Gary Myrick

 

Born in Dallas, Texas, Gary Myrick played guitar and sang in the Dallas/Fort Worth area starting as a teenager. Eventually, he built a significant enough reputation to be asked to join Austin, Texas band Kracker Jack, replacing Stevie Ray Vaughan who had left to begin his solo career.

After relocating to Los Angeles, California, he formed Gary Myrick & the Figures, releasing a self-titled album in 1980 that included the hit “She Talks in Stereo.” Living in a Movie and the EP Language, featuring the percussive single “Guitar, Talk, Love & Drums” followed in 1981 and 1983, respectively. His combination of blues, rock and new wave won him airplay on modern rock radio stations in the United States and exposure on MTV throughout the 1980s. Two of his songs, “She Talks in Stereo” and “Time to Win,” were used in the 1983 film Valley Girl. “She Talks in Stereo” made the top 100 songs of the decade on KROQ Radio.

Myrick took a break from his solo work to write six songs and play guitar on John Waite’s No Brakes album, which included Waite’s biggest solo hit “Missing You” and reached the top spot on the Billboard album chart in 1984. The following year came Myrick’s LP Stand for Love with the single “When Angels Kiss” and a re-recording of “She Talks in Stereo.” For the next few years, Myrick concentrated on work as a session and touring guitarist before joining his next group.

Paul Simonon (former bassist of The Clash), Nigel Dixon (former lead singer of Whirlwind) and Myrick united to form Havana 3AM. The band released a self-titled album in 1991, melding rockabilly, Latin and punk traditions. After Simonon left the band, Myrick began work on the next Havana 3AM album with Dixon. Dixon, however died of cancer in 1993. Myrick rebuilt Havana 3AM and completed the Texas Glitter and Tombstone Tales album in 1996.

Moving towards roots rock, Myrick switched to a stripped down, acoustic approach for his 2001 solo release, Waltz of the Scarecrow King. Reinvent the Gods, featuring a cover of Marianne Faithfull’s “As Tears Go By,” was self-released in 2004.

Myrick continues to play solo but also performs as a session and touring guitarist. He has worked with Big Audio Dynamite, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Steve Jones (former guitarist of the Sex Pistols), Wilson Pickett, Queen Ida, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and others.  In 2010, Sony released Gary Myrick’s first 3 albums remastered with bonus tracks on CD and digital download. Gary Myrick & The Figures, Living In A Movie, & Language are now available as double album CDs and on iTunes, including live tracks and extended mixes from the 80’s as well as a lost album of unheard tracks on Language.   To celebrate the release of the remastered CDs, the band reunited for a one-off show at The Roxy in Los Angeles that drew enough interest to land them several reunion shows on the east and west coasts in 2010 and 2011.

THE FIGURES

Bass player David Dennard’s past noteworthy band membership has included Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson, The Drifters and the legendary ’60s garage pop-band The Novas. He’s been playing guitar, bass and harmonica since 1963.  He was also a former Epic Records, Rhino Records and Dragon Street Records recording artist and producer.

Drummer Jack White is best known for his work with singer/songwriter Rick Springfield in 1976, 1980-84, and 1990-2002. He has also performed with the following artists: Mitch Ryder, Ike and Tina Turner, Sam The Sham, Rare Earth,  Player, Redbone, Gary Puckett, The Knack, Roger Miller, Marty Stewart, Johnny Cash, T.G. Shepherd, Lisa Hartman, Katey Sagal, Danny Schafer’s Hickory Wind, David Lee Roth, Albert Lee’s The Flaming Stallions, Dick Wagner, The Shifters, Blues Council, Willie Dixon, Johnny Guitar Watson, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, David Cassidy, Steve Perry, and for various TV and Film soundtracks.

 

Keyboardist Darby Orr grew up playing the southern rock and blues circuit in Dallas often quietly being snuck in through the back door of clubs because he was well below the legal drinking age.  Later, his band ‘Twist of Fate’ was signed by CBS records which lead to a position as a Staff Writer/Producer for Sony Music in Los Angeles.  He currently enjoys a successful career writing music for television, film and video games.

Gary Myrick and the Figures are now accepting offers:  Artist Available for Bus Tours, Fly Dates, Venues, Festivals, Fairs, Casinos , Radio Shows And Corporate Events