Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Producer

Terry Robb has long been considered one of the top acoustic blues guitarists. His dynamic fingerpicking 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 Mississippi 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

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Note: Aug 7th - special guest, Aug 14, 21, 28 - Alan Hager & Katey Angel will cover while I'm in Europe

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News And Announcements

Sunday, 20 July 2014
TERRY ROBB BAND TO PLAY SWITZERLAND'S TENERO MUSIC NIGHTS FESTIVAL 2014

Terry is thrilled to return to Switzerland for the Tenero Music Nights Festival 2014, in partnership with Cross Music Promotion. Joined by all-star musicians Marco Mangelli on bass and Alberto Pavesi on drums, the Terry Robb Band will perform Thursday, August 14th and Terry will perform a solo acoustic concert Sunday, August 17th to close the festival.


Terry Robb at 2009 ValleMaggia Blues Festival, Switzerland


Monday, 14 July 2014
MOULTON FALLS WINERY BLUES FESTIVAL          
Very excited to return to Moulton Falls Winery this Saturday to headline their first blues fe
stival! Other stand-out musicians in the line-up include Blind Ray Blues Revue, Steve Cheseborough, The Fret Tang Nippers with Loren Schulte and Mike Propsom and Tevis Hodge Jr. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades, just 45 minutes north of Portland, join us for great music and wine - plus a benefit fundraiser for NW Battle Buddies and Soldier Songs and Voices. Music from 2-7, doors open at noon. $10. Come out and support your local musicians, winery and our vets!

Tickets available at TicketTomato.com





Wednesday, 04 June 2014
TERRY ROBB TRIO WITH SPECIAL GUEST HANK SHREVE

Soulful blues and swing for you to dance to all night long, Terry Robb, Albert Reda and Dennis Carter with special guest Hank Shreve on harmonica return to Vie de Boheme Fri, June 20th.

If you missed the smokin' hot performance last time, this is your chance to hear Terry and Hank together again - and dance the night away! $12/ $10 CBA members.










Saturday, 10 May 2014
TERRY ROBB FEATURED IN NEW FAHEY BIOGRAPHY

The long awaited biography on John Fahey has finally arrived!  Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey - American Guitarist spans Fahey's life and career, with interviews by friends and colleagues. Author Steve Lowenthal interviewed Terry about his friendship and collaboration with the late, great steel-string guitarist.  The chapter "Let Go" focuses on the Fahey-Robb collaboration that produced the controversial but very successful album "Let Go", a turning point in Fahey's career, and other Fahey albums produced by and featuring Robb.







Monday, 21 April 2014
TERRY ROBB TO PERFORM AT OREGON ART BEAT 15TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT

Wed, April 30th ~ 6pm
Art Beat Main Stage Gallery
3rd Floor, Pioneer Place Mall
Free and all ages

A two-time Oregon Art Beat alum, Terry is honored to celebrate Oregon Art Beat's 15 Year Anniversary Exhibit with a performance at the Art Beat Main Stage Gallery on the 3rd floor of Pioneer Place Mall.

      

Watch an encore presentation of Terry's appearances on Oregon Art Beat:



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  

2003 episode featuring Acoustic Guitar Summit


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


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




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 at Sapolil Cellars 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!









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, 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):

Muddyvishnu
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

INTERVIEW WITH GREEK BLUES SOCIETY

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

READ IT HERE.


 

Thursday, 03 November 2011

TERRY ROBB HONORED BY CBA WITH NAMESAKE AWARD:

"TERRY ROBB BEST 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 introduced in 1992, Terry retired as a competitor in the category of best acoustic guitar, prompting the CBA to rename the 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 and Best Performance of the Year (with the Strat Daddies at Waterfront Blues Festival)
  • 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:

"As a producer, arranger, and sideman, Terry Robb has traveled down some diverse musical paths. He has performed the lullaby and finale from Stravinsky's The Firebird with John Fahey; wafted through Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" with Mark Hanson, Doug Smith, and Paul Chasman in the Acoustic Guitar Summit; and most recently produced a CD for experimental guitarist Phil Kellogg. On this particular night, however, while performing solo at a low-key gig in Beaverton, Oregon, Robb is serving up a strict diet of blues-classics from Son House, Gary Davis, and Blind Blake, along with some fingerpicked originals. "I'm a blues player," says the affable guitarist. "I learned how to play the guitar by listening to blues guys like Charley Patton and Mississippi John Hurt. I play other kinds of music, too, but I always come off sounding bluesy."

Still, Robb's experience with varied musical genres has enhanced his rootsier efforts. The present case in point is Resting Place (Yellow Dog Records), a collection of 13 bedrock American songs recorded at the Sam Phillips Recording Service studio in Memphis, Tennessee. While the feel of the music is familiar, Robb frequently spices the home cooking with outside ingredients. "Like Merle,"a tribute to Merle Travis, combines Travis-style turnarounds with Django-like flourishes. "Cassie," a gently rolling meditation in D, borrows sliding ninth chords from Maurice Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess." ("It's like if you took an old Elizabeth Cotten song and mixed it with Ravel," Robb notes.) In "Knowing What Blues," a Cmin9 chord breaks the ragtime feel and transports the tune to another era. "I came up with that chord and wrote the song around it," he explains.

To Robb, these eclectic touches personalize and invigorate the music. "You make things contemporary when you put your own personality into them," he says. "Ry Cooder always sounded contemporary when he did a Blind Blake song. You've got to put your own personality into it, and that means that you learn the stuff and then you do your own things to it."

Robb demonstrates this onstage, working a standard shuffle in E into a lather of bounding arpeggios and single-string runs that race along over a thumping bass. At another point, he kicks off what sounds like an easy listening rendition of "Hesitation Blues," only to add increasingly complex breaks as the song progresses. "I play a lot of off-time stuff," Robb says. "I play over the bar, and I play odd groups of notes sometimes. I cram them in."

Clearly, Robb is not of the "less is more" school of soloists. "A lot of times, people say that if you're playing a whole bunch of notes, it's not right. Well, I disagree with that," he argues. "I think you can play a whole bunch of notes as long as you mean everything. Charlie Parker played a whole bunch of notes, so did John Coltrane.

"The best approach is to be honest in what you do, no matter how many notes you play, or how few notes you play. It should always mean something. John Lee Hooker is probably one of the simplest sounding players, but what he does with just two notes is very sophisticated. And he tells an incredible story because of it. That's the most important thing-telling your story.""

- Steve Boisson, Acoustic Guitar, March 2006



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 PRAISES "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: 

              

"It's the rare guitarist who can whip off a killer 12-bar blues solo, then turn around and fingerpick Travis-style with speed and subtlety. Yet Portland, Oregon, guitarist and singer Terry Robb does just that-on amplified acoustic, no less-on Resting Place, his first CD for Yellow Dog Records. Robb serves up a tasty picnic of blues guitar styles, moving effortlessly from Memphis to Chicago to North Carolina. On Arthur Crudup's "My Baby Left Me," he picks like Scotty Moore on hyperdrive-and adds just the right amount of Elvis to his throaty vocal. He turns Reverend Gary Davis' "Hesitation Blues" into a fingerpicking tour de force and pulls out a slide for the title track, a funky bottleneck instrumental..."

- Ian Zack, Acoustic Guitar, Nov 2005



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, 28 August 2014 07:00 PM
Stadstradgarden Restaurant & Cafe
Orebro, Sweden

With Blueass Blues Band
Friday, 29 August 2014 09:00 PM
Pace Restaurant & Nightclub
Karlstad, Sweden

With Blueass Blues Band
Saturday, 30 August 2014 09:00 PM
Olme Diversehandel & Kafe
Kirstenhamn, Sweden

With Blueass Blues Band

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