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When Terry Garland sings the blues the listener is drawn into a new dimension of reality. The artist's impassioned songs, rare musical insight and depth make him one of the most innovative and praised blues musicians of the 1990s. Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, Terry's musical roots were pioneered by forefathers of the blues. During his youth he studied the sounds of Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Blind Willie McTell, Howlin' Wolf, and Lightnin' Hopkins who inspired him to follow his calling. "They played the blues on guitar or piano, just themselves. They were the music. Just a voice and an instrument."

Terry Garland : Trouble In MindHe spent many years playing guitar in a string of rhythm and blues touring bands. A major turning point in Terry's career occurred when he opened a show for Leon Russell. This was his first solo performance and there was no turning back. Terry knew then that he must continue to "express my feelings with the blues." 

After developing a catalog of songs and deciding which songs worked solo, Terry took his "own style" of blues to his audiences. He features country and delta blues covers complemented by spirited originals. A master slide and acoustic guitarist, Terry's meticulous finger-pricing and driving percussive foot-stomping unites with his vocal prowess creating an evocative, engaging transformation. 

A seasoned entertainer and reputed true-blues troubadour, Terry Garland continues to spread his blues worldwide. Terry smiles when he quotes the words of blues veteran, John Lee Hooker, "It's in me and it's gotta' come out!" Terry's fifth CD, "Whistling in the Dark", was just released on 9/20/2006. This record is Terry's first all-original endeaver. 

Terry Garland Career Highlights

  • Europe-nineteen tours
  • Japan-one month as featured performer at Blue Note; extensive concerts throughout country
  • Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (View a video of the performance.)
  • Back to the Roots Magazine-appeared on January 2004 cover
  • Austin, Texas-recorded and performed extensively
  • Detroit Blues Festival
  • Sacramento Blues Festival
  • For Lauderdale Blues Festival-twice
  • SXSW Festival-twice
  • Handzame Blues Festival
  • Belgian Rhythm and Blues Festival
  • Virginia Highlands Festival-twice
  • Great Eastern Blues Festival-twice
  • Syracuse Blues Festival
  • Blues at the Beach-Virginia Beach
  • Eureka Blues Festival-several times
  • Philadelphia Folk Festival-twice
Numerous listening rooms, including:
  • Godfrey Daniel’s-Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Caffe Lena-New York
  • Bamboo Room-Lake Worth, Florida
  • Fogartyville-Bradenton, Florida
  • Down Home-Johnson City, Tn.
  • Mexicali Blues-Teaneck, NJ
  • Featured performer at grand opening of “The Mint” and “Dynamite Lounge” in Sun Valley, Idaho at personal request of owner Bruce Willis
  • Four internationally acclaimed CD’s
Featured in the following books:
  • “Blues:Keeping the Faith Alive” by Keith Shadwick
  • “All Music Guide to the Blues” by Michael Erlewine
  • “The Big Book of Blues” by Robert Santelli