Terry Adams retools and reforms NRBQ 

They say you can achieve anything you want in life if you’re only willing to let others take the credit. But Terry Adams would beg to differ.

The founder of the brilliant NRBQ combo walked away from the band name when its original lineup splintered in 2004, when he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer.

In 2007, the spider-limbed keyboardist tentatively returned with new members (guitarist Scott Ligon, bassist Pete Donnelly, drummer Conrad Choucroun) as The Terry Adams Rock And Roll Quartet.

But on July 19, he returns with “Keep This Love Goin’,” having rechristened said outfit NRBQ. And why not? It’s been his baby since 1967.



Adams reclaimed his title, he says, because he’s finally found musicians who not only understand NRBQ’s lofty past and traditions, but are open to future possibilities, as well (and if you’ve ever seen Adams in concert, you know just how energetic a performer has to be to keep up with him). And he’s definitely feeling his ribald oats again — the new disc features “Boozoo & Leona” (inspired by his friendship with Zydeco musician Boozoo Chavis, for whom he produced three albums), “Red’s Piano” (a tune written by Piano Red, who taught Adams how to play it in the ’70s), and “In Every Dream” (Adams’ country reworking of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat Minor).

For more information, visit www.nrbq.com, www.terryadams.net.

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