Eric James Tessmer, actually named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, is an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, TX. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and his namesake predecessors. His live shows have captured audiences' attention across the United States as power-packed sessions of wickedly fast and precise licks that can light the house on fire without the need for lighter fluid.
Born and raised outside of the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Tessmer began playing at a young age, inspired by his father and grandmother. In 2000, he moved to Austin at the age of 19 to play gigs with numerous musicians and bands, earning local credibility as he honed his craft of riffing with speed, power and control. He later formed his own power trio, the Eric Tessmer Band, in 2003. Through a battered '59 Fender Stratocaster producing vintage-correct tones, Eric has been kickstarting the engine left idling by guitar players of the past ever since.
Known as one of the hardest working musicians in Austin, Eric Tessmer continues to travel the U.S., Canada and Europe. Creating his own brand of blues-rock soul-chedelic sound, he has electrified festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, Summerfest, and MusikFest with dialed-in precision and delivered polished performances at clubs, pubs and venues across the land. Sharing the stage with notable musicians such as Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Monte Montgomery, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Duarte, Tessmer has created a buzz among the blues-rock community that is quickly swarming with devoted disciples.
"This guitar prodigy plays like a man possessed." â€“ Boston Globe
"Tessmer holds a nightly clinic, a sermon if you will, in Strat manipulation." â€“ Rank & Revue
"Tessmer is the real deal.' â€“ Austinist
The Micki Free Experience
Chances are you've heard MICKI FREE play guitar before--and remembered it, even if you didn't know it was him.
It might have been on Shalamar's Top 20 smash â€œDancing in the Sheetsâ€� from the Footloose soundtrack, or its Grammy Award-winning â€œDon't Get Stopped in Beverly Hillsâ€� from Beverly Hills Cop. Or maybe it was with Crown of Thorns, the hard-hitting band he and the Plasmatics' Jean Beauvoir fronted during the early '90s. Or perhaps it was on albums by Janet Jackson and Wendy O Williams.
Suffice to say the guy's been around awhile. And now, after five years of making award-winning and spiritually enriching Native American flute music, FREE is back and rockin' with AMERICAN HORSE, a fierce thoroughbred of an album whose 11 tracks remind us of the singular musical talent he possesses.
Eric Tessmer w/ The Micki Free Experience