Acoustic Guitar Master
Roots with a contemporary edge, looking forward.
«Oregon Music Hall of Fame»
«Cascade Blues Association
Hall of Fame»
«Cascade Blues Association
"Terry Robb Acoustic Guitar"
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___________________________________________________________________________________
Terry Robb Acoustic Duo with Albert Reda
Every Thursday 8-11
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News And Announcements
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
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.
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
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, 01 February 2014
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.
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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."
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
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 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
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.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:00 PM
Friday, 25 April 2014 08:00 PM
Saturday, 26 April 2014 07:00 PM
7829 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR 97219
Acoustic solo show