Everybody say yeah!
The first-ever career-spanning boxed set, produced and compiled to celebrate 50 years of the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet—NRBQ!
Founded in 1966 in Louisville, Kentucky, NRBQ has given their dedicated fan base decades of great recordings and exceptional live shows in countless festivals, clubs, colleges, and concert halls. No style of music is safe around NRBQ—their first Columbia album, for example, ranged from Eddie Cochran to Sun Ra and their own diverse compositions have been covered by artists including Bonnie Raitt, Dave Edmunds, She And Him, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, and Widespread Panic. There are very few bands that have lasted for half a century, and the list of those that are still at the top of their creative game is even smaller.
Their legendary live shows are programmed on the spot, drawing on their own classics (“Me And The Boys,” “RC Cola And A Moon Pie,” “Wacky Tobacky,” “Ridin’ In My Car,” “12 Bar Blues” and “Christmas Wish”) along with great new material and countless other surprises. Their fans include Keith Richards, Wilco, The Replacements, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., and Bob Dylan among others and their songs have been featured on The Simpsons, Weeds, and Wilfred.
With more than 30 albums recorded, they have proven themselves to be peerless musicians, songwriters and performers. So to celebrate NRBQ, Omnivore Recordings is proud to present High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective consisting of five CDs of hits, rarities, concert staples and previously unissued gems (106 songs in all), all lovingly remastered, alongside extensive booklet notes and many previously unseen photos.
After so many years of brilliant, unpredictable, joyfully exciting musical explorations on stage and in the studio, it’s time to honor NRBQ. Fifty years of celebrating is worth celebrating!