"Ryan McGarvey is one of the brightest, young blues-guitarists hitting the scene today. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, this twenty-three year old guitar sensation has been making a name for himself on the national and international scene, flaunting a string of credits that would be impressive even for the most seasoned of blues veterans."
"He came from behind and won Ernie Ball’s Play Crossroads contest after entering a month late. Fans voted for the top 500 entrants out of a pool of nearly 3500, and then judges selected the winner from the top 100 vote-getters. Onstage, McGarvey tore up and down the fretboard..."
"Technically amazing and soulfully profound. Hard to believe, really..."
"A technical skill and soul that belies his age"
"He's a natural old soul with surprisingly mature sensibilities and talent."
"... McGarvey keeps weaving more and more thrills into the mix."
"As for any hotshot players, lets just say that, for the most part,the best players I saw were local Austin cats... And Albuquerque's Ryan McGarvey."