ZZ Top released the first single from its new “live” recording, Raw, this week.
The band released the single, ‘Brown Sugar‘ Thursday. Originally featured as part of the band’s 1971 debut album, ZZ Top’s First Album, the song was one of many performed during the filming of the band’s 2020 Netflix documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. The video for the band’s performance of ‘Brown Sugar’ premiered in January 2020.
Front man Billy F. Gibbons talked about ‘Brown Sugar’ in a prepared statement.
“‘Brown Sugar’ has been sweetening our concert sets for many decades now, so it seemed like the right song to kick off Raw,” Gibbons said. “The Gruene Hall session was a satisfying return to our roots and a very special circumstance that we’re delighted to share with the friends and fans who have stuck with us all this time.”
‘Brown Sugar’ and all of the other songs featured in Raw were recorded at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX. The songs are all culled from ZZ Top’s extensive catalog. The venue is the state’s oldest live music venue, reaching all the way back to 1878.
Raw will release on CD, 180-gram vinyl, and all digital platforms. The record’s track listing is noted below.
Just Got Paid
Heard It On The X
I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
Gimme All Your Lovin’
Blue Jean Blues
Tube Snake Boogie
In related news, ZZ Top will embark on a new tour in support of its new compilation record titled the Raw Whisky Tour. The tour, which will feature new bassist Elwood Francis with front man Billy F. Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard, is scheduled to launch May 6 in Niagra Falls, ON. It is scheduled to run through Aug. 27 in Beaver Dam, KY and features performances in cities, such as Loveland, CO; Saratoga, CA and Gran Island, NE.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are on sale.
Date: City / State: Venue:
May 6 Niagara Falls, ON, CAN Fallsview Casino Resort
May 2 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
June 1 Redding, CA Redding Civic Auditorium
June 2 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
June 5 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavilion
June 7 Bend, OR Hayden Homes Amphitheater
June 8 Walla Walla, WA Wine Country Amphitheater
June 9 Spokane, WA First Interstate Center for the Arts
June 12 Billings, MT MetraPark – First Interstate Arena
June 14 Grand Junction, CO Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
June 17 Tucson, AZ Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater
June 19 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 Loveland, CO Budweiser Events Center
June 22 Grand Island, NE Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center
June 24 Park City, KS Hartman Arena
June 25 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
June 26 Little Rock, AR First Security Amphitheater
June 29 Rogers, AR Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 1 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater
July 2 Sterling Heights, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre,Freedom Hill
July 5 Fort Wayne, IN Foellinger Theater
July 9 Greenville, WI Greenville Lion’s Park
July 22 Boston, MA Leader Bank Pavilion
July 23 Watertown, NY Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond Aug 27 Beaver Dam, KY Beaver Dam Amphitheater
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