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In Deep: The Coolest Cats

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Prime Cuts: ZZ Top

El Loco: Billy Gibbons recalls three decades of Texas excess.   “La Grange” Tres Hombres (1973) “That is straight guitar into amp: a 1955 Strat with a stop tailpiece through a 1969 Marshall Super Lead 100. That fuzz sound in the lead and in the front and back end of the composition is just pure tube distortion. Pickup-setting differentials account for the different tones. The opening part was... …

ZZ Top: From A to ZZ

As ZZ Top ready their 15th studio album, Billy Gibbons looks back on 40 years of classic albums from that little ol' band from Texas. ZZ Top’s First Album (January 1971) "It was recorded when we first formed, in 1970, and wrapped up by about March 1970. I had assembled a personal catalog, which fortunately became what we called the band catalog when Dusty [Hill, bass] and Frank [Beard, drums]... …

Inquirer: Billy Gibbons

    Bily Gibbons   Why did you pick up a guitar? It was louder than my sister's screaming. Plus, it looked like a hotrod. It is a hotrod! What was your first guitar? Gibson Melody Maker, single pickup, single cutaway, two-toned sunburst. 1962. Pin-striping extra. What was the first song you learned? "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles and a bunch of Jimmy Reed. Do you remember your first gig? Oh,... …

100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 43 "Sharp Dressed Man" (Billy Gibbons)

In 1983, a smart gambling man would have bet the house on ZZ Top’s imminent doom. After all, it wasn’t the best of times for good and greasy Texas blues and boogie music. Then the Little Old Band from Texas surprised everyone with Eliminator, a brilliant merger of roadhouse blues and synthesizer swells and looped beats. The album quickly became their biggest hit ever, spurred in large part by... …

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