Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 3rd, 2020
I remember over my years watching History’s Duck Dynasty that the lead characters had very characteristic beards. One of the multi-season collections even came with a beard you could put on or display. A lot of folks thought it was a clever element that set these “good ol’ boys” apart from the other eccentric characters the network parades in their “reality” shows, but if you’re a fan of American music, you would know those beards anywhere. They originally belonged to ZZ Top iconic guitarist Billy Gibbons and equally iconic bass player Dusty Hill, who along with the ironically beardless drummer Frank Beard form the trio ZZ Top. After 50 years they remain the longest running rock band in history to still feature the complete original lineup. Of course, that’s not quite as hard to do with only three members, but it’s a milestone that even few marriages celebrate, and that’s only two people. Like them, love them, or not, ZZ Top have become one of the most quintessential American bands in history. It’s easily recognized with just a few opening chords, and it’s about time someone sat down with these boys to find out what makes them tick and just how three poor cowboys from Texas changed the American music scene forever.