Thursday, February 17, 2011

ZZ Top to receive Texas Medal Of Arts

That little ol’ band from Texas sure made a name for themselves, and their home state.

Now, ZZ Top will be honored with some hardware for their contributions to Texas culture.

The Houston Press reports ZZ Top have been announced as one of the recipients of the 2011 Texas Medal of Arts.

The awards spotlight and celebrate the creative excellence, exemplary talents and outstanding contributions by Texans in selected categories, ultimately saluting the best in Texas.

ZZ will be one of a dozen honorees at the Texas Cultural Trust's annual gala Tuesday, March 1, at Austin's Long Center for the Performing Arts. The awards will be presented by Gov. Rick Perry.

Other 2011 winners include Houston's Alley Theater, longtime CBS news anchor and reporter Bob Schieffer, actors Bill Paxton and Marcia Gay Harden, and Asleep at the Wheel front man Ray Benson. See for more information.

Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Van Cliburn, Clint Black, and Austin City Limits are a few previous musical TMA recipients, so ZZ Top - who celebrated the 41st anniversary of their first show as ZZ Top last week - is in good company.

The band had previously been named “Official Texas Heroes” by the state’s House Of Representatives in 1986.

ZZ Top are reportedly in the studio with producer Rick Rubin working on a new album.

ZZ Top – La Grange
Double Down Live 1980 DVD

See also:

ZZ Top, Extreme guitarists help launch new Pushking album
Steven Tyler to appear on new ZZ Top tribute album
ZZ Top to record with Rick Rubin