Terry Robb

Acoustic Guitar Master

 Roots with a contemporary edge, looking forward.

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«Oregon Music Hall of Fame»


«Cascade Blues Association

Hall of Fame»


«Cascade Blues Association

"Terry Robb Acoustic Guitar"

Muddy Award»

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Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Producer

Terry Robb has long been considered one of the top acoustic blues guitarists. His dynamic finger-picking style and ability to sound like a hard, yet sophisticated, band all within a solo performance have amazed audiences worldwide and earned him international acclaim. His ensemble playing showcases sheets of sound with lightning-fast soloing of adventurist improvisation.

From absorbing music from the great delta, ragtime and country artists, from swing to free jazz, Terry’s foundation is the blues but his influences and music are diverse, always possessing a personal feel unto himself: Roots with a contemporary edge, looking forward.  » Full Bio

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Terry Robb Acoustic Duo with Albert Reda

Every Thursday 8-11

Halibuts II Cocktails & Blues

2525 NE Alberta Street, Portland OR



News And Announcements

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

"WHEN I PLAY MY BLUES GUITAR" RE-RELEASE BY ALLEGRO MEDIA GROUP




We are pleased to announce the 2014 re-release of Terry's solo acoustic blues and ragtime guitar album by Allegro Media Group. Originally released by Burnside Records in 2002, "When I Play My Blues Guitar" is repackaged with new photos and available online at Allegro and Amazon's Terry Robb Store.

This time-tested classic is worthy
of repeated listening, and is the quintessential Terry Robb album establishing him as one of the top acoustic blues guitarists.

"Robb hands in a set of effective playing...His playing on Tommy Johnson's 'Bye and Bye', or on Furry Lewis' 'Judge Boushay Blues' is stellar..."
Living Blues




Monday, 10 March 2014

ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE: TERRY ROBB TRIO WITH SPECIAL GUESTS PAUL CHASMAN AND LAUREN SHEEHAN

Terry Robb, Paul Chasman, Lauren Sheehan and friends will host an Acoustic Showcase of blues, ragtime, swing, bluegrass, Americana, old timey music and more at Tony Starlight's Supperclub & Lounge. Join them for an intimate evening of great food, drinks and traditional and original songs performed by some of Portland's finest musicians!

$15, reservations required at 503-517-8584






Saturday, 08 March 2014

TERRY ROBB ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERT AT WALLA WALLA GUITAR FESTIVAL SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH



Terry will perform his signature acoustic showcase concert from 12 - 1:45pm on Sat, March 15th on the main stage at the 3rd Annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival.






Saturday, 01 February 2014

"HYMN" NOW AVAILABLE FROM OREGON CATHOLIC PRESS



Terry's second collaboration with Oregon Catholic Press is his latest release, Hymn, a 12-song collection of solo acoustic guitar instrumentals offering distinctive renditions of traditional and contemporary hymns and spirituals. Terry's signature finger-picking style brings a unique sound to every song on the album. Often referred to as American primitivism, this transitional style ranges between country blues and early 20th century string-band music. Bringing this inventive, artistic style to newly arranged medleys of traditional and contemporary hymns, Terry offers distinctive interpretations of time-tested classics.

Tracks:
In Every Age | Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley | Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho | Turn Our Hearts | Medley: When I Lay My Burden Down/Peace Like a River/At the Cross I Watch and Pray | The Summons | Gaude Virgo | Center of My Life | This Little Light of Mine | Pastures of the Lord | Were You There | Sacred Silence

Hymn is available for purchase online through Oregon Catholic Press, including individual MP3 downloads, and through the Oregon Catholic Press Winter catalog.




Sunday, 17 November 2013

ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE OFFERS GLOWING REVIEW OF "O, CHRISTMAS THREE"

      

The December issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine includes a review of the Acoustic Guitar Summit's holiday album, "O Christmas Three"released Christmas 2012 by Accent on Music.

"This festive offering is as rich and heady as a rum-spiked eggog laced with varied spices. There are traditionals...and arresting originals...The pieces are all stand-outs, but perhaps the most unusual are Robb originals "Christmas in Istanbul," with its Middle-Eastern, Latin, and swing elements, and "Lowdown Christmas," which drips with bluesy holiday angst. Christmas albums often wear out their welcome quickly. This masterful album, which glows with all the jeweled tones of the season, is not just for the holidays but for any day of the year." - Céline Keating, Acoustic Guitar

PURCHASE THE ALBUM HERE.



Friday, 08 November 2013

ALAN HAGER WINS 2013 "TERRY ROBB ACOUSTIC GUITAR" MUDDY AWARD!

Terry had the pleasure of presenting this year's Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar to his friend Alan at the CBA Muddy Awards Banquet held at the Melody Ballroom. This is the second year in a row that Alan has won the award. Congrats, Alan!





Saturday, 06 July 2013

ROBB/WALKER BAND INTERVIEW WITH OREGON MUSIC NEWS




Following their performance at the 2013 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Music Hall of Fame members Terry Robb and Calvin Walker talk with Tom D'Antoni about their new Robb/Walker Band with Dennis Carter, John Pounds and Ron Reagan.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE.


Sunday, 19 May 2013

ALBERT LEE WITH SPECIAL GUEST TERRY ROBB AT ALBERTA ROSE THEATER

      

Legendary British country-rock guitarist and Grammy Award-winner, Albert Lee has toured and recorded with Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers, and even was a member of The Crickets. Emmylou Harris calls Albert Lee "a brilliant guitar player. His sound is unmistakable—often emulated, never equaled."  Portland guitarist extraordinaire Terry Robb opens the show.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Doors open at 7:00 PM.

$25 Advance | $28 at the Door

            
 
Thursday, 23 August 2012

TERRY ROBB FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT JOHN FAHEY

As a close friend and colleague of the late John Fahey, Terry is featured in a new documentary film about Fahey entitled "In Search of Blind Joe Death - The Saga of John Fahey" set to release Fall of 2012.

Other films in which Terry has been featured include the 2010 documentary film "Portland Mojo: How Stumptown Got the Blues" and the 2005 documentary film "Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel" about the late John Callahan, cartoonist and long time friend of Terry's. Terry produced and played on Callahan's 2006 album "Purple Winos in the Rain."

 

Saturday, 14 July 2012
TERRY ROBB A "BONAFIDE BLUES GUITAR STAR" AT NEW YORK STATE BLUES FESTIVAL




Terry was a guest of West coast blues harp legend Mitch Kashmar at the 2012 New York State Blues Festival in Syracuse, NY.

According to The Post-Standard, "the best thing about Kashmar's set was that he knew he had a bonafide blues guitar star at his side. Terry Robb showed off fire and ice in his riffs and licks on the moody instrumental "Idle Moments". He sang, too, as he and Kashmar shared some train whistle blues and a honeybee buzz."

READ THE FULL COMMENTARY HERE.




Monday, 25 June 2012

TERRY ROBB INTERVIEWED FOR "MUSIC ON THE COUCH: MUSICIANS YOU SHOULD KNOW"

     

Terry talks with Vinnie Bond Marini about his electric band album, Muddyvishnu, his childhood and musical influences, and finishes by playing songs from Muddyvishnu.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE HERE.



Tuesday, 05 June 2012

"PUDDLETOWN BLUES" BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND



"Puddletown Blues, Vol. 2" is now available from the Cascade Blues Association!

 Vol. 2 is the long-awaited follow-up album to the Muddy Award and Portland Music Award-nominated "Puddletown Blues, Vol. 1" released in 2011. Like Vol. 1, Puddletown Blues, Vol. 2 features local blues musicians and was produced by Terry Robb. A proceed of sales will benefit an emergency fund for local musicians. Be sure to show your support of the CBA and local musicians by picking up a copy!



Tuesday, 24 April 2012

TERRY ROBB INTERVIEWED BY OREGON MUSIC NEWS ABOUT "MUDDYVISHNU"



Terry talks with Tom D'Antoni about his high-energy electric band album, Muddyvishnu, practicing, technique, composing music and his acoustic guitar band improvisation.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE.



Tuesday, 17 April 2012

MUDDYVISHNU RELEASE BY PSYCHEDELTA RECORDS

PsycheDelta Records is pleased to announce the release of Terry Robb's much anticipated new album, "Muddyvishnu," a high-energy electric and acoustic CD showcasing the Oregon Music Hall of Fame member and multiple Muddy Award winner's powerful guitar playing. Mixing blues to jazz rock, Muddyvishnu is best described as Muddy Waters meets Mahavishnu.

The album includes mostly all orginal instrumentals and features Terry's electic band, including Adam Scramstad, Dave Kahl, and Jeff Minnick, as well as Greg Fisher, Randy Smith, Bobby Torres, Albert Reda, Dennis Carter and the late John Callahan, with cover artwork by Terry's friend and mentor, John Fahey.

Chip Eagle of Blues Revue magazine writes, "[Muddyvishnu] is so complex that you can’t speak of it in such simple terms, but in terms of feel you can be very simple because it feels good. Terry knows how to convey feelings with his tools and through each song he tells a story using each note as a word...Robb is one of the cleanest guitarists with such melodic runs that even when he runs wild, its roots are thick as the redwoods or murky as Muddy’s waters."

"This is an incredible recording by Terry Robb that displays his adeptness behind all things guitar. Muddyvishnu is a mostly instrumental album and explores realms far beyond just the blues. It reaches into the heavens on tracks that sound like they have been lifted directly from the solar system." -- Greg Johnson, President of Cascade Blues Association. READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

For more about Muddyvishnu, see the following media items:

Muddyvishnu (title track):





 
Wednesday, 11 April 2012

INTERVIEW WITH GREEK BLUES SOCIETY


Guitarist, composer, producer Terry Robb talks with Michalis Limnios of the Greek Blues Society about Canned Heat, John Fahey, his label Pyschedelta and Buddy Guy.

READ IT HERE.


 

Thursday, 03 November 2011

TERRY ROBB HONORED BY CBA WITH NAMESAKE MUDDY AWARD:

"TERRY ROBB ACOUSTIC GUITAR" MUDDY AWARD

After winning the Cascade Blues Association (CBA) Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar an unprecedented 19 consecutive years, making Terry the only musician to win the award since the category was created in 1992, Terry retired as a competitor in the category of best acoustic guitar, prompting the CBA to rename the Muddy Award in his honor.  At the 23rd annual Muddy Awards, Terry had the pleasure of presenting the "Terry Robb Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar" to its first recipient, Mary Flower. Congratulations, Mary!

Here is a listing of Terry's CBA Muddy Awards and Honors:

  • 2011 - Honoree of the "Terry Robb Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar"
  • 2010 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2009 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2008 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2007 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2006 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2005 - Best Acoustic Guitar and Best New Album (Resting Place)
  • 2004 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2003 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2002 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 2001 - Best Acoustic Guitar and Best New Album (CBA Muddy Hall of Fame produced by Terry Robb)
  • 2000 - Best Acoustic Guitar and Best Traditional Act (Terry Robb Trio)
  • 1999 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 1998 - Best Acoustic Guitar and CBA Music Hall of Fame inductee
  • 1997 - Best Acoustic Guitar and Best Traditional Act (Terry Robb Trio)
  • 1996 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 1995 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 1994 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 1993 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 1992 - Best Acoustic Guitar
  • 1991 - Best Traditional Blues Player

 

Friday, 15 January 2010

TERRY ROBB FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY FILM "PORTLAND MOJO: HOW PORTLAND GOT THE BLUES"



Along with other Portland blues greats, Terry was interviewed and featured in the 2010 documentary film about Portland, Oregon and the blues. Check it out here.


Saturday, 17 October 2009

TERRY ROBB INDUCTED INTO OREGON MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Terry received the honor of being inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame at the 3rd annual award ceremony held October 17 at The Roselend. See a featured article about Terry and this honor in the Portland-based publication Mid-County Memo. 


Wednesday, 15 March 2006

TERRY ROBB FEATURED IN PRESTIGIOUS ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

Steve Boisson interviewed Terry for the "Roots" section of the March 2006 issue, remarking that the "veteran guitarist takes a "more is more" approach by incorporating Django Reinhardt flourishes, Impressionist harmonies, and jazzy modes into his country-blues picking." 


Roots
Terry Robb. The veteran guitarist takes a "more is more" approach by incorporating Django Reinhardt flourishes, Impressionist harmonies, and jazzy modes into his country-blues picking. By Steve Boisson. - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Magazine/Issues/159#sthash.PeBJ5N3g.dpuf
Tuesday, 15 November 2005

ACOUSTIC GUITAR REVIEWS "RESTING PLACE" BY TERRY ROBB

The November 2005 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features a review of Terry's latest album "Resting Place" from Memphis' Yellow Dog Records and finds that "Robb's experience with varied musical genres enhances his rootsier efforts." 

              


Thursday, 20 November 2003

ACOUSTIC GUITAR SUMMIT INTERVIEWED FOR OPB'S "OREGON ART BEAT"

       

The four original members of Acoustic Guitar speak about their musical influences, what draws them together, and what distinguishes them from each other. The interview includes solo and ensemble performances from their annual holiday concert.

"Four virtuoso guitar wizards - Doug Smith, Paul Chasman, Mark Hanson and Terry Robb - get together once a year to play a special December concert called the Acoustic Guitar Summit. Their fun concerts feature a wide range of music from jazz to folk, from the subtle to blistering guitar licks." - Tom D'Antoni, Oregon Art Beat

WATCH THE INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCES HERE. 


Thursday, 22 February 2001

TERRY ROBB FEATURED IN OPB'S "OREGON ART BEAT" TV PROGRAM

       

Terry was interviewed by Oregon Art Beat's Tom D'Antoni about his musical influences and latest Big Band album on Burnside Record, Heart Made of Steel. The interview includes footage of his big band playing a concert at Portland's Viscount Ballroom, an acoustic performance with his longtime bass player, Albert Reda, and a performance of his electric band at The Candlelight Room.

"Follow Terry Robb’s journey as a musician. Influenced by his uncle who played swing guitar and the thriving music scene of the sixties and seventies, Terry began playing guitar as a kid. His musical talents thrive in many forms: playing solo acoustic guitar or in a duet with bass, he also has an electric band and most recently performs acoustic guitar with brass. He has his own guitar school where he shares his gift for making music." - Tom D'Antoni

WATCH THE INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE HERE.



Wednesday, 30 July 1997

TERRY ROBB AND CURTIS SALGADO PERFORM WITH STEVE MILLER ON "LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN"

             

While touring with Steve Miller and promoting their 1997 album Hit and Quit It, Terry Robb and Curtis Salgado scored a spot on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" with very special guest Steve Miller.

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE HERE.


Upcoming Gigs
Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:00 PM
Halibuts II Cocktails and Blues
2525 NE Alberta St Portland, OR 97211
No cover charge
Acoustic duo with Albert Reda
Friday, 25 April 2014 08:00 PM
The Muddy Rudder Public House
8105 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
No cover charge
Acoustic duo with Lauren Sheehan
Saturday, 26 April 2014 07:00 PM
Sip D'Vine
7829 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR 97219
$2 cover.
Acoustic solo show

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