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ZZ Top

This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the yea ...read more

This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour.Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their "message" to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom -- both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green -- while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.One of the few rock & roll groups with its original members still aboard after four decades, ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100% American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, MS. The group members had it made into a guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood," then sent it out on tour to raise money for the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top's support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they play. A concert CD and DVD, Live from Texas, recorded in Dallas in 2007 and featuring a still vital band, were both released in 2008. The Rick Rubin and Gibbons-produced La Futura, the band's 15th studio album, and the group's first new studio outing since 2003's Mescalero, appeared in 2012. « hide

Similar Bands: American Blues, The Moving Sidewalks, Little Feat, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band

LPs
La Futura
09/11/2012

3.4
91 Votes
Mescalero
2003

3
50 Votes
XXX
1999

2.5
48 Votes
Rhythmeen
1996

3.2
56 Votes
Antenna
1994

3.2
67 Votes
Recycler
1990

3.2
73 Votes
Afterburner
1985

3.4
125 Votes
Eliminator
1983

3.8
299 Votes
El Loco
1981

3.3
77 Votes
Deg├╝ello
1979

3.9
154 Votes
Tejas
1976

3.4
83 Votes
Fandango!
1975

3.7
132 Votes
Tres Hombres
1973

4.1
336 Votes
Rio Grande Mud
1972

3.7
114 Votes
ZZ Top's First Album
1971

3.7
126 Votes
EPs
Texicali
06/05/2012

3.5
10 Votes
Viva Las Vegas
1992

3.2
3 Votes
Live Albums
Live In Germany 1980
2011

4.3
5 Votes
Live From Texas
2008

3
1 Votes
Compilations
Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top
2004

4.3
3 Votes
Chrome, Smoke & BBQ
2003

3.8
10 Votes
One Foot in the Blues
1994

3.3
2 Votes
Greatest Hits
1992

3.8
78 Votes
The Best Of ZZ Top
1977

4
10 Votes

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