Album Review of
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Written by Duane Verh
April 11, 2016 - 12:00am EDT
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Though described as a blues “supergroup”, this fivesome-plus refreshingly displays none of the showboating or excess such a tag can suggest.  With guitar giants Anson Funderburgh and “Little” Charlie Baty in tow, master blues harp craftsman Mark Hummel fronts a lineup which lays down a set of blues as rock-solid as each of their individual resumes.  Hummel’s vocal delivery may even evoke a bit of Rick Estrin to some, generating, alongside Baty’s presence, a bit of classic Nightcats vibe.  Hummel’s originals, including “Cool To Be Your Fool”, “Lucky Kewpie Doll” and the haunting “End Of The World” mesh well with well-selected covers such as Mose Allison’s “Stop This World”. Keyboardist Jim Pugh stands out as a guest artist.