Star-Studded Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue Sept 26


Boise Blues Society is thrilled to present blues supergroup Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue, on Monday September 26, at the Sapphire Room in the Riverside Hotel, 7:30pm. This promises to be a fabulous night of the best in traditional blues played by an extraordinary new collaboration of long-time blues illuminaries!

Golden State/Lone Star is named from the home states of its iconic musician members, three from California and two from Texas. The group features Grammy-nominated harp blower/vocalist/bandleader Mark Hummel, with guitar legends Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty, plus drummer Wes Starr and bassist RW Grigsby. Baty, longtime known with Little Charlie and The Nightcats, says, “it’s all about 5 guys who have been playing music all their lives, and each night play with the excitement and energy of their first gig!”

The group’s self-titled debut album (cover in the graphic above) was released in April, introducing what has been called “one of the most accomplished and enjoyable ensembles playing the Real Deal Blues today” (Dick Shurman).  Living Blues Magazine calls the album “a stunning piece of work from start to finish”.



Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 and has become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. He started his first band, The Blues Survivors, in 1977, has toured with blues legends Charles Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, and Jimmy Rogers, among many others. He began the now international Blues Harmonica Blowout Series in 1991 which has included scores of famous blues performers over the years and tours throughout the country annually.


Anson Funderburgh formed Anson and the Rockets in 1978, went on to capture numerous Blues Music Awards, has performed with the likes of Boz Scaggs, Delbert McClinton, Earl King, and more. He is described as coming closer than any guitar player today to achieving the classic Stratocaster tone of the 50s and 60s”.  (Guitar Player Magazine)


Charlie Baty formed Little Charlie & The Nightcats (named after LIttle Walter’s backing band) in the early 70s and ran the band with Rick Estrin for 32 years. He moved on from The Nightcats in 2008, leaving it in Estrin’s capable hands, and soon after joined with Hummel on Blues Survivors gigs and Blues Harp Blowouts. “Little Charlie Baty plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together,” raves The Village Voice. “He is one of the swiftest, most fluent guitarists working in any genre”. (Guitar World)

Rounding out the lineup are RW Grigsby on bass and Austin drummer Wes Starr, who have between them played with a who’s who of famed blues musicians.   It’s a truly great lineup!


This show is an absolute must for any true blues lover in the Treasure Valley, and is sure to sell out quickly.  Get your tickets now at so you don’t miss out! BBS Members receive a $2 discount. See your recent email from us for the discount password or email us at boisebluessociety for it.  If you’re not yet a BBS Member, you may join HERE and receive the discount password by return message.


Next Huge Blues Show–Sept 26 at Sapphire Room

Don’t miss this great blues show! Tickets now at

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Vote for Lisa Mann in Blues Song Contest

You may have seen Portland’s amazing blues musician Lisa Mann at a recent show here. We just received this from her, and entered our vote for her!

“Lisa Mann here, I’d appreciate a vote for my song “Hard Times, Bad Decisions”–Big City Blues Mag put me in a contest for Coolest Blues Song in the World 2016! No need to enter your email or sign up for anything, just click the smiley faces… Thanks!”



Don’t Miss The Upcoming Blues Show of the Season!

Don’t miss out on this one! The Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue, coming to the Sapphire Room on Monday, Sept. 26.

Get the seats you want now! …. These guys are the best!!  And remember, as with all Boise Blues Society shows, the dance floors will be open for you! Come boogie down with us, whether it’s on your feet or in your seat!


Legendary Guitarists Coming To Town Sept 26

Our next huge Boise Blues Society show – Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue (Monday Sept 26, Sapphire Room) includes a pair of legendary guitarists: Charlie Baty – more than 3 decades with Little Charlie and the Nightcats – and Anson Funderburgh – many years as Anson and the Rockets. Now teamed with iconic harp blower/vocalist Mark Hummel, bassist RW Grigsby and drummer Wes Starr, they form this incredible supergroup! This video features Charlie (L) and Anson displaying their extreme guitar talents. Enjoy! Tickets are now available at Don’t wait – they’re sure to go fast and you’ll want to be in that audience! And yes, the dance floors will be open!

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