NRBQ readies ‘Turn On, Tune In’–21 tracks recorded at SiriusXM and WFMU, coming September 6 on Omnivore


For more than 50 years, each NRBQ performance has been about breaking new ground, and about moving forward and upward. The stage is where their music is born, and where it lives, breathes, develops, and thrives.

Turn On, Tune In catches the genre-busting band on location in two different settings: a six-track set performed on Sirius/XM’s The Loft, and a 15-song show at WFMU-FM’s Monty Hall in Jersey City, N.J. These 21 tracks will be available on CD, Digital, and on a double LP via Omnivore Recordings on September 6, 2019.

The CD and LP versions both contain a bonus DVD with the professionally shot Monty Hall performance. And all formats contain notes from longtime WFMU DJ Bob Brainen detailing the songs and players, while offering insight into the material and the band.

Turn On, Tune In captures the spirit of this unique group of individuals on two special occasions featuring first-time live recordings of most of the material and six songs previously unrecorded. Terry Adams (keyboards and vocals) and Scott Ligon (guitar and vocals) consistently exhibit the musical telepathy they’ve developed over 12 years. Seven-year NRBQ vet Casey McDonough (bass/vocals) is fresh off Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds World Tour, and newest member John Perrin (drums) brings his own hunger and enthusiasm for spontaneity and creativity to the group.

It’s fitting that the performances captured on Turn On, Tune In were presented in affiliation with two stations known for their “free-form” approach to radio. Because no other band has had as uncategorical an approach to music as NRBQ.

“We have our own genre,” says Terry Adams. “It can’t be contained by somebody else’s idea. There’s not a preexisting niche or style that we’re willing to sign up for.“

So turn on your choice of formats and tune in to NRBQ for an original and exciting multimedia experience.

Track Listing:

  1. Don’t Ever Change
  2. Florida
  3. Yes I Will
  4. Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard
  5. Wilderness Road
  6. Step Aside
  7. Beautiful Lover
  8. Don’t Talk About My Music
  9. Can’t Wait To Kiss You
  10. Nature’s Gonna Pay You Back
  11. Tragic Magic
  12. Red’s Piano
  13. Queen Talk
  14. It Feels Good
  15. That’s Neat, That’s Nice
  16. Don’t Worry Baby
  17. Red River Rock
  18. Keep This Love Goin’
  19. The Animal Life
  20. Things To You
  21. RC Cola And A Moon Pie

Tracks 1–6 : Recorded at SiriusXM in Washington, DC on Nov. 30, 2015 TRACKS 7–21 : Recorded at Monty Hall / WFMU in Jersey City, N.J. on Aug. 20, 2017
DVD Program : Contains WFMU performance

Tour dates:

July 4 BERWYN/CHICAGO, IL FitzGerald’s 38th American Music Festival
July 6 ARLINGTON, MA The Regent Theatre
August 18 FAIRFIELD, CT StageOne
August 23 PAWLING, NY Daryl’s House Club
August 24 WEST KINGSTON, RI Courthouse Center for the Art
August 30 PORTSMOUTH, NH The Press Room
Sept. 25 BOSTON, MA City Winery
Sept. 26 BROOKLYN, NY Murmurr
Sept. 27 MARLBORO, NY The Falcon
Sept. 29 PIERMONT, NY Turning Point