ZZ Top Debuts New “Live” Recording’s First Single

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

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.

RAW Tracklisting:

Side 1

Brown Sugar

Just Got Paid

Heard It On The X

La Grange

Tush

Thunderbird 

Side 2

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide

Gimme All Your Lovin’

Blue Jean Blues

Certified 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

More information on ZZ Top’s new documentary soundtrack and tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.zztop.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/zztop

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