Terry Robb

Resting Place

Yellow Dog Records YDR 1177

Terry Robb, guitar and vocals; Willie Hall, drums; Charlie Wood, piano; and Paul Taylor, bass.

Portland based Terry Robb recorded this CD in Memphis, Tennessee, with three of that city's most illustrious musicians. Robb carved out a reputation as a result of his collaboration with John Fahey in the 1980s and various other ventures including producing a song for the movie "The Horse Whisperer." He has won the Cascade Blues Association's prestigious Muddy Award a record sixteen times and was invited to perform with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

The opening track, "My Baby Left Me," is an upbeat cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's rockabilly tune that has a wonderful drum accompaniment. Robb's vocals on "My Mind Is Trying to Leave Me" are pleasantly smooth on this slow tune which is also distinguished for his Jazz-infused guitar solo. Robb shows fervor in his vocals on "Louise" as well as an expressive acoustic guitar rendering. The title cut, "Resting Place," is a delightful instrumental experimentation showcasing Robb's melodious approach on the National steel guitar and nice support by pianist Wood. Robb's fluid fingerpicking abilities are well on display on several tunes, most notably "Madison Ave. Shuffle" and "Like Merle." His cover of Chuck Berry's "Back to Memphis" is a foot-stomping piece with witty vocalizing and an exhilarating ride on lap steel guitar. The infectious melody of "Lonely Avenue" is enhanced by Robb's beguiling vocal approach. He digs deep into John Fahey's mournful instrumental "Joe Kirby Blues" with distinction. The album concludes with a tasteful version of "My Sweet Potato."

Robb's acoustic guitar work is astonishingly original with impeccable backing by the band.

This CD is worthy of repeated listening and the artistic breadth of Robb's playing will amaze guitar enthusiasts.

by Dorothy L. Hill

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