Alice Terry sounds like she’s had three husbands and killed them all.
Terry began life singing classical, jazz, music theatre but was beckoned by the Dark Lady of Blues when she fronted her first touring Blues Band at the tender age of 17. Terry found early and great success performing gigs such as Narooma Blues, Thredbo Blues and Moruya Jazz Festivals – at which she held her own with the vocal veterans in the game.
It took ten years between those early shows and the release of her debut album, during which she became one of the hardest working musicians in the game. Terrys debut single Emotion, released July 2018, went to number one on the iTunes blues charts within hours. The sold out launch that followed proved why Terry has been nicknamed ‘Sydney’s First Lady of Blues’.
Terry’s debut album The Fear of… stunned audiences with its lyrical wit, depth of heart, and timeless musicality. It peaked at number 3 on the iTunes blues charts though the album itself cannot be categorised as just blues. Terry sits somewhere between the country sensibilities of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the folk of The Waifs, the soulful blues of Bonnie Raitt, and timeless jazz balladeers.
Her spirited performances and clever writing draws die-hard fans that never leave. Many lifers have found Terry whilst she was supporting an impressive cohort of both local and international headliners. With Allen Stone; Beth Hart; St Paul & the Broken Bones; Thirsty Merc; Matt Corby; and The Waifs, and festival appearances at: Sydney Festival Main Stage; Woodford Folk; Narooma Blues and Rockabilly; and Thredbo Blues Festivals, just to name a few.
Onstage, Terry is as witty and engaging as she is mournful and heartfelt. Her tongue is firmly planted in her cheek delivering sassy one-liners but will never fail to leave a tear in your eye after brutally examining her life, psyche and the human condition. It is easy to get swept up in her whether she is performing intimate solo shows or headlining main stages with her all star 10 piece band. The band includes members of The Strides, Thirsty Merc and Cumbiamuffin.
Terry demonstrates she can write for purpose as well as her therapy. Her alter-ego and band ‘Jimmy Rigg and the Crow Bars’ saw her as the swaggering, loud-mouthed, whiskey spraying blues man. Her raw talent and propensity for drama has audiences completely sold on the glorious music and trash-talking rawness that was Terry as Rigg.
Miss Alice Terry has also provided the backbone to such dramatic pieces as ‘Tiger Country’ by Jonathan Gavin, an enigmatic play about the stark violence in rural Australia that shocked and shredded audiences underpinned by Terry’s score and live performance. September 2019 will then see Terry return to the boards at The Vanguard Newtown performing her score in support for play ‘The Weir’ by Connor McPherson
Fresh from touring Australia and New Zealand as a backing vocalist for Matt Corby, she will be returning to perform in his line-up at upcoming ‘Splendour in the Grass’ festival in Byron Bay this July.
“The real deal”. - Beth Hart