Tim Williams and Terry Robb
Tim Williams is a blues-based singer / songwriter / multi - instrumentalist. He is a 40 year veteran of the 'Roots' music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60's. Settling in Canada in 1970, Tim is a studio musician, producer, and a performer in constant demand. He has played Folk / Blues / Jazz festivals and concert halls and clubs from Halifax, to Vancouver Island, to the Yukon. Inspired by the Hillbilly and Western Swing music he heard as a child, Tim absorbed late Fifties Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, Hawaiian and Mexican music, early Sixties Folk, and Bluegrass “like a sponge” before discovering a passion for traditional blues styles which was fueled by seeing many first generation blues musicians live during the “Blues Boom” of the mid and late Sixties.” Tim's win at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis as Best Solo or Duo, and Best Guitarist (solo or duo), are just the latest accolades in a career entering its fifth decade. Visit Tim's Website
Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim and world-wide recognition by music critics, audiences and his own peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music career spanning more than four decades.
The multitude of awards Terry has received speaks to his seminal talent as a blues guitarist. He has been inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. He single-handedly defined the Muddy Waters Award for Best Acoustic Guitar, winning the honor 19 consecutive years, from 1992 until 2011. Upon his retirement from the competition in 2011, the award was named the "Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar" Muddy Award to honor his landmark contricutions to blues music.
Terry was born in British Columbia, raised in the United States and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He achieved greatness at an early age, performing with Ramblin' Rex of Frank Zappa / Captain Beefheart fame, Canned Heat's Henry Vestine and steel string guitar icon John Fahey. At the age of 24, Robb produced and played accompaniment on Fahey's 1984 release "Let Go", which received a four-star review by Rolling Stone and let to numerous subsequent collaborations for which Robb served as Fahey's producer and session guitarist.
With more than 15 releases under his name, Robb's recordings feature many award winning collaborations. He has toured internationally sharing the stage with such artists as Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, BB King, Joe Cocker, Leo Kottke and many more all-stars. Visit Terry's Website
The Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant and bar, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm. Please note this is a listening venue.