‘ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ Is A Big Hit

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The wait is almost over for ZZ Top fans to own the band’s new documentary.  ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band From Texas comes home Friday on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.  The 90-minute documentary, which is part of the band’s ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary, is a presentation that ZZ Top’s most devoted fan base will appreciate, as will rock fans in general.  That is due in part to the doc’s main feature, which will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content that comes with the documentary adds even more appeal to its presentation, and will be addressed a little later.  The documentary’s average price point proves to be money relatively well-spent by those who purchase the documentary.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of this doc.  All things considered, they make ZZ Top: The Little Ol’ Band From Texas a piece that is easily one of this year’s top new documentaries.

ZZ Top’s new documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is a positive new presentation from one of the most respected and revered acts in the music business today.  Set for release Friday through Eagle Rock Entertainment and Banger Films, the 90-minute story takes audiences from the band’s early days coming up in the rich Texas music scene all the way up to the release of the band’s seminal album Eliminator, which remains today, the band’s best-selling album of all.  Along the way, audiences hear from the band and some of those who are close to the band, about its history and impact on the music industry.  Multiple mentions are made of the band’s late manager Bill Ham and his role in the band’s success, going from ‘That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ to being one of the top names in the Texas (and music) world.  That is just one part of the story.  ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill even addresses the moniker used for the band “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” at one point, noting that he felt it was originally used in a negative sense against the band just because the trio was not like all the mainstream acts out there at the time. Hill’s further discussion that the band embraced the moniker rather than let it get to the band will put a smile on any viewer’s face.  On a related note, the band members’ discussions on the role that the rise of punk music (yes, punk music) had on its own approach to songwriting, too.  This is another key discussion for audiences to take in.  ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard also gets the opportunity to open up about his drug use and recovery.  That story alone is one of the documentary’s most interesting moments. That is because it is evident that Beard really was sincere about realizing what he had done to himself and his desire to clean up.  Clearly he walked the walk, as he got cleaned up.  Staying on that note, audiences will be entertained to learn how the band’s hiatus – during which Beard got cleaned up – led to the creation of the band’s now iconic image involving Hill and Gibbons’ beards.  Not to give away too much, but not everyone close to the band was happy with the band’s decision to take on its new look, though it turns out, one original naysayer admits, the band’s decision to go the long beard look turned out to be the right move in the long term.  This is just one more of the engaging and entertaining stories that is shared throughout the course of ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.  The documentary is chock full of other material, including a discussion on the advent of MTV on the band’s fame, that audiences will appreciate.  Even as the credits roll, audiences get even more story, with the band’s members today sitting at a table at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX, looking back on the band’s history and its future.  So even though the documentary ends with the band reaching its apex in 1983, the story does not necessarily end there.  That should appease even the most devoted of the band’s fans.  Keeping all of this in mind, the story at the center of ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas forms a solid foundation for the documentary.

The bonus content that accompanies the documentary’s main feature builds on the foundation that the noted story forms in its own presentation.  The doc’s bonus content comes in the form of two separate “live” performances – one at Gruene Hall and the other is a set of vintage live performances culled from the Ham Estate archives.  Audiences get to see in the latter, ZZ Top in its infancy, sans beards.  The five-song collection, which features performances of ‘Thunderbird,’ ‘Tush,’ ‘Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers,’ I’m Bach, I’m Nationwide’ and ‘Manic Mecahnic’ are in themselves bonuses in every sense.  The footage, as old as it clearly is, has stood the test of time.  Even having been recorded before the days of high definition video and audio, it still looks and sounds wonderful.  The band’s rhinestone suits in the performance of ‘Thunderbird’ are fully visible while the audio is wholly clean.  The vintage performance of ‘Tush’ is just as enjoyable as that of ‘Thunderbird,’ its audio and video being just as clear, even despite the recording technology of the day.  It is clear throughout the footage, that the performances all came from the same show, though it is not specifically noted when and where the show was recorded.  However, noting the band’s beards, it was from after the band’s hiatus.

By comparison, the newer, more recent footage recorded at the Gruene Hall was clearly recorded in the last year or so.  The cinematography and sound are stunning for such an intimate set of performances.  There is no audience, or at least not that is visible or audible.  Gibbons’ vocals are just as strong as ever, and the talents of Beard and Hill have not faded in the least, either.  Between that footage and the vintage footage, audiences get in whole, nearly an hour of live and semi-live performances that is well worth taking the time to watch.  When this is considered along with the value of the documentary’s main feature, the combination of that primary and secondary content more than makes this presentation worth owning by any rock music fan and ZZ Top devotee.

Taking into account the importance of the collective content featured in ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, it goes without saying that while the documentary is not necessarily cheap, the presentation’s average price point is a note that the noted audiences will not mind paying.  The average price point for this documentary is $26.28.  That price is reached by averaging prices from listings at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  At the time of this review’s posting, the documentary was not listed at Walmart’s site.  Again, the price is not inexpensive, but it could have been worse.  Considering the amount of content that is featured in the documentary, roughly an hour and ten minutes total, counting the bonus content, that price of just under $30 is not that bad.  Best Buy, Target and Amazon all list prices below that point at $22.99, $$25.49 and $22.93 respectively.  Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million both break that crest at $29.99 and $29.98 respectively.  So again, even with an average price point of $26, the least of the documentary’s separate price listings are just below that level, proving themselves to still be relatively affordable.  Keeping all of this in mind, the money spent on ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is money that audiences will not regret spending.  Keeping this in mind along with the value of the documentary’s collective content, the whole of this presentation, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas proves to be a big hit for the band’s most devoted fans and for rock fans in general.

ZZ Top’s new forthcoming documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  That is due in no small part to the documentary’s primary content, which tells a deep, rich story of one of the music industry’s most respected and revered bands.  The bonus live performances that accompany the documentary adds its own share of engagement and entertainment value to the presentation.  The presentation’s average price point and separate listings round out its most important elements.  Each noted item is important in its own right to the whole of this documentary.  All things considered, they make ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas a big hit.  More information on the documentary is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

 

 

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New ZZ Top Doc To Make Its Theatrical Debut Next Month

Courtesy: Abramorama/Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision/Banger Films

ZZ Top’s new documentary will make its theatrical debut next month.

ZZ TopThe Little Ol’ Band From Texas is scheduled to make its theatrical Aug. 13 at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA.  The documentary, which features interviews with the band’s members, testimonials from the band’s celebrity fans and animations, is presented by independent movie studio Abramorama, and is meant as part of the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour.

The documentary’s trailer is streaming here.  Tickets to the premiere are available here.

ZZ Top’s 50th Anniversary Tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 16 in Ridgefield, WA.  It is scheduled to run through Nov. 9 in Shreveport, LA and will feature performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Peoria, IL and Burgettstown, PA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

ZZ Top’s 50th Anniversary Tour

Aug     16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*

            17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater

            18 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheater

            20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome

            21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle*

            23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre**

            24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion**

            25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre*

            27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater

            28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*

            29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*

            31 – Lewisville, TX – City of Lewisville

Sept    01 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*

            02 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fairgrounds*

            04 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion*

            06 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

            07 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

            08 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*

            10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights*

            11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion*

            13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City BikeFest

            14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*

            15 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion*

            17 – Syracuse, NY – Crouse-Hinds Theatre at John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter

            18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

            19 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*

            21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*

            22 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon and Beyond Festival 

Oct      05 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*

            06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*

            08 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center for Arts & Sciences     

            09 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium*

            11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee – Event Center*

            12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival – Great Stage Park

            13 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

            15 – Augusta, GA – The James Brown Arena*

            16 – Saint Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphiteatre* 

            18 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena*

            19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*

            20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre*

            22 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts

            23 – Tallahassee, FL – Donald L. Tucker Center

            25 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor

            26 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center

            27 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino 

            29 – Erie, PA – Warner Theatre

            30 – Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center

Nov     01 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee

            02 – Waukegan, Il – Genesee Theater

            03 – Peoria, Il – Civic Center Theater

            05 – Springfield, MD – Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 

            06 – Enid, OK – Stride Bank Center

            08 – Tulsa, OK – River Spirit Casino         

            09 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

* with Cheap Trick

**with Lynyrd Skynyrd

All three members of ZZ Top are scheduled to take part in the premiere of ZZ TopThe Little Ol’ Band From Texas for a Q&A session following the screening.  The trailer for the band’s new doc is streaming here.

Band member Billy F. Gibbons said in a recent interview, he is looking forward to the documentary’s premiere.

“I think even our most steadfast fans will find themselves surprised by what they learn about those men behind the beards and cheap sunglasses,” Gibbons said.  “There we are, up there on the silver screen, and it’s something we’re delighted to share with fans of all stripes.”

Abramorama CEO Richard Abramowitz and Abramorama Head of West Coast Acquisitions and Business development Evan Saxon shared Gibbons’ positive sentiments about the documentary during a separate interview.

“ZZ Top always seemed larger than life and are one of the most iconic bands to hit the stage, the pair said.  “They belong on the big screen!  We are proud to be collaborating with our colleagues at Eagle Rock Entertainment, Banger Films and Suretone Management to bring the story of these sharp-dressed men to fans around the world.”

The doc will make its Canadian premiere Aug. 23 at Cineplex Cinemas nationwide.  That premiere will be followed by a Sept. 1 premiere at Event Cinemas throughout Australia.

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

Website: http://www.zztop.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

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Gibbons’ Sophomore LP Is One “Bad” Blues Rock Record

Courtesy: Concord Records

ZZ Top front man Billy F. Gibbons is set to release his sophomore solo album The Big Bad Blues next month via Concord Records.  A little more than three years will have passed between the release of his debut solo record Perfectamundo and The Big Bad Blues when the latter is released.  The 11-song collection of originals and covers is a welcome new offering from Gibbons.  That is evidenced in part through the original composition ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘My Baby She Rocks’ is another of the album’s entries that supports that statement.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Hollywood 151,’ yet another of Gibbons’ originals included in this album, is still more support for the noted statement.  When it is considered alongside the other noted songs and those not noted here, the whole of The Big Bad Blues proves to be a bad record in the best way possible.

Billy Gibbons’ sophomore solo album The Big Bad Blues is a bad record in the best way possible for those who understand the terminology.  It is a work that will appeal easily to fans of Gibbons’ work with ZZ Top and his own solo work as well as to blues purists.  That is saying a lot.  This is proven in part through the song ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’  The song, which comes almost midway through the record, is one of a handful of Gibbons’ original works included in the record.  In regards to its musical arrangement, it is a gritty, Texas style 12-bar blues work that moves so smoothly and creates a certain happiness in any listener.  It almost instantly conjures thoughts, again, of Gibbons’ work with ZZ Top while also lending itself to comparisons to some of the best works from Stevie Ray Vaughan.  That is even with the addition of the harmonica line.  Lyrically, it is just as upbeat, as it obviously centers on a man trying to get a woman to dance with him.  The man sings to the woman, “Just ease across the floor/Do it a little more/Let the left hand know where the right hand goes.”  He goes on to sing, “Just when you think you know/When everything gets a little slow/Gotta take a trip/Gotta shake that hip for sure/Just ease to the floor/And do a little more/Let the left hand know where the right hand goes.”  Plain and simple, this is a man trying to be smooth and get a lady to the dance floor.  Later in the song, the man even gets so bold as to say, “I wanna be your man/You know I can, for sure/Just ease across the floor/Just slid a little more/Let the left hand know where the right hand goes.”  Again, this is a guy who wants to dance with a woman and show her what he’s got, talent-wise.  It’s a quite relatable scenario…maybe less so today because courtship methods seem to be so different today than in the past, but still at least somewhat relatable.  That accessibility, in terms of the song’s lyrics, coupled with the upbeat, feel good musical arrangement makes this song easily one of the record’s best entries and one of the best of Gibbons’ originals included in the record.  That being the case, the song proves to be just one example of why the Big Bad Blues is such a good record.  Earlier in the record’s run, another similar lyrically formatted original titled ‘My Baby, She Rocks’ also serves to support that statement.

‘My Baby She Rocks’ is another work that instantly conjures thoughts of Stevie Ray Vaughan just by its title alone.  That’s because of its close similarity to SRV’s ‘Pride and Joy.’  Musically speaking, it does bear some semblance to said song, too, though maybe only loosely.  If anything, its arrangement is more akin to that of ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’ than ‘Pride and Joy’ thanks to its gritty, mid-tempo vibe.  Lyrically, it is far more akin to ‘Pride and Joy’ as Gibbons sings, ‘My baby she rocks/My baby she rocks/My baby she/My baby she rocks/My baby she rocks right to me/Rocks me all night long.”  He goes on to sing, “My baby she shakes/My baby she shakes/My baby she rocks/My baby she shakes/My baby shakes/Shakes me all night long.”  No explanation is needed here if any at all.  This is a man who is proud of his woman and is making it clear in no uncertain terms.  What’s really interesting here is that laid back vibe presented in the song’s musical arrangement as he sings the noted lines.  This is some one who’s secure in his relationship with his woman and is totally content.  Again, this is a fully relatable scenario.  That ability of listeners to relate to the song’s lyrics and to feel so good in the process makes this song stand on its own merits just as much as ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’  Keeping that in mind, ‘My Baby She Rocks’ is yet another example of what makes The Big Bad Blues such a big “Bad” record.  It still isn’t the last example of what makes this album stand out.  ‘Hollywood 151’ is yet another example of what makes Gibbons’ latest solo record work so well.

Whereas the previously discussed songs were slower in their arrangements, ‘Hollywood 151’ is a more upbeat song.  What’s more even with its familiar 12-bar blues approach, it doesn’t try to repeat the arrangements already performed in the other noted compositions.  It’s just a fun, feel good work.  As with the other songs, this is another one centered on a man who’s crazy for a woman.  This time, it’s a guy telling a woman that he’ll do this and that for a woman on Hollywood 151, including taking her around the world, etc.  He sings, “I’m all about you/Having fun/I’m gonna take you/With my gun/I’m gonna follow you out of town/I’m gonna get you upside down…you know you got me/Left and right/You know me/Clear out of sight/You got me girl/I know you know it…cause you’re Hollywood 151.”  It’s doubtful there’s any ill intent in the mention of the gun, so that should not be taken verbatim.  It likely has another meaning, especially considering everything else noted in this song.  That’s the case considering he sings about buying the woman a big new Cadillac and taking her around the world.  This is just a man who wants to woo a woman and win her over, once again.  The song’s musical arrangement does a good job of illustrating the positive energy being exuded by the man as he tries to win her over, too.  That understanding adds so much to the song.  When one keeps that in mind in considering this song and the enjoyment raised through the other songs (and those not noted here) the whole of the record’s songs makes the album in whole one “bad” blues rock record and a strong second solo effort from Gibbons.

Billy Gibbons’ sophomore solo record The Big Bad Blues is a “bad” album that blues purists and ZZ Top fans alike will appreciate.  It is chock full of arrangements and lyrics that will put a smile on the faces of any of the noted audiences.  That is evidenced in part through the easygoing, blues-rock of ‘Let The Left Hand Know…’ and its lyrical content.  The same can be said of ‘My Baby She Rocks’ and even ‘Hollywood 151.’  Between those songs and the others included in the record, but not noted here, the whole of this record proves to be a fun record for a wide range of audiences.  That includes, again, fans of ZZ Top and blues purists alike.  The album will be available September 21 via Concord Records.  More information on The Big Bad Blues is available online now along with all of Billy Gibbons’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Billy Gibbons Announces ‘The Big Bad Blues’ Tour Dates

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Billy Gibbons is headed out on the road this fall.

The ZZ Top front man will launch a five-week North American tour this October in support of his new forthcoming solo album The Big Bad Blues, which will be released Sept. 21 via Concord Records.  The tour is currently scheduled to launch October 13, roughly three weeks after his sophomore solo record is set to drop. It includes performances in Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Fort Worth, Texas and a number of other cities before winding down November 18 at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Billy F Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues Tour 2018

Oct-13  Riverside, IA  Riverside Casino and Golf Resort

Oct-14  Prior Lake, MN  Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom

Oct-16  Chicago, IL  House of Blues

Oct-17  Columbus, OH The Bluestone

Oct-18  St. Louis, MO The Pageant

Oct-20  Wabash, IN  Honeywell Center

Oct-21  Cleveland, OH  Agora Ballroom

Oct-23  Kitchener, ON  Centre in the Square

Oct-25  Derry, NH  Tupelo Music Hall

Oct-26  Beverly, MA  The Cabot Theater

Oct-28  Huntington, NY  The Paramount

Oct-30  New York, NY  Iridium Jazz Club

Oct-31  New York, NY  Iridium Jazz Club

Nov-01  Washington, DC  Pearl Street Warehouse

Nov-03  Pompano Beach, FL  Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

Nov-05  Clearwater, FL  Ruth Eckerd Hall

Nov-06  Lake Buena Vista, FL  House of Blues – Orlando

Nov-07  Atlanta, GA  Variety Playhouse

Nov-09  Houston, TX   Revention Music Center

Nov-10  Fort Worth, TX   Billy Bob’s Texas

Nov-11  San Antonio, TX  Aztec Theater

Nov-15  Solana Beach, CA  Belly Up Tavern

Nov-16  Las Vegas, NV  Brooklyn Bowl

Nov-18  West Hollywood, CA  Troubadour

In anticipation of The Big Bad Blues‘ release, Gibbons debuted the lyric video for the album’s latest single — his cover of Gilly Stillwater’s hit song ‘Missin’ Yo Kissin’ — on August 9.  It follows the debut of the lyric video for his cover of Muddy Waters’ ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ on July 20.  Also included in the record are covers of Bo Didlley’s ‘Crackin’ Up’ and Jerome Green’s ‘Bring It To Jerome.’

Also included in the 11-song record are six original songs. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Track list (all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted):

1)         Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ (Gilly Stillwater)

2)         My Baby She Rocks

3)         Second Line

4)         Standing Around Crying (Muddy Waters)

5)         Let The Left Hand Know… 

6)         Bring It To Jerome (Jerome Green)

7)         That’s What She Said

8)         Mo’ Slower Blues

9)         Hollywood 151

10)       Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Muddy Waters)

11)       Crackin’ Up (Bo Diddley)

The Big Bad Blues‘ release will come almost three years after the release of Gibbons’ solo debut Perfectamundo, which was released November 6, 2015.  It is a tribute to Gibbons’ love of the blues and rock & roll. Gibbons said in a recent interview that his new album stands separate from Perfectamundo and offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano falvor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said.  “The shift back to the blues is natural.  It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition, and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”

He expanded on the blues as an art form, saying it’s something special.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” Gibbons said. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight ahead licks.”

Joining Gibbons on his latest album are Mike Flanigan (keyboards), Joe Hardy (bass), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses) and Greg Morrow (drums), Austin Hank (guitar) and James Harman (harmonica). Pre-orders for The Big Bad Blues are open now.  Signed and exclusive bundles are available here.

More information on The Big Bad Blues is available online now along with all of Gibbons’ latest tour schedule updates, news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.billygibbons.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BillyFGibbonsOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/billyfgibbons

 

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Billy Gibbons Announces Release Date, Specs For His Sophomore Solo Album

Courtesy: Concord Records

Billy Gibbons has a new solo record on the way.

The ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist announced this week that his new, sophomore solo album The Big Bad Blues is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 21 via Concord Records. It will come almost three years after the release of his debut solo record, Perfectamundo, which was released Nov. 6, 2015.

The 11-song record is a tribute to Gibbons’ lifelong love of the blues and rock & roll, and features a number of Gibbons’ original works alongside covers of tunes such as ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin” and ‘Standing Around Crying.’ In anticipation of the album’s release, a lyric video of ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin‘ is streaming now.

Gibbons said in a recent interview that his new album stands separate from Perfectamundo and offers plenty for audiences to appreciate.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said.  “the shift back to the blues is natural.  It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition, and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”

Gibbons expanded on the blues as an art form, saying it’s something special.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” Gibbbons said.  “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight ahead licks.”

Joining Gibbons on his new record to round out the personnel are: Mike Flanigin (keyboards), Joe Hardy (bass), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses) and Greg Morrow (drums), Austin Hanks (guitar) and James Harman (harmonica).

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Track list (all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted):

1)         Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ (Gilly Stillwater)

2)         My Baby She Rocks

3)         Second Line

4)         Standing Around Crying (Muddy Waters)

5)         Let The Left Hand Know… 

6)         Bring It To Jerome (Jerome Green)

7)         That’s What She Said

8)         Mo’ Slower Blues

9)         Hollywood 151

10)       Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Muddy Waters)

11)       Crackin’ Up (Bo Diddley)

Pre-orders are open now.  Signed and exclusive bundles are available here.  Tour dates in support of The Big Bad Blues will be announced soon.

More information on the Big Bad Blues is available online now along with all of Billy Gibbons’ latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.billygibbons.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BillyFGibbonsOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/billyfgibbons

 

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ZZ Top To Hit The Road Again In Early 2017

ZZ Top To Hit The Road Again In 2017

ZZ Top To Hit The Road Again In 2017

 

ZZ Top just recently released its latest live recording LiveGreatest Hits From Around The World to the masses.  Now the band has announced that fans will get another dose of the band live when the band hits the road for a new series of live dates.

The band announced this week that it will launch the “17 Tonnage Tour” early next year.  Right now the tour is scheduled to launch February 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina and will run through March 14, 2017 in Macon Georgia.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

ZZ TOP TONNAGE TOUR DATES:

Feb-19 – Greenville SC – Peace Center Concert Hall

Feb-22 – Nashville TN – Ryman Auditorium

Feb-24 – Louisville KY – The Louisville Palace Theater

Feb-25 – Northfield OH – Hard Rock Live

Feb-26 – Schenectady NY – Proctor’s Theatre

Mar-3  – Atlantic City NJ – Caesars Atlantic City– Circus Maximus

Mar-4  – Shippensburg PA – H. Ric Luhrs PAC– Shippensburg University

Mar-5  – Washington DC – MGM National Harbor

Mar-11 – Lake Charles LA – Golden Nugget

Mar-14 – Macon GA – City Auditorium

 

Band member Billy Gibbons said audiences will have plenty to look forward to on the band’s upcoming tour.

“It’s gonna be a good time,” he said. “We’ve been at this long enough that we’re starting to get good.  Come and see us; It’s gonna be loud and live.”

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ZZ Top’s New Live Compilation Will Be Welcome In Any Fan’s Music Library

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

ZZ Top has released a new live recording for its fans.  The veteran trio’s new live compilation record Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World will be released this Friday, September 16th in stores and online.  The new live collection of live performances is being billed as the band’s first “live album.”  It should be noted right now that this term should be used very loosely.  That is because it is not the band’s first ever live recording.  The band has already released three albums before this latest offering—Live From Texas (2008), Double Down Live (2009) and Live at Montreux 2013 (2014).  So even though it obviously is not the band’s first live recording, it is still an enjoyable collection of live ZZ Top performances.  That is due in part to the songs that make up the body of the compilation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note as the songs that were chosen for the record.  Last but hardly least of note in this recording is its production.  That includes both the sound editing and the transitions from song to song.  Each element is important in its own way to the record’s presentation.  All things considered, Live Greatest Hits From Around The World is another live record that any ZZ Top fans will welcome to their music libraries.

ZZ Top’s new live compilation record LiveGreatest Hits From Around The World is not the band’s first live recording despite it being billed as such.  That aside it is still another live offering from the veteran trio that any ZZ Top fan will welcome to his or her music library.  That is due in part to the record’s “set list.”  The set list features performances that were taken from a number of the band’s previous tours and songs that are some of the band’s most beloved songs. Those songs include the likes of ‘Cheap Sunglasses,’ ‘Legs,’ ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,’ and many others.  It also features a performance of ‘Rough Boy’ with Jeff Beck from the band’s most recent tour and even a cover of the classic ‘Sixteen Tons.’  While the songs are just a glimpse into the band’s extensive catalogue it does reach somewhat far back into that catalogue, namely to 1973’s Tres Hombres and as recent as 1994’s Antenna.  So, one could argue that the compilation’s “set list” is limited.  There is no denying that.  But at the time, that it is limited also means that listeners are getting some of ZZ Top’s best live performances; not all but some.  To that end, the record’s chosen songs (and performances) are in themselves important positives to note in examining this live compilation’s set presentation.  They are collectively just part of what makes the record welcome in fans’ music libraries.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note in the record’s presentation as the songs and performances that make up its body.

The songs and performances that are featured in Live Greatest Hits From Around The World are in themselves hugely important to the record’s presentation.  They present what are some of the band’s best live performances and some of its most beloved songs.  They are collectively just one important part of the record’s presentation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note here as the featured songs and performances.  The band’s stage presence is so important to note first and foremost because so far, this compilation is only available on CD.  Usually when a live recording is presented on CD, it is extremely difficult for given acts to translate their stage presence to audiences.  That is why so many live recordings today are available just as much on DVD and Blu-ray as on CD if not more so.  In the case of this record though, the band’s stage presence translates quite well believe it or not.  Maybe that is because of the record’s production—which will be discussed shortly—or maybe it’s related to something else. Regardless audiences can actually see the band—Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals), Dusty Hill (bass, vocals), and Frank Beard (drums)—performing with full clarity.  That is rare for any act’s live recording.  It is a testament to the band’s ability to entertain its audiences even today regardless of live or semi-live.  It is just one more important part of the record’s presentation.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The songs and performances that make up the heart of ZZ Top’s new live recording and the band’s stage presence in each are all important in their own way to Live Greatest Hits From Around The World’s presentation. As important as each element is to the record’s presentation, they are not its only important element.  The record’s production is just as important to its presentation as any other element that was and wasn’t noted here.  The record was produced by the band and joined by Carl Stubner and Blain Clausen (something that people who download the album probably wouldn’t know since they don’t have those liner notes that add so much to an album’s experience).  The fact that the band had a direct role in the record’s production is perhaps to thank for the band’s stage presence translating so clearly.  It could even be argued that the band’s direct role in the record’s production is why the sound is mixed so expertly, too.  Considering this it makes sense now why the overall listening experience in this record is so enjoyable even with it being a compilation record.  In the same vein the transitions between songs are just as clean.  Even something as minute as that plays its own major role in a live recording’s presentation.  It is what keeps audiences engaged after a performance ends and before the next performance begins.  Now, keeping all of this in mind, it is clear why the record’s production is just as important to its presentation as its songs and performances, and the band’s stage presence.  When all three elements are set against each other, they paint a picture of a record that, again, any ZZ Top fan will welcome in his or her own music library.

Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World is not ZZ Top’s first live record.  But it is a record that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library.  Whether for its chosen songs and performances, the band’s stage presence, or for its production, there is plenty to say to the positive about this record.  The only downside to the entire thing is that it is not available on DVD or Blu-ray.  All things considered, there is plenty that audiences will appreciate about this live ZZ Top compilation.  All of those positives make this record one that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on the record is available online now along with all of ZZ Top’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zztop.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZZTop

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zztop

 

 

 

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