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 over 40 year music career.
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 over 19 consecutive years from 1992 until 2011. Upon his retirement from the competition in 2011, the award was changed to 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, an album which Rolling Stone gave four stars.
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, Robert Cray, Leo Kottke, Rick Wakeman and more.
- Featured in Guitar World article on "Eight Acoustic Blues Masters"
- Special Guest of "Oregon Art Beat" 15th Anniversary Celebration
- 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"
1992 – 2010
- CBA Muddy Award: Best Acoustic Guitar (19 consecutive years from introduction of category in 1992 until retiring from competition in 2011)
- Inducted into Oregon Music Hall of Fame
- CBA Muddy Award: Best New Album – Resting Place, recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Studios, reaches #9 on Living Blues charts (Yellow Dog Records)
- Produced Alice Stuart’s Can’t Find No Heaven nominated for Grammy and Handy Awards
- Produced John Fahey song featured in Academy Award-nominated film "The Horse Whisperer"
- Oregon Symphony guest soloist
- National tour with Steve Miller Band
- Stop This World reaches #1 on Living Blues charts (Burnside Records)
- Guest of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" with Curtis Salgado and Steve Miller
- National tour with Buddy Guy
- Founding member of Acoustic Guitar Summit
- Inducted into CBA Hall of Fame
- Special guest 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" (four stars) by Rolling Stone