Where are they now? ZZ Top

8. June 2014 11:45 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

Known for their blues-infused Texas roadhouse rock, ZZ Top rose to stardom in the 70s and 80s through a combination of raucous songs and an iconic image. Anyone who grew up watching MTV in the 80s and 90s will no doubt recognize the long beards and classic shades of guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Dusty Hill. The two joined together with drummer Frank Beard in 1969 to form one of the most endearing purveyors of grungy boogie and blues to come out of Texas. More than 40 years later, you can still get ahold of your own ZZ Top tickets as the band continues to tour the country and the world.

Blues roots
ZZ Top is known for their reverence of Texas blues. The work of masters such as Freddie King, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker greatly influenced the band's music. Such influence can be felt in the way ZZ Top songs often combine a folksy feel with humorous and irreverent lyrics. As a result, the band is the party-rock band of choice at many an outdoor cookout or barbecue. ZZ Top's bluesy riffs, hard rock drives, and hilariously suggestive lyrics make the band the perfect choice whenever you feel yourself in need of a little Texas attitude.

Where are they now?
Four decades since their formation and ZZ Top is still performing to sold-out venues across the country. What's more, they still have all of their original members, a distinction that not many other rock bands can claim. Gibbons, Hill and Beard are also strong supporters of American blues. As a tribute to one of the fathers of blues music, Muddy Waters, the band had a guitar made out of a cypress beam from the musician's Mississippi shack. The guitar, nicknamed "Muddywood," toured around the country in order to raise money and awareness about the construction of the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top is truly a top-notch act.

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