Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music career spanning more than four decades.
The multitude of awards Terry Robb has received speak to his seminal talent as a blues guitarist. Robb has been inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. He single-handedly defined the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar, winning the honor 19 consecutive years from 1992 until 2011. Upon his retirement from the competition in 2011, the award was renamed the “Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar” Muddy Award to honor his landmark contributions to blues music.
Robb was born in British Columbia, raised in the United States and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He achieved greatness at an early age, performing with Ramblin’ Rex of Frank Zappa / Captain Beefheart fame, Canned Heat’s Henry Vestine, and steel string guitar icon John Fahey. At age twenty-four Robb’s collaboration with Fahey included producing several of his critically-acclaimed recordings, including Let Go which received a four-star review by Rolling Stone.
As an acclaimed producer and session guitarist Robb has contributed to many award-winning projects, including Alice Stuart’s Grammy- and W.C. Handy-nominated album, Can’t Find No Heaven. He went on to collaborate with Eddy Clearwater, Maria Muldaur, Ike Willis, Curtis Salgado, Glen Moore, toured with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, and has performed with B.B. King, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley, Robert Cray, George Thorogood, Leo Kottke, Rick Wakeman and many more all-stars.
Steeped in Americana ethnomusicology, Robb has been featured in numerous documentary films, books and articles profiling American roots and blues music and the luminaries with whom he has worked, such as the 2007 film Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel about the late cartoonist John Callahan, the 2010 film Portland Mojo: How Stumptown Got the Blues, and the 2014 book Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist.
- Blues Blast Music Award nominee: Best Acoustic Album - Cool on the Bloom
- Faculty, Britt Festival Guitar Weekend
- Featured in Guitar World Magazine article on "Eight Acoustic Blues Masters"
- Featured interview in Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist
- Featured interview and performance in documentary film In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
- Cascade Blues Association (CBA) Namesake Muddy Award: "Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar"
- Featured interview in documentary film Portland Mojo: How Stumptown Got the Blues
1992 – 2010
- CBA Muddy Award: Best Acoustic Guitar (19 consecutive years from inception until retiring from competition in 2011)
- Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee
- Featured interview and performance in documentary film about cartoonist John Callahan, Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel
- CBA Muddy Award: Best New Album – Resting Place, recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Studios, reaches #9 on Living Blues charts (Yellow Dog Records)
1993 – 2005
- House producer, Burnside Records
- Produced Alice Stuart’s Can’t Find No Heaven nominated for Grammy and W.C. Handy Awards
- Produced John Fahey song featured in Academy Award-nominated film The Horse Whisperer
- Oregon Symphony guest soloist
1984 – 1998
- Resident session guitarist, Oregon Catholic Press (OCP)
- Stop This World reaches #1 on Living Blues charts (Burnside Records)
- National tour with Steve Miller Band
- Guest of NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- National tour with Buddy Guy
- CBA Hall of Fame Inductee
- Guest soloist of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers
- Featured on Emmy-Award winning Claymation Christmas T.V. program and soundtrack
- Produced John Fahey’s Let Go rated "Very Good" by Rolling Stone