Adding luster to a legendary career that stretches back for 45 years, NRBQ will release in September a brand new 7” single, “Everybody Say Yeah!” b/w “Hornin’ In” on the Euclid Records label. Though the current line-up of NRBQ does play on both sides, “Everybody Say Yeah!” is also notable for being one of the final recordings of long-time drummer Tom Ardolino, who passed away in January of this year. The song, written by founding member, keyboardist and vocalist Terry Adams, is a classic NRBQ romp, an uptempo dance number which will entice listeners to indeed say “Yeah” repeatedly. The b-side, recorded live at an Adams concert paying tribute to the tune’s composer Thelonious Monk on April 5 of this year in Burlington, Vermont, and it features the band augmented by two saxophonists, Jim Hoke and Klem Klemiek.
Terry Adams founded the band with Steve Ferguson in 1967 and started a musical journey which has encompassed rock’n’roll, jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, country, and at least skirted into most other popular American music forms that existed before the group began. By 1974, the most famous line-up of the band, which included Adams, Joey Spampinato on bass, Al Anderson on guitar, and Ardolino on drums, was in place. With the switch of Johnny Spampinato for Anderson on guitar in 1994, this line-up stayed together for 30 years before taking a hiatus. Adams reformed the group with a new batch of younger players who could match the skills of the older ones. NRBQ now includes Adams, Scott Ligon on guitar, Pete Donnelly of the Figgs, and Conrad Choucroun on drums.
The current NRBQ spent a couple years recording and touring as the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet. Under that name, the band performed an in-store at Euclid Records in St. Louis, which was recorded. The resulting 7”, “Thedy” b/w “Eat That Pumpkin,” was the first single to sell out its 300 piece run in the ongoing limited edition Euclid Sessions series of live performances recorded in one or the other Euclid Records location. Adams has kept in touch with the label, and this new NRBQ single is the result of this long-time relationship.