ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons To Release First Solo Album
When he was a kid, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons took Latin Percussion lessons from family friend Tito Puente. Now, a few decades later, Gibbons is closing the circle by releasing an album mixing his low-down Texas blues with Afro-Cuban rhythms and songs sung in Spanish.
Gibbon’s new album, his first for the Concord label -- best known for its jazz releases -- comes out October 23, 2015. The album is called Perfectamundo, and is credited to “Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s.” Those BFGs include drummer Greg Morrow, vocalist/bassist Alex Garza, Cuban-turned-New Yorker singer and bandleader Chino Pons, and Argentine-born, Puerto-Rican raised keyboardist Martin Guigi.
The album includes a “Spanglish” version of Louisiana swamp blues maestro Slim Harpo’s classic “Got Love If You Want It” and an Afro-Cubanized take on the Lightnin’ Hopkins blues staple “Baby Please Don’t Go.”
This is Gibbons’ first ever solo album.
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