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Beat of the Traps (Tom Ardolino) (Album Cover Art) - Framed Print - 16" x 16"


Thomas Robert Ardolino was an American rock drummer best known as a member of NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet).

Ardolino was a fan of the band, and began corresponding and trading tapes with keyboardist and co-founder Terry Adams. On one occasion, original NRBQ drummer Tom Staley did not return for an encore, and Adams invited Ardolino to fill in. Ardolino performed well enough that when Staley left the band in 1974, his bandmates agreed that Ardolino was the natural choice as successor.

Ardolino was a resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, and he appeared in a promotional video to campaign for the world premiere of The Simpsons Movie in Springfield.

Ardolino's solo album Unknown Brain was released in 2004. The album consists mostly of basement recordings made in 1971-72. The cover states "WARNING: If out-of-tuneness bothers you, do not listen."

Ardolino was also an avid collector of song poems, having contributed to the "MSR Madness" series of compilations.

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