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Terry Robb announces Sandpoint, Newport performances

| March 11, 2020 1:00 AM

Some musicians win awards. Then there are the very few who have awards named after them. Terry Robb — hailed as a blues guitar virtuoso and one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the international scene — is one of those guys. 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 is performing Wednesday, March 11, at DiLuna’s Cafe, 207 Cedar St., in Sandpoint. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, go online to

On Sunday, March 14, Create presents Terry Robb in concert with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the show starting at 6 p.m. Create is located at 900 Fourth St., Newport. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $8 for ages 12 and under. For more information, go online to

On Sunday, March 15, Create presents a workshop by Terry Robb: “Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar: Blues, Ragtime & Slide” at Create Place, 900 Fourth St., Newport. The workshop will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and guitar players of all levels welcome. The cost is $45 per person, or $40 combo with concert ticket. Curriculum is included.

Recognition for Robb’s artistry doesn’t stop with the award being renamed in his honor. The Oregon Music Hall of Famer has been praised by “Rolling Stone”, “Acoustic Guitar”, “Down Beat”, “Guitar Player” and Oprah’s “O Magazine” to name a few — all extolling his talents as a finger-picker, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He’s 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’s released fifteen acclaimed albums — he’s 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.

“Robb demonstrates’ blues expansiveness, and his own versatility, not on a travelogue of covers, but in an album of originals,” mused Dan Forte of Vintage Guitar magazine. “And it’s difficult to think of anyone who could pull that off as well...In Terry Robb’s hands, it not only makes perfect sense, it makes perfect blues sense.” “Simply breathtaking perfection,” exclaimed Frank Matheis of Living Blues magazine. “He’s not just technically sublime; he plays with unrestrained passion you will feel deep down inside.”

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,” lauded 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.”

Robb is an acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, singer, composer, arranger and record producer. His work is featured in Hollywood films, documentaries and biographies, such as Game of Thrones, The Horse Whisperer, and Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist. He is associated with the American Primitive Guitar genre through his collaborations with Fahey, and is regarded as a virtuoso of acoustic blues guitar. In his multi-decade career, Robb has released 15 acclaimed albums as a solo artist, and performed at festivals and concert halls across the United States, Canada and Europe.