Portland-based guitarist Terry Robb will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport.
Robb has been praised by Rolling Stone, Vintage Guitar, Down Beat, Acoustic Guitar, Living Blues, Guitar Player, Blues Blast, Guitar World, Blues Matters, Blues Revue, Oprah's O Magazine and countless more esteemed journals, placing him among the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style landed him in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, and earned him international acclaim from music critics, peers and fans.
In his latest album "Confessin' My Dues," Robb draws on his deep knowledge of Delta blues, ragtime and swing in 13 original compositions ranging from blistering instrumental blues and ragtime fingerpicking to soulful singing backed by a powerhouse rhythm section. From country blues to Coltrane, ragtime to Hendrix, Americana to American Primitivism, Confessin’ My Dues will captivate listeners with its melodic and rhythmic invention and musical virtuosity.
Preview the title song of his latest album:
“Every release that Terry Robb puts out is a cause to celebrate,” says Greg Johnson, president, Cascade Blues Association. “There are not many guitarists in the blues or any genre that you can come by that are as detailed and clever with their creativity. Confessin’ My Dues is yet another example of Terry Robb doing what he does best – leaving us with a sense of awe and joy with every note he plays. It’s a winning formula that continues to lead the pack.”
“Exquisite musicality…unquestionably, Robb ranks right up there with the heavy hitters, a player of dazzling skill and technique…finger gawkers flood to his shows,” says Frank Matheis of Living Blues magazine. “It’s the rare guitarist who can whip off a killer 12-bar blues solo, then turn around fingerpick Travis-style with speed and subtlety,” mused Ian Zack of Acoustic Guitar magazine. And Dan Forte of Vintage Guitar magazine hailed him as “one of the best players, on acoustic and electric, embracing a range of blues styles and then some.”
With more than 15 releases under his name, Robb’s award-winning, blues chart-topping discography features collaborations with steel-string guitar icon John Fahey, Maria Muldaur, Eddy Clearwater, Ike Willis and Curtis Salgado. He has toured nationally with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, shared the stage with B.B. King, John Fahey, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley, David Crosby, George Thorogood, Leo Kottke, Johnny Winter and many more all-stars, and appeared as a guest of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the NBA Trail Blazers and the Oregon Symphony.
An acclaimed record producer, arranger and session guitarist, his work is featured in Hollywood films, documentaries and biographies, such as “The Horse Whisperer,” “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,” and Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist. He produced Alice Stuart’s album Can’t Find No Heaven, nominated for Grammy and Blues Music Awards, and John Fahey’s Let Go which received a four-star review by Rolling Stone. A member of the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, Robb was honored the eponymous “Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar Muddy Award after winning the prize for 19 consecutive years, and in 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Muddy Award.
Terry Robb was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in the United States and resides in Portland, Oregon.
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