Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

ZZ Top have been together making music since 1970 (having gone through a few lineup changes the previous year), and the bearded Texans first hit the big time with 1973’s Tres Hombres, a record that contained the immortal boogie anthem La Grange. Billy Gibbons employed a style of picking his guitar that is referred to as “pinch harmonics”, and the sound of that captivated me to the point that I decided I absolutely must learn to play guitar. Thank you, Billy Gibbons! Other amazing songs on this stellar collection of Southern fried blues/hard rock include Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers, Hot, Blue & Righteous, Master Of Sparks (a song about getting inside a home made round metal cage and being propelled out of a speeding pickup truck onto a desert highway!), and the tag team of Waitin’ For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago. This stuff remains just as badass today as it did on the day it was recorded, and that is why ZZ Top is eternal!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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