When ZZ Top came out of Houston in the early ‘70s, they played a fuzzy mix of blues and boogie rock that totally suited their appearance and background. With slight variations over the years, that’s pretty much what they’ve stuck with for the past four decades. After a somewhat stumbling start, the trio (Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard) locked into 1973’s ‘Tres Hombres’ with a crowded-barroom intensity that shot them straight into the Top 10. Ten years later, they slapped a bunch of synth-driven pop rhythms on top of their beer-soaked rock ‘n’ roll and scored the biggest album of their career, ‘Eliminator,’ which yielded radio classics like ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and made them instant MTV stars. Since then, ZZ Top have released a steady stream of records and have regularly hit the road for their still-entertaining stage show.
ZZ Top Brings 'Raw Whisky' Tour to Ohio: Photo Gallery
Willie Nelson welcomes Texas trio to his Outlaw Music Festival.
ZZ Top Feels 'Somewhat New as a Band' With Elwood Francis
Billy Gibbons praised guitar tech's "robust energy that is actually a boost to ZZ Top."
ZZ Top Plan New Music With Dusty Hill's Replacement
"It would be an interesting excursion into the unknown," Billy Gibbons tells UCR.
50 Years Ago: ZZ Top Pilfer 'Francine' for First Charting Song
Girl the narrator is completely in love with was only 13.
How ZZ Top Overcame Dreaded 'Red Light Fever' on 'Rio Grande Mud'
Sophomore album found Texas trio honing studio craft.
Watch ZZ Top Play 'Brown Sugar' From Upcoming 'Raw' Live Album
'Raw' will arrive on July 22.
Willie Nelson Announces Tour With ZZ Top, Jason Isbell and More
Annual Outlaw Music Festival will also include appearances from Gov't Mule, Larkin Poe and Allison Russell.
ZZ Top Announce 'Raw' Live Album and Raw Whisky Summer 2022 Tour
Trio recorded live LP in connection with 2019 Netflix documentary.