Auto Tune: “Ridin’ in my Car” by NRBQ

May 13th, 2015 at 3:00pm

Driving, riding, roads and of course cars themselves have all been immortalized by writers, composers and musicians around the world. Auto Tune is our way to spotlight a unique transportation song to celebrate these “ridden” gems along with the artists or composers who crafted them. Some you may know, many we’re sure you don’t.

NRBQ_All-Hopped-UpThese days Al Anderson is a first rate songwriter in Nashville, TN playing gigs around town every now and then. But back in the early days of his career he was the guitarist for one of the most beloved bands who still performs today, The New Rhythm & Blues Quartet, or better known by its initials: NRBQ.

The band has been a favorite of any self-respecting hipster who has been listening to music since the ‘60s. And what’s so great about the band is that it’s, well, just a band. Despite several talented iterations, these guys have never made it big which is probably one of the reasons it’s still kicking today. However, if I were to choose, it’s a no-brainer that the ’74 to ’94 version of the band was the best by far.

Led by pianist Terry Adams –- today’s remaining original member — with drummer Tom Ardolino, Joey Spampinato on bass and Al Anderson on guitar, this band released 18 albums during its 20 years together and influenced countless future musicians. And without a doubt, the best song these four ever recorded is the upbeat but heartfelt break up tune called “Ridin’ In My Car.” Written by Al, I call it the sweetest fantasy breakup song ever. With summer just around the corner, plug it into your audio system and see if you don’t agree.

- Chip Drake, Executive Producer, Autoline

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