Blues guitarist Terry Robb returns to Palindrome

By Kirk Boxleitner
Posted 4/10/24



Saturday, May 4, sees award-winning blues guitarist Terry Robb return at 7:30 p.m. to The Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, at 1893 S. Jacob Miller Rd., for the first time …

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Blues guitarist Terry Robb returns to Palindrome




Saturday, May 4, sees award-winning blues guitarist Terry Robb return at 7:30 p.m. to The Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, at 1893 S. Jacob Miller Rd., for the first time since last summer, after having performed at a number of other venues throughout Port Townsend in years prior.

Robb was born in British Columbia, so Port Townsend has always reminded him of the city of Victoria, for its scenic waterfront charms, just as he’s returning to The Palindrome because he’s enjoyed working as part of Rainshadow Recording’s concert series.

“The people who run it are fabulous, and it’s a wonderful intimate concert setting, with a great sound system,” Robb said.

Robb not only resides in Portland, Oregon, but he’s also been inducted into the respective Oregon Music and Cascade Blues Association Halls of Fame, after winning the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar for 19 consecutive years, from its inception in 1992.

The award was eventually renamed the Terry Robb Acoustic Guitar Muddy Award in 2011, to honor Robb’s landmark contributions to blues music, before he received the Muddy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017.

To that end, although Robb has said his signature fingerpicking style incorporates elements of Delta blues, ragtime, country, swing and jazz, The Leader asked him if his native Pacific Northwest has a regional blues sound all its own.

“Oh, I think so,” Robb said. “I’ve played various places, including across America, Canada and throughout Europe, but what’s funny about Portland and Eugene, Oregon, is that Reed College used to draw a lot of different blues musicians to the area, like John Fahey and Muddy Waters, on their way to wherever else it was that they were going, during this period in the 1960s when blues was already having a bit of a revival.”

Given how “folky” Robb credited Portland’s musical character with already being, not to mention how the 1960s was when he was a kid getting into music, he sees the region’s scene as having helped indelibly flavor his style of guitar-playing as “bluesy,” however many other diverse influences he’s drawn from.

Indeed, over the course of a prolific music career spanning four decades, Robb has had no shortage of potential influences to draw from, having performed at an early age with Ramblin’ Rex of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart fame, and the aforementioned steel--string guitarist John Fahey.

At the age of 24, Robb’s collaboration with Fahey led him to produce several of Fahey’s critically--acclaimed recordings, including “Let Go,” which earned Fahey a four-star review by Rolling Stone.

With more than 15 albums under his own name, Robb’s discography has since come to include not only further collaborations with Fahey, but also tours with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, as well as sharing stages with B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley, David Crosby and George Thorogood.

Robb’s latest album, “Confessin’ My Dues,” garnered him a 2020 Blues Music Award nomination for Acoustic Blues Album, and he’s appeared as a guest of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the Oregon Symphony.

Robb was even presented with the Funston Terry Robb Signature guitar, handmade by acclaimed luthier Bernard Funston at his shop in Sydney, British Columbia.

Tickets for Robb’s May 4 show at The Palindrome are available at online, or at the door.

For more information, call Matt Miner at 503-484-8196.