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 prize 19 consecutive years from its inception in 1992 to 2011. In 2011, the award was renamed the “Terry Robb" Acoustic Guitar Muddy Award to honor his landmark contributions to blues music. In 2017, he received the Muddy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Robb was born in British Columbia, raised in the United States and 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 24, Robb’s collaboration with Fahey led to producing several of his critically-acclaimed recordings, including Let Go which earned Fahey a four-star review by Rolling Stone.
As an acclaimed producer and session guitarist, Robb has contributed to numerous award-winning projects, including Alice Stuart’s Grammy- and Blues Music Award-nominated album Can’t Find No Heaven. With more than 15 albums under his name, his award-winning, blues-chart topping discography features collaborations with John Fahey, Eddy Clearwater, Maria Muldaur, Ike Willis and Curtis Salgado. He has performed at festivals, theaters and clubs across the United States, Canada and Europe, toured with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, and shared the stage with B.B. King, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley, David Crosby, George Thorogood, Leo Kottke, Johnny Winter and countless more all-stars. He has appeared as a guest of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the NBA Trail Blazers and the Oregon Symphony.
Steeped in Americana ethnomusicology, Robb is a sought-after educator, giving workshops and master classes in fingerstyle and slide guitar at universities, festivals and arts organizations in the United States and Canada. He.has been featured in numerous documentary films, books and articles profiling American roots and blues music and the luminaries with whom he has worked. These include the Hollywood biopic "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" about the late cartoonist John Callahan, the documentary film "Portland Mojo: How Stumptown Got the Blues," and the book Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist.
“One of the best players, on acoustic and electric, embracing a range of blues styles and then some.” - Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine
“Finger gawkers flood to his shows...unquestionably, Robb ranks right up there with the heavy hitters, a player of dazzling skill and technique. He could go to any guitar festival and show them a few chords.” - Frank Matheis, Living Blues “
A bonafide blues guitar star.” – Mark Bialczak, The Post-Standard
“What distinguishes this LP [Let Go by John Fahey] is Robb’s superb production.” - Kurt Loder, Rolling Stone"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." - Ian Zack, Acoustic Guitar
“Eight Acoustic Blues Masters…from classic masters to current blues wizards, here we’ve rounded up an inspiring assembly of blues masters really laying it down on acoustic guitar…Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Tommy Emmanuel...and Terry Robb. – Acoustic Nation, Guitar World
"Much of the blues press places Robb at the top of the heap of acoustic and electric pickers globally....a force to be reckoned with." - Tee Watts, Blues Blast
“From the first listen, Robb's guitar playing can blow you away...he's a favorite player in the Northwest, and a former buddy of John Fahey. Then it all makes sense.” - John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine“
Whether sliding or fingerpicking, his technique is clean and articulate; no matter how busy the material gets...it never sounds crowded or overblown." - Genevieve Williams, Blues Revue
"Much to the delight of the crowd, [Steve] Miller took the stage halfway through the Curtis Salgado-Terry Robb set and joined in on acoustic guitar. He picked some and grinned a lot but mostly seemed content playing rhythm behind Robb's searing blues finger-picking...Robb is a virtuoso on the acoustic blues guitar." - Don Hamilton, The Oregonian