THE TEXAS CHAINSAW HORNS came together twenty years ago in the suburbs of Washington
D.C. Members originate from all over the continent - Texas, NYC, Puerto Rico, Canada - but
now maintain a family/home base in the DC/VA/MD area.
The main focus of the band is the tight, five-piece horn section featuring trumpeter/arranger
Tony Murtha, whose work has been featured on American Idol, the NFL Super Bowl Halftime
Show, the Disney Channel, Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, Orange County Choppers, and
commercials for Subway and the Washington Nationals.
With almost a dozen members, the band draws on a wide variety of influences, ranging from
Ray Charles and James Brown, to ZZ Top and The Tower of Power.
Whiskey & Knives, the band’s first CD, received the Washington Area Music Association’s
(WAMA) Wammie award for Best Debut Recording of 2009. Beam Me Up Elvis, their follow up
CD, features an additional 12 original songs and won another Wammie in 2012 for Best Blues /
Traditional R & B Recording.
The band members are from various musical backgrounds and have done everything from
touring with Sting to performing for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW HORNS have played at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, were invited to play at Princeton University and, for the past five years, have
been the house band for The Nova Idol Competition at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in
The horn section performs regularly, as part of their day jobs, for the President of the United
“ Bluesly, horn filled power….outrageous stage show…” - Marianne Meyer – The Washington
“Accomplished musicians playing actual instruments in the service of well crafted tunes….” -
Mike Tempo – The Bonedaddys, Los Angeles, CA
“This recording jumps off the table at you.” - Bob Dawson – Grammy Award winning
"Clever, well written, expertly arranged original tunes... Top caliber musicians and singers." -
Jon Carroll - Multi-Grammy Award Winning recording artist