COULD IT BE THAT SEATTLE’S best blues man is a 300-pound tackle who eats quarterbacks for a living? We wouldn’t have believed it if we hadn’t seen it ourselves. Craig Terrill, number 93 on the Seahawks defensive line for the last five seasons, stepped to the mic at the Suncadia resort recently and growled, “Why do you look so good and I still feel so bad?” Heads in the audience snapped to attention (including those of teammates Matt Hasselbeck and Chris Spencer), toes tapped, old people danced like they were teenagers, and damned if Terrill didn’t sound like Bob Seger—one of his childhood heroes.
“Look So Good” is one of a dozen songs from the Indiana native’s self-produced CD, entitled CT. The songs, all written or cowritten by Terrill, speak of driving country roads with his brother, being in love, and in “Indiana Boy,” his anthem, keeping his values intact. The tunes are soulful, and rocking, and good enough to have Terrill in talks with The Late Show with David Letterman for a guest spot.
In concert, the tackle, who gigged at the Triple Door and Chateau Ste. Michelle last off-season, haunts covers like Springsteen’s “Spirit in the Night” and Seger’s tough, pounding “Travelin’ Man” with a deep, resonant baritone. At six feet three inches and 295 preseason pounds, he’s surely the largest human being on a rock and roll stage in Seattle. And when he asks, “You having fun out there?”—who’s going to tell him no?