anson funderburgh, february 20
Local blues fans were stuck at home watching crappy Must-See TV last Thursday night after word spread that Dallas guitar star Anson Funderburgh wasn't going to make it to his sold-out gig at Healey's.
Nothing to be concerned about, however, explains Healey's booking agent, Phil Morrison. There was no foul play involved.
"Their bus broke down somewhere in the States," says Morrison, sighing. "It was their only Canadian show, but I think they found the right parts and managed to make it to the next date the following day."
Road trouble isn't uncommon for Funderburgh, who, with his Rockets band fronted by harp-honking singer Sam Myers, tours his souped-up Delta about 300 days a year. Morrison says Funderburgh and the Rockets usually visit these parts about twice a year, and he's hoping to book 'em next time they're in the area.
sam roberts, february 21
Sam Roberts's dramatic rise from Montreal pop underground hopeful to hot major-label property has happened with dizzying speed, but the songwriter doesn't seem fazed in the slightest.
Stalking the Lee's Palace stage Friday during the first of two sold-out shows, the well-bearded Roberts kept things decidedly loose, mixing up tunes from his The Inhuman Condition EP with tracks from his forthcoming full-length debut. Particularly well-received was a brooding song that may or may not be called The Canadian Dream, with its "Socialism is here to stay" chorus.
The hooting and hollering suggests that the success of Roberts's Brother Down single wasn't a fluke, though you have to wonder whether he spent his entire advance on the stadium-sized lighting rig that blinded everyone in the room.