The Terry Adams Rock and Roll Quartet
Berkeley Cafe, Raleigh, NC Jan. 21, 2011
As my friend, Bob Davis put it "I think the boy has done his James Jamerson homework". Guitar player Scott, sings and plays so much like Big Al that it's downright scary! So that was then, about a year ago. At the time I saw them as remarkable understudies. They had learned their parts to perfection.
So what made last night SO much better? Ladies and Gentlemen the Terry Adams Rock and Roll Quartet is now a BAND. They are a force. They have GREAT new songs that could easily have been slipped into an NRBQ show. Last night they sang like innocent children, nailing the notes and breaking your heart with every word. When Pete, the bass player sang "Things to you" I felt the swoon of every girl in the house swirling through. I can't believe I could EVER say this and I pray it never gets back to Joey but, DAY-YAMM! NObody could have sang it any purtier! NO-BAH-DEE! He sang it with the emotion of someone who had just written the song, which he did not! Scott, like I said before, has Al's voice down...and now he's got his GROWL, his confidence and yes..his presence. You can tell that he is still, to this day blown away by Al's playing but all the while he adds a little sauce of his own to the parts. "It Feels Good" was the solo that made him throw his head back and almost vibrate with the joy that it was giving him to play it.
But tonight it wasn't Al's solo, it was his. I really think that's what blew everybody away last night. The great new songs were theirs, the singing was their own and even the NRBQ songs seemed to be theirs. They were definitely a band and NOT a group of individuals, understudies if you will, trying to imitate art. They are now their own brand of art, their own cartoon.The Terry Adams Rock and Roll Quartet is now a band that reminds you of why you go see bands and why you always wanted to be part of one...especially one like this.
When it was all over, people were hugging and walking around in a daze like there had been an earthquake or something. We were all asking around, checking each other's pulse, making sure everyone was alright. Oh yeah, we were alright.
Much MORE than alright.
Oh, and did I mention...they had a pretty good piano player too!