Terry Evans' musical journey began in Vicksburg, Mississippi where he was born in 1944. As a young man, he sang tenor, baritone and bass in the church choir while secretly listening to the likes of Elmore James, Little Walter and Albert King.
At the age of 22, Evans moved to Los Angeles where he sang in several South Central clubs including the Cotton Club and the Road Runner. It was here he hooked up with singing partner, Bobby King, and in 1976, the two joined Ry Cooder for Chicken Skin Music.
Both Evans and King have worked on several of Cooders albums over the years, including the current Chavez Ravine, and have toured extensively in Cooder's band. The two also teamed for a pair of well received solo albums.
As a solo artist, Evans has released several recordings including 2005's excellent, Fire in the Feeling. He has also recorded with some of the top people in the music business including Boz Skaggs, Maria Muldaur, John Lee Hooker and John Fogerty with whom he won a gold record for Eye of the Zombie.
On Fire in The Feeling, his voice is as rich as ever. On the Ry Cooder-penned “My Baby Joined the Army”, Evans emotes the pain of loss through his voice and guitar and captures the despair of Cooder’s lyrics. “Let’s Get Gone” and “Turn on Your Lovelight” are straight ahead groove-laced blues rockers and “I’ll Be Your Shelter (In the Time of Storm)” is a gospel-tinged track reminiscent of The Blind Boys of Alabama. The album was produced by Terry and Phil Bloch. Special guests include David Lindley, Jorge Calderon, and George Bohannon.
Ry Cooder has said that he always thought that his long time musical partner made a better "front man." You need only see a Terry Evans show to understand why. As a performer, he remains in constant demand, and as a recording artist, he is one of the most sought after singers in the business.