Acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Terry Robb will return to the Oregon Coast this Saturday, Oct. 13, for an intimate evening concert at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts.
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.
Robb has shared the stage with stars including B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley and many more. His recordings feature collaborations with artists such as Eddy Clearwater, Maria Muldaur, Ike Willis, Curtis Salgado and Glenn Moore.
Since the release of his Living Blues chart-topping “Stop This World” in 1996, Robb has toured the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, from Alaska to Arizona and New England to the Carolinas, and Western Europe as a solo artist.
Robb has been inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues Association (CBA) Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar by the CBA for 19 consecutive years — from inception of the award category in 1992 until it was renamed the “Terry Robb” Muddy Award for Acoustic Guitar in 2011, which is presented annually to a Pacific Northwest guitarist. In 2017, the CBA presented him the Muddy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Saturday’s concert will start at 7 pm at 594 Laneda Avenue, with tickets $10 at the door.