Some musicians win awards. Then there are the very few who have awards named after them. Guitar virtuoso Terry Robb is one of the latter. The Vancouver-born, Portland-based bluesman took home the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar so many times that the Cascade Blues Association finally broke down and attached his name to the trophy permanently.
Robb will demonstrate the musical chops that earned him this honor when he steps on stage at the Lincoln City Cultural Center this Saturday, Nov. 23.
But recognition for Robb’s artistry doesn’t stop with the Cascade Blues Association. This Oregon Music Hall of Famer has been praised by Rolling Stone, Acoustic Guitar, Down Beat, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Living Blues and Oprah’s O Magazine, extolling his talents as a finger-picker, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He has toured the country with Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Robin Trowrer and John Fahey; appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brien; dazzled the crowd at the Rose Garden during Portland Trail Blazers games; and collaborated with the Oregon Symphony. During his multi-decade run in the spotlight — one in which he has released 15 acclaimed albums — he has shown himself to be a master of nearly every blues style and technique imaginable.
And there’s no better representation of his mastery than “Confessin’ My Dues.” The 13-track collection of original tunes draws on influences as varied as country blues to Coltrane, ragtime to Hendrix and Americana to American Primitivism. Released May 31 to worldwide acclaim, the album soared to the Billboard Blues Album Chart, Living Blues Radio Report, Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart and the UK’s International Blues Broadcasters Album Chart.
From his Pacific Northwest tour with Robin Trower to his main stage performance at the 2019 Waterfront Blues Festival, Robb delivers blistering live performances on his “Confessin’ My Dues” Tour.
“One of the hottest acts I have seen in some time,” said Greg Johnson, president of the Cascade Blues Association. “‘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.”
A dynamic, unforgettable guitar virtuoso, Robb has redefined acoustic blues guitar with his signature fingerpicking style. His unique blues sound, incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and jazz, has made him a legend among blues musicians in a prolific music career spanning four decades.
Born in British Columbia, Robb started in blues early, performing with Ramblin’ Rex of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart fame, Canned Heat’s Henry Vestine and steel-string guitar icon John Fahey. At the age of 24, he produced and played accompaniment on Fahey’s album “Let Go,” which garnered a four-star review by Rolling Stone and led to numerous collaborations for which Robb served as Fahey’s producer, arranger and guitar accompanist. As an acclaimed producer and session guitarist, Robb has contributed to countless award-winning projects.
For his Lincoln City performance, Robb will be joined on stage by Aaron Gibson, a singer-songwriter, recording artist and bassist who has been creating music since childhood. Through the course of three albums, 24 videos and 10 singles, Gibson has evoked emotion and captured the imagination of listeners with his deeply personal songs.
Saturday’s concert will start at 7 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Tickets, $10 to $22, are available at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.