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1953, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA. Although interested in blues, Garland spent the first 20 years of his professional career playing guitar in a variety of bar and showbands, performing popular chart-based rock n roll and latterly, R&B. Tiring of this rigorous life, he took to playing acoustic blues in clubs around the southern states. The 90s rehabilitation of the dobro in the blues idiom saw Terry Garland become the latest in a long line of solo artists, including John Hammond and Keb Mo, to employ the instrument. As a Tennessee child of the 50s Garland naturally picked out the blues of Howlin Wolf and Lightnin Hopkins as his inspiration. By the 60s he had begun to play in a series of local R&B groups, but a major turning point came when he opened a show for Leon Russell - his first solo performance. He subsequently began to write his own songs, adding them to his existing canon of traditional country and delta blues...