Tery began playing guitar and piano at the age of seven. Picking out melodies and tunes of the day soon became his favorite pastime. It was common practice for Radio Stations to play a mix of Pop, Rock, Blues and Jazz so his ear developed quickly. He was picked to sing in a city wide honor chorus at the age of ten.
In Junior High he signed up for a guitar class. The instructor was actually a piano player so, a handful of people would play in a stairwell sharing their knowledge with each other and jammin’. When the head of the music department heard him play he was asked to play in Pep Band. He met a classmate who played and was way into the Blues, this was pre S.R.V., so it was very intriguing to him that this kid loved the Blues so much.
When he signed up for an advanced music theory class in High School, his teacher asked him about teaching some guitar classes. He declined several times until the Studio owner Don Friedman personally asked him, with the offer of, “I’ll get you playing some serious Equipment”. There he met and studied with Joff Jones and Rick Van Patten. He continued teaching when Buddy Rogers Music took over Don’s. When they asked him about a good drum instructor he recommended Pete Davidson.
Player’s Music was founded by Tery & Pete and was the first in the Cincinnati area with fully equipped performance studio’s. They began teaching group lessons mixing it up with their students and parents.The Monday Night Jam attracted students, semi-pro’s and regional musicians, nobody winced at the three dollar cover…It paid for the BBQ in the parking lot. After five years the building was grazed to make way for City Development, Tery then started teaching out of his home studio and Moeller Music.
Playing in local and regional acts landed him Onstage or in the Studio with many great artist. He played in his dance band Joyride, and had his trio Tery Metcalf Project. Tery played fill-in and pick-up gigs with Big in Iowa, Legend, Billy Rose, The Original Goldenaires and Billy Hamilton. He was the guitarist for Katrina Williams, a great songwriter who writes for, The Temptations, Chante Moore and Brian McKnight. Tery has recorded in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville along side of Kasey Williams, Lonnie Mack, Johnny Neel, Jimmy D. Rogers, Greg “Lumpy” Day, Rick Stone and The Reverend Billy Rose. When his playing was heard by the founder of Alligator Records Bruce Iquillar he had this to say “NICE”!
Tery is now recording and playing regional shows with his band.He has garnered the attention and support from his sponsors, musicians and songwriters.His Song “Welcome to the Blues” has created a buzz and his first release is coming soon. Stay tuned and he hopes to see you folks soon!