Muddy Bottom Blues
Program #101 (April 14 at 8:00 p.m.)
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.
(story provided by Terry Robb)