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Eric Tessmer



September 5, 2024

About the Artist


Eric James Tessmer’s name was chosen by his guitarist father in honor of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

A Wisconsin native, Tessmer developed his love affair with music through a kind of familial osmosis. Both his grandmother and father played guitar, and Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Cream were all staples around the house growing up.

Inspired in part by watching reruns of Austin City Limits on his local PBS station, Tessmer moved to Texas straight out of high school, and he quickly garnered a formidable reputation there for his fierce fretwork and explosive live performances.

He cut his teeth playing residencies in clubs and bars, shared stages with everyone from Gary Clark, Jr. to Tab Benoit, and released a series of live and studio albums that earned widespread critical acclaim, with the Austin Chronicle dubbing him an “SRV-fast firebrand” and the Austin American Statesman hailing him as a “working class guitar hero.” His latest release, a single, “Jenny’s Song” is an ode to a dear friend lost to breast cancer, and is available on all streaming platforms.

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