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."
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
Japan-one month as featured performer at Blue Note; extensive
concerts throughout country