Dragnet Released!

NRBQ on TourThe first new NRBQ studio album since 2014 is released by Omnivore Recordings on November 12, 2021. It includes ten originals, with contributions by every member of the band, and Terry’s rockin’ arrangement of the classic TV theme song. It’s available on CD, vinyl, and digitally.

Get it here.

". . . the NRBQ sound is fully realized here, and typically broad-ranging, as though the history of 20th-century popular and unpopular music has gone through thorough, playful distillation. There’s the usual swathe of great NRBQ pop here – “The Moon & Other Things” and the closing “Sunflower,” in particular, feel like lifelong classics." —Uncut

"The band's new music lives right up there with the best of their early reputation. They play with such startling and powerful simplicity, a style that must be earned and not learned, it's obvious they are in a party of one on the modern music scene. Dragnet is a study in greatness, right from the start . . . The album closer, 'Sunflower,' is a Terry Adams original . . . and shows how the band has really been the stars of their own movie of what a modern band can be and do, and follows a script pf cheerful originality and sideways logic." —Bentley's Bandstand

"Listening Report: Dragnet Delivers The Facts That NRBQ Is An American Musical Treasure . . . a wonderful listening experience end to end. NRBQ is a well oiled, astoundingly accomplished group of musicians, singers, composers and performers." —Audiophile

"The venerable and versatile band NRBQ, release their first album in about 5 years, mixing all of their strengths that have kept them together (on and off) for over 50 years. The band is quite eclectic here, bringing in some sweethearts of the rodeo on 'I Like Her So Much,' kinda Kinkish for the two stepping 'Miss Goody Two Shoes,' harmonizing like The Beatles for 'You Can’t Change People' and rocking the boogie for the title tune. There's a cozy swing to the Tin Pan Alley'd 'That Makes Me A Fool,' and a rock funkhouse on 'Five More Miles' with a wonderful love song with piano and vocal on 'Sunflower.' A Whitman's Sampler of the best that America has to offer." —Jazz Weekly

". . . [their latest is] uplifting, despite being created during these dark times." —Glide Magazine

"Dragnet is quintessential NRBQ in both songwriting and performance. I hear beautiful new melodies, lyrics that make me smile and grooves that should come with a 'caution while driving' warning, all wrapped in the authenticity that has always surrounded the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet." —The Maine Edge

"Dragnet reminds you in a lively 30 minutes that the swelling sound of NRBQ transcends until it’s not mistaken for anything else." —Philadelphia News Today

"They perform superbly, and one listen to Dragnet is proof. Tight, innovative, a gratifying delivery, borderline early punk with melodic overtones . . . Melodies always strong, lyrics clever, humorous with a sting, serious with a pinch of sugar and the performance: colorful, quirky but always, always interesting." —Americana Highways

"The beloved indie icons are in fine form on their first LP in seven years . . ." —

" . . . their eclecticism, playfulness, and solid musicianship are front and center, as always. A decade after introducing a different NRBQ, Adams has given us a different NRBQ album, and from a group that's always prized adventure and experimentation, that's as it should be." —

"Rockin, quirky, tender, with moments that still make you go "huh"? NRBQ still has it, and Dragnet is proof.” —

"NRBQ is an American treasure. Founded in the mid '60s, the band has always transcended – smashed, even – genre boundaries . . . Superb musicianship often brings with it a kind of showiness, a predilection toward look-at-me. A hallmark of NRBQ since its earlier days is a refreshing freedom form that approach . . . The thing is, there really isn't an easily definable NRBQ sound; the band's hallmark is its defiantly eclectic nature, and its unprepossessing attitude . . . we're simply glad that five decades and counting, NRBQ is still going strong." —musoscribe

"If ever there was an outfit worthy of greater regard and respect, NRBQ provides the perfect pedigree." —Alternate Root

In*Frequencies Released!

NRBQ on TourThe first-ever NRBQ rarities collection is released by Omnivore Recordings on October 2, 2020. The career-spanning sixteen tracks, twelve never-before released, include live and radio performances, soundchecks, and rare singles. There are great liner notes by MC Kostek and lots of photos. Available on CD and vinyl!

Get it here.

"For half a century, this consummate cult act has served as a bulwark against the stiffness and pomposity that so often infiltrate rock and roll ... 'Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Girl' is one highlight; another is the band's recent take on the Al Jolson standard 'April Showers.' The recording exquisitely confronts the current dark era with swooning dreams borrowed from an earlier one." —The New Yorker

"The new NRBQ album rocks, rolls, swings and sways with heart 'n soul. NRBQ's new In*Frequencies is great. It is a rarities collection but nothing here is throw-away or sub-par (is it ever with NRBQ?). No, this is "just" another great NRBQ album, which is reason enough to celebrate. And the world is a better place because of it." —Audiophile

"From the time of their debut album, the group distinguished itself with its all-encompassing fusion of rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, folk, and country from past and present. A sense of humor and a penchant for spontaneity and invention have also served them well. Surf-rock, rockabilly, doo-wop, pop, and classics from Elvis Presley to Al Jolson - they're all here. Such a diversity of material might hinder the cohesiveness of another rarities collection, but in NRBQ's case, it makes perfect sense given the band's rich musical lineage." —The Second Disc

"Just the fact that NRBQ has been around for over fifty years is pretty amazing. Can you believe they've never put out a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks? It's true. You've got to hand it to the ArQive 50 crew because they somehow put together a cohesive collection of tunes from a band that has never been able to settle on a style long enough for any rock critic - let alone fan - to pigeonhole them. As I have said in previous NRBQ reviews (and as any fan will attest) that's a big part of what makes the Q so great." —NuDisc

" ... exuberant eclecticism and offhand virtuosity and inventiveness ... NRBQ can refresh even the most familiar songs - and do it without a trace of irony while exuding the infectious joy that has been the hallmark of all their music-making." —Philadelphia Inquirer

" ... absolutely essential, the cup of sunshine soul 'Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Girl,' seemingly gifted from Otis Redding's cupboard is that and then some. Also indispensible is 'That's All,' with its bluesy, jazzy swing and early rock 'n roll fire. It's an eclectic set, with the kind of clever, unpretentious playing and lighthearted humor expected from NRBQ." —Elmore Magazine

"A real standout (and a real surprise as well) is the band's cover of 'April Showers.' Surprisingly, this is the best version of this song that we have ever heard. Other initial standouts include 'Get Real,' 'Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Girl,' 'My Dearest One,' and 'Too Much.' But in all honesty, all of these tracks are rather great. Top Pick." —babysue

Terry Interviewed on "Tuesday Lunch with Abe Perlstein" on September 15th

NRBQ on TourTune In! Terry is interviewed September 15th on “Tuesday Lunch with Abe Perlstein.” Streaming live at 4:30 pm EST (1:30 pm PST, 2:30 pm GST, 3:30 PM CST) at For more information:

NRBQ - Ardmore Music Hall, 2015, Limited Edition Live CD

NRBQ on TourSold out! Here's an archival release to keep you happy until we can all see NRBQ live and in-person again. This numbered, limited edition CD captures a magical night in Ardmore, PA from 2015, with an all-star lineup, including special guests Pete Donnelly, and the Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen and Danny Thompson.

We miss Hal, Bobby Lloyd, Danny, John John, and Stacey – so much. ♥

Outlaw Country Cruise 5, January 29-February 3, 2020

NRBQ on TourThe year 2020 started off with a bang. It sure was fun! Steve Earle joined the band onstage for "Shake, Rattle & Roll."

Turn On, Tune In is Released!

NRBQ on TourTurn On, Tune In is released on September 6 by Omnivore Recordings! Six songs recorded at the band's last appearance on SiriusXM's The Loft and fifteen more recorded at Monty Hall, WFMU's performance space. Packed with music that spans years, loaded with surprises, smiles, photos, and great liner notes from Bob Brainen, who says, "WFMU is, and always will be, a free-form station and NRBQ is, and always will be, a free-form band," Turn On, Tune In (CD and vinyl LP) also includes a DVD of the Monty Hall show. "It was like we had a party in WFMU's basement," says Terry.

Get it here.

"Turn On, Tune In is NRBQ today, and it's freaking great." —The Maine Edge

"A finely tuned machine, you say? Damn straight. Why, because NRBQ was and still is ... the REAL deal. Thankfully, for us music lovers, genius never quits ... Because absolutely no one on God's green earth plays music like NRBQ ... No one." —Elmore Magazine

"NRBQ are known for their live performances, and you'll understand why after taking in the forthcoming Turn On, Tune In, which is at least their dozenth concert album ... As you can see in the WFMU concert video, they are having a lot of fun with this music. You probably would, too." —The Morton Report

"Throughout the live recordings, NRBQ applies its undefinable, multi-style approach that the band used on all its work going back to 1966." —

"When I first got into NRBQ several years ago it was a bit of a revelation which opened the floodgates to a brave new universe of music that I had missed out on for so many years. Tuning in and turning on to a group like NRBQ cuts to the essence of the joy of music discovery ... when I first got to see NRBQ play a couple years ago here in San Francisco - featuring original founding member Terry Adams on piano and vocals - I immediately sensed that this particular 21st Century incarnation of the group needed to be captured in a high fidelity recording for posterity ... This album is a great addition to the NRBQ catalog and it would make a fine introduction to the band if you haven't really listened to them before." —Audiophile

" ...the joyous, anything-goes keyboard style of Adams, the sharp but flexible guitar work of Scott Ligon, the rock solid but melodic foundation of Casey McDonough's bass, and the utterly satisfying snap of John Perrin's drumming blend together into the mix of rock, blues, pop, jazz, and R & B that no one else can do quite this way ... they can do something no other band can quite touch, just like always." —

New Washington Post Article

NRBQ on TourBe sure to check out John Lingan's article on NRBQ which was published in the Sunday Washington Post on August 18.

"For more than 50 years, they have conjured a slippery blend of early R & B, hardcore country, novelty songs and rockabilly by seizing the improvisational energy of jazz."

End of Summer 2019 Dates! And Fall too!

NRBQ on TourYay! Musical Medicine for all! "There's hope for the country as long as NRBQ is still with us." - The Aquarian

See Live for details.

Still Hopped Up!

NRBQ on TourAll Hopped Up, NRBQ's classic album from 1977, has been re-released by Omnivore Recordings. This landmark record introduced the quartet of Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato, Al Anderson, and Tom Ardolino to an unsuspecting world, and featured the Whole Wheat Horns (Donn Adams and Keith Spring) for the first time. It was the first on the band's own label, Red Rooster, and the first to be produced by Terry and Joey.

With such beloved songs as "Ridin' In My Car," "Things To You," "Still in School," and "Queen Talk," not to mention unforgettable and original renditions of "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket," "Honey Hush," and "Bonanza," this is one for the ages. As if that was not enough, included on the re-release are four bonus tracks and great liner notes from John DeAngelis, who points out, "It has outlived concurrent 1970s musicial trends like punk rock, new wave, and disco, and it sounds fresher, livelier, and better than ever!"

Get it here.

"It's the sound of four guys and a horn section making some of the purest American music ever waxed, and as such it's a surefire recipe for feeling good." —The Vinyl District

"In a year that saw the release of AC/DC's Let There Be Rock, Pink Floyd's Animals, Cheap Trick's In Color, Eric Clapton's Slowhand, David Bowie's Low, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Street Survivors and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, with the hindsight of 41 years, All Hopped Up is still the best rock 'n' roll album of 1977. And now of 2018 too." —The Aquarian Weekly

"Completely oblivious to the late-1970s emergence of punk-rock savagery, slick new wave and suave disco, NRBQ's fifth album All Hopped Up arrived in 1977 with a shit-eating grin on its face ready for a fresh start . . . they were up for anything, as Omnivore Recordings' recent reissue makes plain. Authoritative, enlightening liner notes from John DeAngelis, a few vintage photos and a handful of well-chosen bonus tracks collected in a fairly humble package let the spotlight shine on the brilliance of the original LP. It's as lean and economical as NRBQ's crisp and clean musicianship, which makes the spry pop buoyancy and tangled hooks of "Still in School," "Ridin' in My Car" and "That's Alright" — echoes of The Beach Boys, Big Star and The Byrds lingering in their light breezes — so smart and charming. "Call Him Off, Rogers" is even bouncier, while the vivid psychedelic swirl of "Things to You" bathes in Beatles nostalgia, specifically the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band era . . . Fun extras like "Do the Bump," with its infectious, halting R & B strut, and the jazz-country warmth of "She's Got to Know" offer even more diversity, NRBQ's calling card, while "Start it Over" is just catchy, vintage rock 'n' roll goodness that has Jerry Lee Lewis' howling swagger and swing. Great balls of fire, indeed." —Elmore Magazine

"As usual, the band mashed up a wide array of pop, rock, soul, blues and jazz influences, but the original material from Terry Adams, Al Anderson and Joey Spampinato includes some especially fine pop songs. Anderson's nostalgic lead-off, "Ridin' in My Car" has a double-tracked vocal and sunshine backing harmonies, and Terry Adams' "It Feels Good" mixes '50s romanticism with, in true NRBQ fashion, a Japanese koto solo. Adams also offers an echo of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys with "Things to You," and Joey Spampinato's "Still in School" and "That’s Alright" have harmonies that sound like Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe channeling the Everlys . . . one of NRBQ's best albums." —No Depression

"NRBQ fans will be delighted to see their favorite band's fifth album finally back in print, complete with some killer bonus tracks and informative liner notes. If you're new to NRBQ, it's never too late to join the cult – and this is an excellent place to start." —

"The bonus tracks are just short of extraordinary, and flesh-out the set with ten additional minutes of brilliance." —Fervor Coulee

"While the Stones pretty much ran out of creative steam post-Tattoo You, NRBQ continue to recombine their distinctive blend of country and jazz-tinged poprock influences into winning tunes. Not familiar with their canon? Relax. There's a hit single-worthy winner on every album, usually more than one! . . . If I had a poprock hall of fame NRBQ would be charter members." —

Terry Receives Distinguished Musician Award

NRBQ on TourNRBQ blew the roof off of My Father's Place at the Roslyn Hotel in front of a sold-out crowd on July 27. After the set, and before the band returned to the stage for an encore, Norm Prusslin (a member of Stony Brook University staff/faculty for 33 years, former general manager of WUSB, and all-around wonderful person) presented Terry with a "Distinguished Musician Award" from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. It was a great night!

NRBQ on Mountain Stage

NRBQ on TourNRBQ's May 13 appearance on Mountain Stage aired nationwide starting May 25.

This Is How It All Began

NRBQ on TourNRBQ, the debut album from NRBQ, was originally released in 1969. This classic and influential album - re-mixed, mastered, and with new liner notes - was reissued for the first time on March 16, 2018, by Omnivore Recordings. On CD and vinyl. Listen.

"For the all things lauded as being "quintessentially American" – like baseball or tail fins on a '50s Chevy, they all pale when compared to NRBQ. The proof is here in their first record, the self-titled classic from 1969, and it still holds true today, all those years and line-up changes later...This is a near-perfect record as is, from the rev'd-up magic of "Kentucky Slop Song" to the closing "Stay With We," and shows the band's broad range, stellar musical acumen, and at the root of it all, their sheer joy of creation. You know, like the best of America." —Ink 19

"Looking back in retrospect, NRBQ's eponymous debut seems like a remarkable feat even now. A stunningly uncommon collision of styles and sounds, it was amazingly adventurous, exploratory and wholly beyond definition when it was originally unleashed without warning in 1969. Even at a time when artists were given complete license to experiment and adapt to whatever progressive posture found them in keeping with the times, NRBQ was – and still remains – a dizzying, dazzling achievement, an example of complete creative control taken to its most unexpected extremes." —Glide Magazine

"Now is the perfect time to become familiar with this strange and utterly wonderful album." —Michael's Music Log

"...audacious brilliance ... Eclectic, daring and utterly unique, NRBQ gleefully colored outside the lines on a thrilling self-titled 1969 debut album of frenzied rock 'n' roll fun that sounds as fresh and uninhibited as ever. They did just as they pleased, even insisting on knocking everything out in one take – with famed producer Eddie Kramer watching, as the dutiful engineer – and unabashedly covering both rebellious 1950s rocker Eddie Cochran and space-jazz explorer Sun Ra. That takes some chutzpah, and NRBQ had it in spades. They were itching to show off their surprisingly mature chops and youthful energy. At the same time, they wanted to throw a party that's still going strong 49 years later. Defined by spontaneity, quicksilver guitars and keyboards, swinging rhythms and spirited genre-hopping madness, NRBQ – composed here of Terry Adams, Joey Spampinato, Frank Gadler, Tom Staley and Steve Ferguson – saved the best for last on its first record. Closer "Stay with We" is absolutely confounding, arranged in the most wonderfully weird way possible with powerful vocals and sounds that seem alien and yet familiar. And it works, as does their entire landmark debut, even though their curious mix of jazz, blues, country and rock shouldn't. What a wild ride." —Elmore Magazine

"...a 21st Century edition of NRBQ's still astounding debut that is at once true to the original yet which sounds like a layer of gauze has been removed from the recording. Don't get me wrong: this new edition still feels like my old LP pressing of the album – which was originally engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss etc.) – but is simply sounding much clearer and more detailed. There is a warmth here on both the LP and CD that is palpable, a more sympathetic presentation of the music than my original copy, delivering improved dynamics, air and overall presence." —Audiophile Review

"It all started with NRBQ, which is just as weird as NRBQ would be through all the years, and almost as joyful." —Spectrum Culture

"The group – which had already been together for about four years when the LP first appeared – had their act down and their famous eclecticism on full display. Who else could open an album with a strong rock cover of Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody" and follow that with the experimental jazz of Sun Ra's "Rocket #9"? These guys could and did, on a record that also includes diverse originals." —No Depression

Happy Talk!

NRBQ on TourHappy Talk, a new 5-song EP from NRBQ, was released by Omnivore Recordings on October 20, 2017. Check it out!

"There's hope for this country as long as NRBQ is still with us." —The Aquarian Weekly

"Two catchy originals join three choice covers in a must-get collection that screams 'Full-length, please!' ... Charming through and through, this is a mini masterpiece." —Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio

"More than a half-century in, NRBQ remains one of America's underappreciated cultural treasures." —Relix

"...contains all the vibrancy of the band that started back in 1966." —Exclaim!'s the Rodgers and Hammerstein South Pacific treasure 'Happy Talk' that truly stands out as a shiny, unexpected gemstone." —Ink 19

"Happy Talk ties the pursuit of eternal youth to the idea of timeless rock 'n' roll, and that's a reassuring turn of events." —Nashville Scene

"Coming on the heels of the splendid 2016 retrospective High Noon is a 5-song EP proving these guys still have it." —The Vinyl District

"...a spectacular group of players who can, and do, literally play anything ... this NRBQ nugget is a fine stocking stuffer for the pop music fan on your list." —Audiophile

NRBQ Finally Headed West!

NRBQ on TourLucky west coast fans were in for a treat when NRBQ played nine shows in California in June and July. Hope you didn't miss it!

Celebrate Earth Day with High Noon Vinyl (Update)!

NRBQ on TourA 2-LP vinyl companion/extension to the critically-acclaimed, 5-CD High Noon 50-Year Retrospective was released in record stores on Saturday, April 22. The set includes 26 songs, with 10 tracks not included in the box set, many previously unavailable on vinyl, 1 track previously unreleased anywhere, and a beautiful gatefold with never-before-seen photos. Original recordings have been revived and remastered especially for vinyl. This is an extremely limited edition, only 2,000 copies worldwide!

High Noon - A 50-Year Retrospective

NRBQ on TourFifty years of celebrating is worth celebrating!

"The eclectic rockers' compile highlights from a 50-year, 21-album, 17-member career as one of America's most beloved cult bands onto this five-CD set ... this is excellent one-stop shopping..." —Rolling Stone, Holiday Gift Guide 2016

"A good-time spirit runs through the music of NRBQ, which stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (initially Quintet) but has never been bound to R&B or any other genre. Started in 1966 with home recordings - there's one in this collection - NRBQ is rooted in a 1950s of rockabilly, blues, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra, along with a 1960s of early Beatles and Beach Boys. Their songs hold chromatic twists and wry wordplay, packed into smiley three-minute bundles. High Noon combines a best-of with many rarities, suiting a band that's both crafty and casual." —New York Times, Pop Music Gifts, All Bundled Up

"There have been other attempts at assembling NRBQ's erratic recording history, but none can touch this labor of love. The 106 songs, crammed onto five discs, take us on a six-plus hour journey from 1966's home demo of "Heartbreaker" through 2015 ... The result is a rollicking, eclectic and charming listen ... any band that can fill five discs with life affirming, uniquely American music, mixing diverse styles with offhand aplomb and a wry smile, can lay claim to being one of this country's finest outfits. Just push play on any of these discs to see why." —American Songwriter

"This set comes damn close, in more than 100 tracks over five CDs, to achieving the impossible: capturing the eternal striving and indomitable spirit of what is still, after these 50 years, the Best Unknown Band in America ... High Noon is best enjoyed as a big door into NRBQ's continuing pursuit of the righteous good time in rock & roll classicism, outsider jazz and the Great American Songbook ... [High Noon is] exactly like a night on the town with the 'Q: great songs, hot chops and hair-trigger wit, fired at will." —David Fricke's Picks, Rolling Stone

"Top 10 Boxed Sets of 2016. NRBQ, High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective. #1." —Goldmine

"The initials stand for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, but one of the hallmarks of this beloved cult band is its stylistic range - from rock and pop to country and jazz. Through various personnel shifts - singer and keyboardist Terry Adams is the one constant - the group's offbeat charm and seemingly offhand delivery belie its serious musical chops. The five discs showcase NRBQ's smart original songs and deft covers, and also present a handful of previously unreleased tracks." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"This is a five-CD gorgeous, gleeful romp through every flavor and every phrase of perhaps our greatest band. The unifying constant is the widescreen vision of keyboardist Terry Adams who co-founded the 'Q – yes, 50 years ago – and still leads it today." —Schenectady Gazette

"Cult band NRBQ have long deserved the career overview they receive on this fantastic five-disc set ... [it is a] masterfully curated collection ..." —Chicago Reader

"Five decades, five discs, five eras, and four distinctive lineups crystallize the genius of musical lettermen NRBQ. Nineteen superb unreleased live tracks help make NRBQ's High Noon a Gary Cooper-worthy bull's-eye." —Austin Chronicle

" ... this music grows on you faster than a chia pet on steroids. My pick for favorite box set of 2016." —Power Popaholic

"... a body of work so rollickingly alive, so perversely diverse, so consistently unpredictable, that it can't even be contained in a lovingly assembled, sprawling archival box of 106 tracks ... Who would have the chutzpah – and it's justified, by the way – to lead with a batch of new things and not be concerned about being overshadowed by their own youthful exuberance? Most anthologies like this one are about reminding people what they used to love about an artist long ago, but with NRBQ, nostalgia is entirely beside the point, because their music, despite some personnel changes over the years, is all of a piece and not stylistically tied to any specific era. Not that there haven't been variations on their theme, times when one personality or another became more prominent in the musical mix, but you could shuffle their whole career and press Play and nothing would be jarring." —Music Aficionado

"The reason NRBQ is at home anywhere is its versatility and skill ... The music, whether a waltz, stomper, polka or ballad, is assured. NRBQ is that rare band that keeps you on the edge of your seat by way of its confidence. High Noon is a box to cherish, visit and revisit." —Downbeat

"The package does an outstanding job of revealing one of America's best bands, one that is still going strong. Hey, the timing is good too – this would make a terrific gift for any music fan. NRBQ brings joy at a time when we could really use some." —Elmore Magazine

"NRBQ have always been cool with being uncool, which is, perhaps ironically, what makes them so damn cool. Throughout their five decades as a band, they've continuously bucked the musical trends happening around them. With each respective era they did exactly what they wanted to do while always conveying a devotion to bygone styles of music. It would be hard to thoroughly capture five decades in any one box set, but for die-hards and first-timers alike, High Noon is a perfect encapsulation of the magic that is NRBQ and is therefore a must-own." —Glide Magazine

"They are every bit as adventurous as they were as a young bunch of guys playing around at the Adams home some 51 years ago, even though Terry Adams stands alone as the only band member spanning the timeline from then to now. How he's been able to hang on to the energy and charming irreverence that permeates this box of collected performances (both studio and live in concert) is a testament to his continued enthusiasm and love of music ... It's High Noon in America, people!" —blogcritics

"NRBQ has long had a dedicated cult following, but High Noon should go a long way in introducing their singular brand of all-encompassing musical merriment to an even wider audience." —The Second Disc

"Defying genre labels, leaping styles with the ease of Superman, and displaying a consistent level of musicianship that one would be hard pressed to find in the worlds of session players, the cats in NRBQ have been making American music for 50 years. That is, quite simply, the only way to describe the 106 songs here that span so many styles and yet maintain a uniquely consistent level of quality despite band line-up changes and shifting stylistic touches. There is no other way to say it: NRBQ are the greatest band this country has ever produced and one listen to this compilation is sure to convince you of that ... Music that is positively inspiring in its inventiveness, the work of NRBQ has remained a constant over time. Expert musicians who have had the good sense to not bore listeners with anything too pretentious, Terry Adams and his revolving crew have offered up some of the most flat-out enjoyable music this continent has ever produced. Doubt me? Spin this set in any sequence and then let the tunes convince you." —A Pessimist is Never Disappointed

"Fasten your seatbelt; it's a wild ride, and it's loaded with pleasures." —The Morton Report

"There's no doubt that NRBQ, bluntly one of American Music's treasures, fully deserved this 5-CD celebration, and they establish their current relevance by filling the first disc with 2005-2016 material ... NRBQ is the kind of band that basically couldn't be invented (except by Thomas Pynchon maybe); outstanding interpreters of a range of material ... the band's real strengths are in consistently strong original material and even more dependable execution. Want to restore your faith in something or other? Listen to this set." —The Vinyl District

"High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective is a five-disc set that celebrates the half-century since NRBQ first started making music, and it takes the time to embrace the group's body of work in all its marvelous complexity ... Plenty of box sets play like overgrown greatest-hits albums, but High Noon aims for something more ambitious and important ... a collection that makes a strong case for NRBQ's place in the pantheon in American popular music, honoring their eclecticism and sophistication as well as their deep sense of fun. Even if you've been listening to the band for years, High Noon dazzles in its depth, and if this might seem daunting to a beginner, it's hard to imagine folks who love music at all not finding something here that will make them smile and tap their feet. In short, it's a box set just as special as NRBQ themselves." —All Music

"After five decades, NRBQ might still be one of the most misunderstood great bands in rock history ... an essential purchase even if you still won't quite be able to explain their awesomeness to your friends." —

"It sounds like hyperbole to say NRBQ is one of the great bands of the rock-and-roll era and a national treasure. But this set proves it, providing more than six hours of brilliance." —Vintage Guitar

It Was a Happy December 2016...

NRBQ on Tour...IF you saw NRBQ as often as possible.

NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets!

NRBQ on TourThere were ten rounds of NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets in April and May, and a rematch in September!


NRBQ on TourNRBQ returned to Florida for three shows, starting March 24 in Boca Raton, and continuing on to St. Augustine (with The Baseball Project), and Tampa.

Third Appearance on The Loft Sessions

NRBQ on TourNRBQ's third visit to the Loft, which was recorded on November 30, aired on Sirius XM Satellite Radio earlier this year.

Photo by Frank Ruggles.

It's A New Year!

NRBQ on TourNRBQ rings in the New Year in Saratoga Springs, NY. Happy 2016 to all!

Photo by Michael Hochanadel.

Talk Thelonious Release Party

NRBQ on TourThe official CD release party for Talk Thelonious took place at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD the day after Thanksgiving, but the celebration went on all week, in Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA, and Washington DC!

Photo by Michael Hochanadel.

On the Air

NRBQ on TourTerry returned to Bob Brainen's show on Saturday, November 21st, to Talk Thelonious and more. If you missed it live you can listen at WFMU. On Monday, November 30th, NRBQ made their third visit to The Loft Sessions on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Mountain Stage

NRBQ on TourNRBQ returned to Mountain Stage in West Virginia on October 25th. If you missed the live streaming that night, the radio version of the show (episode #856) is scheduled for distribution by NPR Music starting December 4th, with most stations carrying it that weekend. For a listing of affiliates, please visit Mountain Stage!

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame

NRBQ on TourTerry inducted Harry Vann "Piano Man" Walls into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on October 24th, at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV. The posthumous award was accepted by Walls's niece Francine Breault, after which NRBQ performed. You can watch the entire evening's events here!

Solid Sound Festival

NRBQ on TourOn June 27, 2015, NRBQ & the Whole Wheat Horns made their first appearance at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA. And it was GREAT!

Photo by John Krucke.

June 2015-Terry, Scott, Casey, Conrad! & the Whole Wheat Horns!

NRBQ on TourThe summer started off just right with NRBQ & the Whole Wheat Horns at The Met, the Solid Sound Festival, and the Rowayton Music Festival.

Look at 'em.

Come On and Ride with NRBQ

NRBQ on TourSpring 2015 dates kicked off at Johnny D's in Somerville, MA on April 30th, followed by three shows in Connecticut, then Brooklyn, Bay Shore, NY, and ending in Newburyport, MA. A great time was had by all.

Celebrating Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

NRBQ on TourTerry joined a star-studded cast at Hal Willner Presents: A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” with Music, Words, and Funny People. The event takes place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 7. Among the other participants are Van Dyke Parks, Nick Cave, Amy Poehler, and Tim Robbins.

Terry Adams, Music in Motion

NRBQ on TourTerry collaborated with filmmaker Bassam Kurdali at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Holiday Hoedown Wrap-Up

NRBQ on TourDecember was non-stop fun! NRBQ & the Whole Wheat Horns played one great show after another: Jimmy Gordon sat in for the entire performance at the Stafford Palace Theater on the 26th, playing harmonica and pedal steel guitar. Trumpeter Dave Gordon came by the Turning Point the next night and joined the Whole Wheat Horns for the second of two sold-out shows. On the 28th, Terry and Scott visited Woodstock’s WDST radio before NRBQ’s stellar Sunday night performance at the Bearsville Theater. After one day off, NRBQ threw a pre-New Year’s Eve celebration for a packed house at The Narrows in Fall River, and December wrapped up on New Year’s Eve at the Bull Run in Shirley, with the Magic Box, Danny Boy, bells, and music, music, music. Every audience member was happy and warm as they headed out around 1 am (temperature: 14 degrees!). THE best way to begin a new year is with NRBQ.

Pictured: Soundchecking at the Stafford Palace Theater

Countdown to 2015 with NRBQ & the Whole Wheat Horns!

NRBQ on TourDecember 26, December 27, December 28...December 30, and December 31! See 'Holiday Hoedown Wrap-Up' above for a report!

Steve Ferguson Honored at 2014 Louisville Music Awards

NRBQ on TourSteve Ferguson is the 2014 Legacy Award Honoree at the Louisville Music Awards, September 28th.

Photo by Phil Crandon.

Brass Tacks Tour Part Two

NRBQ on TourNRBQ’s Brass Tacks tour continued in July, with dates that began with a rocking night at The Met in Pawtucket, RI and ended at the Rocker’s Roll (the 5th Annual Motorcycle Rally) in Pittston, PA. There were unforgettable shows in Cambridge, MA (the band's first appearance in the Boston area in many years), at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, on Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, RI, at the FTC Stage One in Fairfield, CT, and at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA. The Whole Wheat Horns were along for the entire tour, and it was great to see old friends and fans along the way, like Johnny D, Jake Jacobs, Jimmy Gordon (who joined the band onstage in Cambridge and NYC), Peter Wolf, Yo La Tengo,'s Joan Walsh, and Weasel!

Our Friend Weasel

NRBQ on TourNRBQ surprised fans at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA when they started their show early, coming out unannounced with Weasel, famous DJ from the legendary (historic) WHFS, at their side. Weasel gave the band a great introduction, just as he has done so many times before! A documentary on WHFS is being planned, but meanwhile you can listen to Weasel on WTMD.

Photo by Jay Schlossberg.

Happy Birthday Lou Albano (July 29)

NRBQ on TourSpotted on Rolling Piledrivers and Power Ballads: Pro Wrestling's Musical Moments"For reasons apparent only to them (which, come to think of it, would be a decent title for their career retrospective), NRBQ teamed with wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano in the mid '80s, "hiring" him as an advisor and even recording the album Lou And the Q under his tutelage . . . no matter how loud he shouted, Lou couldn't overshadow the Q's knack for writing razor-sharp pop."

Brass Tacks Tour Part One

NRBQ on TourNRBQ celebrated the release of Brass Tacks with June tour dates that started in New London, CT and ended in Chicago, IL. THIS was the best tour yet. "NRBQ may exist outside of time and space. Fans already know that the band's stunning catalog sounds like a collection of Top 40 singles from another universe, flourishing outside of mainstream recognition and traditional success. But what they may not know is that even with the major changes in member alignment in recent years, the band is as tight and passionate as it has ever been. It's still making music that is as impossibly infectious as ever. For more than two hours last night at the Beachland Ballroom, founder and keyboardist Terry Adams, guitarist Scott Ligon, bassist Casey McDonough and drummer Conrad Choucroun expertly banged out tunes from the nooks and crannies of the legendary act's massive discography." —Cleveland Scene

Photo at Summer Brew Fest, Northampton, MA, by Alan Stockwell.

Get Down to Brass Tacks!

NRBQ on TourNRBQ's great new album Brass Tacks was released on June 17!

"If you were to take every NRBQ album ever released and grade it for sheer joy and listenability, well, you probably should spend less time grading and more time listening. The good albums bearing that combo's name simply never stop, and Brass Tacks contains the fun, zest, humor and flat-out rock that has defined the band since their birth decades ago." —

"Brass Tacks is as accomplished and as spirited an album as the band has ever made … The unalloyed joy that flows through a trio of breezy, heartfelt love songs - 'Waitin' on My Sweetie Pie,' 'Sit In My Lap' and 'Can't Wait To Kiss You' - will stop even the most jaded listener dead in his tracks. Pop music this elemental and non-ironically exuberant needs to be treasured as the rare resource it is … Brass Tacks is a terrific addition to the band's catalog, one that might even act as a gateway drug to NRBQ's long and rewarding back history." —Los Angeles Daily News

"Today, I'm on 8 times in a row and still going. I'm digging it. Man, I love hearing a record that is not ironic or cynical. I love that the layers on it are musical and not a superficial spin on the top. Real emotion. It's killing me." —Penn Jillette

"Listening to Brass Tacks reminds you of how gloriously NRBQ flows from the music that preceded it, the early rock that lit the world up way back when, and it reminds you how influential the 'Q has been on the hippest power pop of more recent eras ... they taught others how to link melody, harmony, and magic." —

"What a KILLER record! Right up there with the Q's best! Production, arrangements, performances and songs ... just knocks me OUT!" —Bonnie Raitt

"Adams and his bandmates - Ligon, McDonough, and drummer Conrad Choucroun - have achieved the sort of musical interplay, comfortable but deeply intuitive, that has always been NRBQ's greatest gift, and that comes through loud and clear on these performances." —All Music

"The band's attitude hasn't changed a jot ... [the band] still don't care a hoot for style or categories. They're there for the good times, laying down happy sounds here spanning country, rock, pop, jazz and even Broadway ... it's worth waiting for brain buzzers like 'Greetings From Delaware,' an Adams original about credit-card life, or 'Sit In My Lap,' one of those songs that sets you into instant sing-along mode ... Say hello to complete irreverence." —MOJO

"NRBQ's back with another gem, Brass Tacks ... they conjure up the same happy, charming mix of pop, rock 'n' roll, country and jazz that has made NRBQ one of the great rock 'n' roll bands ever ... It's all pure, unadulterated NRBQ, played and sung with joy and great musicality - long may they run." —Lincoln NE Journal Star

"NRBQ is the Mount Olympus of rock and roll - and this new record is another gem, maybe even their best. As I was listening to it, I was finally able to articulate what it is about NRBQ that I love so much - they make me so damn happy!" —Hal Willner

"May they keep on keeping on with their one of a kind status that has always conjured new musical concepts for your ears and mind." —Westchester NY Guardian

Photo by Norm DeMoura.

Release Day in Rochester, NY

NRBQ on TourNRBQ stopped by one of their favorite record stores, The Bop Shop in Rochester, NY on June 17 - Brass Tacks release day! The people who came by to say hello were surprised by a short and amazing set of semi-acoustic music!

Photo by Bridgette.

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

NRBQ on TourOn Monday, June 23, NRBQ taped a Woodsongs Old-Time Radio show at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY. For those who missed the webcast that evening, stay-tuned for information on the show's upcoming broadcast on radio and TV.

NRBQ Throws a Party at The Loft on SiriusXM Radio

NRBQ on TourOn January 27, 2014, NRBQ returned to SiriusXM Radio to record their second Loft Session. This time they appeared with both Bobby Lloyd Hicks (on percussion) and Conrad Choucroun (on drums), and were accompanied by the Whole Wheat Horns. Fifty or so fans were invited to attend the taping. From all audience reports, it was really something special to see! The show aired on SiriusXM Channel 30 in February and again last month, just before the release of Brass Tacks.

Photo by John Krucke.

It Was An EPIC Tour!

NRBQ on TourIf you were lucky enough to see any of NRBQ's recent 2014 shows — starting January 24 in Philadelphia and ending February 1 in Norfolk, Connecticut — you will probably agree it was the best tour ever. The Whole Wheat Horns were on every show. Pete Donnelly played with the band in Philly and Annapolis, switching between bass and rhythm guitar with Casey. Conrad Choucroun joined in for shows in Washington, DC and Annapolis, making a two-man percussion section with Bobby Lloyd. The horn section doubled in Philadelphia, when Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott, from the Sun Ra Arkestra, came onboard. Also from the Arkestra was Atakatune, who joined in on percussion. Terry never sounded better. Scott never sounded better. There was "Turn, Turn, Turn." There were some Magic Box requests. There were many old friends in NYC, Chandler Travis adding vocals to "Do You Feel It?" in Londonderry, NH, and packed houses in Old Saybrook and Norfolk, CT. The BEST.

Photo of Philadelphia audience by Bud Fulginiti.

Hot Fun in the Wintertime!

NRBQ on TourNRBQ started 2014 right with a five-night stand at the world famous Hog's Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida from January 8-12. The band's plan was to "soak up enough solar energy to power their winter tour," and it appears they soaked up plenty, if the amazing winter dates that followed were any indication (see above)!

Live on WFMU

NRBQ on TourTerry Adams and P.J. O’Connell were LIVE on the Bob Brainen Show for two hours on Saturday, November 23, 2013 and it was a killer show, the best ever. Great music from start to finish. Relive all the excitement HERE!

NRBQ Scandinavian Tour

NRBQ on TourNRBQ returned to Sweden and Norway in October 2013.

2011 tour photo by Conrad.

Bobby Lloyd Hicks

NRBQ on TourBeginning with the September 2013 tour dates, NRBQ was joined by Bobby Lloyd Hicks on drums (Dave Alvin, Jonathan Richman, Steve Forbert, The Skeletons).

Photo by Sue Blandford.

In the Studio

NRBQ on TourHere's the band in 2013, recording new music for the next album at Harmonium Studio.

Photo by Norm Demoura.

We Travel the Spaceways

NRBQ on Tour"We Travel the Spaceways catches the group in its madly varied glory. This is a very very amazing band, still, that makes a great virtue of sounding utterly off-the-cuff. The voices can be sweet, but mostly they're kind of ragged. The playing can be tightly perfect, but mostly it sounds like a live groove in a small theater – exactly the kind of show you wish you'd been at." —

"The new NRBQ doesn’t miss a beat: The group's brand-new live album includes gems from the vast NRBQ songbook, in renditions that dispel any doubt about the new lineup's worthiness. The band juggles all kinds of styles and aesthetics ... a raucous cover of the Sun Ra classic that gives the album its name features guest saxophonist Klem Klimek taking it way out. There's also a lovely, ambling treatment of the pop standard 'Snowfall,' a spin through the J.B. Lenoir blues 'Feelin' Good,' pure pop originals such as 'She's Got Everything'. . . " —Chicago Reader

"A new crew keeps the love goin' for NRBQ: Adams hasn't just persevered. He's roared back, triumphed. Meet the new Q, as fun as the old Q. NRBQ is still liable to play anything. Roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz – you name it, Adams claims it and reframes it. The new band is a revelation, capable of playing nearly the whole NRBQ catalog, which dates back to 1966." —Minneapolis Tribune

"Like nearly every NRBQ concert (no matter what the lineup), it's all over the map, with moments that threaten to fall right off the map. But a friend once said how he loves to hear deejays on the radio make mistakes, because it's proof 'there’s a real human being running things.' I feel the same about Adams and NRBQ. Some things work, some things don't, but the music is alive, in the moment.

[Included] is 'Feelin’ Good,' a twang-stompin' cover of a J.B. Lenoir tune. It's a seemingly goofy relative of the earlier lineup's version of the Chipmunks' 'Things We Like To Do,' with Adams barking 'I want to feel good!' and then following up with random personal examples like, 'Sometimes I want to rent a movie! Watch Rockford Files!' But his voice is on the ragged side, and you remember that he's been through Stage 4 throat cancer. And it didn't stop him, and he continues to make great songs and play shows with high spirits. Damn right, he wants to feel good. The song's funny, but he's not kidding. And that groove and that emotion might make you feel good too." —Daily Hampshire Gazette

"Catching the last 90 minutes of their two-hour performance was an unqualified treat. It's easy to be skeptical and even cynical about a beloved old favorite that features only one original member and a bunch of young guns. But keyboardist/singer Terry Adams has put together a combo that understands the essence of the original Q ... Adams certainly likes to amuse himself – in conversation, lyrics and music. But he managed to bring the full house of baby boomers along with him. There was unquestionably joy in the band's playing ... joy, spontaneity, diverse repertoire, hot musicianship and infectious energy." —Minneapolis Tribune (live review)

We Travel The Spaceways Poster!
I Want You! to travel the Spaceways with the QDownload our Spaceways poster here.
Keep This Love Goin'

NRBQ Circus is back"Not to sound all cornball, but if anything embodies the spirit of rock 'n' roll, this music does. Check it out." —

"The spirit of the Q remains strong. The trademark wry humor remains, the ability to groove like no other band on the face of the planet, the ability to move from jazz-inflected rock and pop-inflected jazz and who-knows-what-else does too. Yes, Terry, please do keep this love goin'. Thanks." —

"I didn't believe in miracles, but I am now sure about reincarnation. When we all thought that NRBQ had its best days behind them they make a roaring comeback with Keep This Love Goin'. Wonderfully tuneful love songs, hard driving rock 'n' roll, Terry Adams's still so inventive piano playing, one more song about zydeco-legend Boozoo Chavis and a humorous tribute to all animals. The best album so far this year." —Mats Olssen, Expressen (Sweden)

"Adams has proven it's the passion inside a sound that matters as much as who is playing the instruments . . . Terry Adams doesn't call this new aggregation NRBQ lightly, and knows the bar is set up near the ceiling for any group using that tag. The mind flips, though, for how much fun all involved sound like they're having, and the way they take right up where the original quartet left off. When the songs are flowing and Adams and his musical buddies are rolling, they let the pride in one of America's all-time great bands fly high." —The Morton Report

"The band sounds fresh, joyous, and energized as it certainly does keep this love of rock, and its myriad styles, goin'. One of this year's top rock releases." —Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA)

"Keep This Love Goin' not only sounds like a real NRBQ album, it may be the best one in about 20 years. The pop songs sparkle, the rockers are loose and lively, and there's plenty of freewheeling spirit ... " —Sound & Vision

"All the hallmarks of a classic Q album ... the standard mix of quirky humor, unabashed romance and good ol' rock and roll good-timin' saturates Keep This Love Goin'. Chalk it up to the end of an era, but thankfully not the end of NRBQ." —Relix

"The joy that underlies every NRBQ record is present on Keep This Love Goin' and nowadays that joy comes from a real-world place." —Providence Journal

"Happily, the new quartet has captured the eclectic mix that made the original band so intoxicating ... [Fans] will find spontaneity, humor, breadth, and musical know-how." —No Depression

"A super record." —Pittsburgh Daily News

"A peachy comeback." —Philadelphia Daily News

"Music no one can make anymore." —Detroit Metro-Times