30 days, 30 albums... NRBQ - Diggin' Uncle Q

You might never have heard of them, but the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet have been rocking for over 30 years - a seriously talented bunch of players, they seem to mix blues, rockabilly, country, bebop, the Beatles, the Lovin' Spoonful and Louis Prima into every song. Elvis Costello has described them as 'the best band in America'. Wonderful harmonies, bizarre little instrumentals and wild solos abound on every disc. There are half a dozen album gems in their back catalogue. This was my first introduction to the band - a blistering live set that captures everything great about the band. My tip - try to stick with the long mid-career NRBQ material that features guitarist Big Al Anderson. He's a one-man riot on a Telecaster with a foghorn voice. Albums to catch - At Yankee Stadium, Grooves in Orbit, Tiddlywinks and Ridin' In My Car.