Robbie Laws is one of the most decorated and in demand blues guitarists in the Pacific Northwest. He has been honored with 21 Portland Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards, nine of which were for ‘Best Electric Guitarist", the ‘Best Blues Act ' award from the Seattle based Washington Blues Society and most recently, the 'Outstanding Achievement in Blues' award from the Portland Music Association .
Having played with guitar legends from Albert Collins to Ronnie Earl, Robbie is an internationally recognized Blues Guitar Master who has thrilled festival and concert audiences for over 15 years with his sheer technical prowess on the guitar, his soulful voice, impressive stage presence and likeable personality. Laws possesses the inherent ability to authentically convey styles such as nineteen forties, jump swing, traditional country blues, Piedmont, Delta, early Texas and Chicago, yet is comfortable playing uptown jazz as well as progressive rock.
Laws recently toured the lower Baja region of Mexico for the highly acclaimed 'Rockin' Blues Extravanganza' and the 'Cabo Blues Guitar Boot Camp'. The Gringo Gazette touted this performance tour as " the best ever musical performance of a band in Los Cabos in the past 20 years".
Laws is also co-owner of 'Robbie Laws School of Guitar PDX' with his wife Jerri. This is a music company that offers the guitar player several options on their personal journey of learning how to play the guitar along with an optional performance component if the student so desires. This company offers online, private and group guitar lessons as well as workshops held live on the web, locally, regionally and at festivals around the world. His mission is to keep the blues alive and available for generations to come. "Each generation leaves a fingerprint on the music" says Laws. "It's about keeping the music fresh and viable for the next one".
"The white Buddy Guy"
Albert Collins, Blues Legend
"The man's got it all...tone, taste, and a ‘T-Bone' mentality that not many can duplicate or understand. It's a treat to see Robbie cut other guitarists alive onstage."
Steve Pringle - Portland's top radio personality - KINK/KMHD - Portland, Oregon
"Robbie Laws is a Northwest guitar icon. That may be a little understated, but the fact of the matter is the man can flat out play guitar like it's his business....and it is."
Greg Johnson - CBA Blues Notes / Cascade Blues Association President
"A multi-genre guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Highly recommended!"
Blues Review Magazine
"Whenever I have friends in town from back east, he is always on the "must see" list like Multnomah Falls and Timberline Lodge...you just can't say you've seen Oregon and miss Robbie Laws."
Local Blues Fan - Portland, Oregon
"He channels his heroes - vocalist Bobby Bland and guitar slinger Albert Collins are among them - into a performance of what modern has become; electric, loud when appropriate but soft when necessary, and an in-concert showcase for instrumental mastery".
The Anchorage Press - News Article - Anchorage, Alaska
"There is a reason why Robbie Laws has held such demand with audiences in the Northwest. His vocals are spot on and his guitar work is crisp, tasty and quite often simply jaw-dropping amazing".
Greg Johnson - President, Cascade Blues Association - Portland, Oregon