment

Since 1986, guitarist Anson Funderburgh and singer/harmonica player Sam Myers have been mixing up a red-hot blend of Texas-jump and Chicago-style blues that's been drawing rave reviews. The authentic gruff baritone of the towering (and semiblind) Myers, combined with Funderburgh's nimble blues guitar-phrasings, have revived the careers of both men and produced some of the best blues albums in the '90s.

Unfortunately, "Change in My Pocket" sees the boys going through the motions. Myers' vocals on the opening title track are wooden, and the band never really finds its stride with the mostly forgettable batch of originals. Oddly, the players seem to be more comfortable on the nice choice of covers, nailing Buddy Guy's "$100 Bill" and Willie Dixon's "Young Fashioned Ways." It's on these tracks that you get a glimpse of the energy that's been better captured on some of the duo's previous efforts.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.