Friday, August 31, 2018

ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons streams cover of Muddy Waters blues classic

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons is streaming a lyric video for his take on the 1952 Muddy Waters classic, “Standing Around Crying”, as the latest preview to his forthcoming solo album, “The Big Bad Blues.”

The song follows the project’s lead single, “Rollin’ And Tumblin’”, as the second of two tracks by the iconic blues man who was among the inspirations for the Texas rocker.

“I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on,” explains Gibbons. “The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the lineup of usual suspects, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy, all three Kings [B.B., Albert and Freddie]. The lengthy list of champions are forever carved in stone.

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

Due September 21, the ZZ Top guitarist recorded “The Big Bad Blues” with an assortment of players, including guitarist Austin Hanks, bassist Joe Hardy, keyboardist Mike Flanigin, harmonica master James Harman, and drummers Greg Morrow and Matt Sorum.

Some of those players will join Gibbons on a fall tour of North America in support of the record, with dates set to begin October 13 in Riverside, IA.

Billy Gibbons
“The Big Bad Blues”

Release date: September 21

01 - Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ (Gilly Stillwater)
02 - My Baby She Rocks
03 - Second Line
04 - Standing Around Crying (Muddy Waters)
05 - Let The Left Hand Know…
06 - Bring It To Jerome (Jerome Green)
07 - That’s What She Said
08 - Mo’ Slower Blues
09 - Hollywood 151
10 - Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (Muddy Waters)
11 - Crackin’ Up (Bo Diddley)

(all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted)

See also:

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