Goes Good With: Cream, Gov't Mule, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan Bad-ass blues rock from Austin with raw and uncompromising musicianship.
McMurtry has long been lauded by critics, peers and music aficionados as being among the strongest songwriters of his generation. His works, which range from atmospheric ballads to no-holds-barred rockers, are populated by world-weary souls often longing for something different, if no better, than what they're now enduring. Perhaps in part because of his powerful reputation as a lyricist, coupled with his stirring vocal style, McMurtry is often not given his due as a guitarist. Though not one to stoop to flash just for the sake of effect, he can rip forth with a flurry of fat-toned notes when the material demands it. In the next breath, he'll frame a tender composition with poignant lead lines. He tends to travel with half a dozen or so guitars, which offers him a wide palate of tones and tunings from which to choose.
"Eric Tessmer holds a nightly clinic, a sermon if you will, in Strat manipulation. During this soulful gospel however, more than a few sins are committed. [Tessmer] rapes his guitar. To call his licks fast would be an insult to Mr. Graham Bell and to light itself. With pillage and fury, Tessmer pounds out Stevie, Jimi, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf and others with a crisp, bristling precision. The he steps on the gas - soloing like a rocket ship, zooming back through time. You can just see IT in this kid and any fan of the guitar won't have to see IT. You can usually hear the trio from several blocks away."