BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC
Music: “Madison Ave. Shuffle”
Album: RESTING PLACE
Artist: Terry Robb
Artist Location: Portland, Oregon
Record Label: Yellow Dog Records
Record Label Location: Memphis, Tennessee
“TERRY ROBB has been praised by ROLLING STONE, VINTAGE GUITAR, DOWN BEAT, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, LIVING BLUES, GUITAR PLAYER, BLUES BLAST, GUITAR WORLD, BLUES MATTERS, BLUES REVUE, OPRAH’S O MAGAZINE and countless more esteemed journals, placing him among the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style landed him in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and earned him international acclaim from music critics, peers and fans. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta, ragtime, country, swing and jazz, Robb is a dynamic live performer with an unmistakable one-man-band sound.
“‘Exquisite musicality … unquestionably, Robb ranks right up there with the heavy hitters, a player of dazzling skill and technique … finger gawkers flood to his shows,” says Frank Matheis of LIVING BLUES magazine.
“‘It’s the rare guitarist who can whip off a killer 12-bar blues solo, then turn around fingerpick Travis-style with speed and subtlety,’ mused Ian Zack of ACOUSTIC GUITAR magazine.”
“‘Acoustic Blues with a contemporary edge’ from twenty-time winner (actually, we’ve lost count a while back) of the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award.”
“Guitar virtuoso Terry Robb – multiple winner of the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Award – is one of the most heralded players of the flourishing Pacific Northwest blues scene. Resting Place, his debut album with Yellow Dog Records, features well-chosen covers that compliment Robb’s originals, echoing a broad swath of roots legends such as Merle Travis, Joe Callicott, Reverend Gary Davis, Lightning Hopkins, and John Fahey.
“Robb traveled to Memphis for a dream recording session with engineer Roland Janes (Jerry Lee Lewis) — linchpin of hundreds of Sun Records and Sam Phillips recording sessions. Anchoring the date were some of Memphis’ finest: drummer Willie Hall (Isaac Hayes, The Blues Brothers, The Bo-Keys), bassist Paul Taylor (North Mississippi Allstars), and keyboard man Charlie Wood (B.B. King, The Bo-Keys).
“Combined with solo tracks showcasing Robb’s phenomenal fingerpicking, the resulting album is a tour-de-force of acoustic blues guitar.”
“Yellow Dog Records carries the living lore of authentic American music into the present. Featuring new interpretations of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and Americana styles by established and emerging artists, Yellow Dog Records is where innovation confronts tradition. What’s left after the collision? Inspired explorations of America’s musical roots.”
Price: $1 (USD) for track; $8 (USD) for 13-track album
Genre: Instrumental Blues.