Ty Hurless grew up in NE Ohio and immersed himself in the rock ‘n roll music on the radio airwaves coming out of Cleveland, OH and in the Akron/Canton area clubs. Picking up the guitar as a young teenager, he worked to emulate those sounds, learning to play the guitar by ear and singing the songs like the rock heroes of the era. He eventually joined other local musicians to perform for live audiences all over the state.
Lured by the legendary live music scene, he relocated to Austin, TX in 1993 and began the Texas chapter of his musical career. Since that time, Ty has worked as a touring guitarist as well as a local performer, appearing on the most iconic stages of the “Live Music Capitol of the World”, including Antone’s, the Saxon Pub, the Continental Club and Threadgill’s – to name just a few. He has appeared on various original studio recordings; working and collaborating with notable Austin musicians in such diverse genres as rock, singer-songwriter, Americana, glam rock and Texas country (with songs that landed and climbed the Texas country charts). Most recently, Ty has spent the last decade as lead singer/front man and guitarist for the acclaimed and popular Austin Tom Petty tribute band, The Damn Torpedoes. They have performed all over the state of Texas and southern US to thousands of appreciative Tom Petty and rock ‘n roll fans.
Ty’s approach to teaching guitar is to share his 40-year passion for the instrument, and for music in general, with the student. This excitement is contagious, helping to foster the student’s new-found interest and serving as the spark that inspires them to progress and realize their goal of becoming the musician that they want to be. Ty focuses on letting the student progress at his or her own pace, without the common tendency to overwhelm or intimidate.
Whether it’s young people who are just starting out and are excited about playing music for the first time, or folks later in life that always wished they’d learned an instrument, Ty finds and uses that motivation to get the most out of his students.
2010 - present
2010 - present