The album is out July 22.
ZZ Top is preparing a new album titled Raw which was recorded as part of the band’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed 2019 Netflix documentary This little band from Texas. The Grammy-nominated feature from Banger Films and director Sam Dunn includes an interlude that finds the band’s classic lineup – Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and the late Dusty Hill – coming together for a very intimate session at Gruene Hall, “the oldest continuous dance hall in Texas.” This performance served as the basis for the Raw album release.
The title of the album is derived from the simple and unfettered way in which the tracks were recorded. As seen in the film, the band members played, for the most part, together within sight of each other over the course of a day. The methodology employed was in a way a tribute to the way ZZ Top recorded at the start of their five-plus decade streak at the top of the rock pantheon. Billy F Gibbons served as producer with engineering from Jake Mann and Gary Moon. Raw was mixed by Ryan Hewitt.
The 12 tracks on the album recall the very beginning of the band’s recording career (“Brown Sugar” and “Certified Blues” by ZZ Top’s debut album) and include many of their greatest hits (“Legs”, “Tush”, “LaGrange”, “Gimme All Your Lovin'”) with some blues bias (“Blue Jean Blues”, “Just Got Paid”, ” I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”) as well as up-tempo house rockers (“Tube Snake Boogie”, “Thunderbird”).
Raw will be released on July 22 by Shelter Records/BMG on 180 gram vinyl, CD and via digital platforms and is dedicated “In Loving Memory of Dusty Hill”. The liner notes from Billy and Frank’s album explain the approach.
“..it was, in a very real way, a return to our roots. Just us and the music, no thousands in attendance, no concession stands, no parking lot social hour, no tour bus phalanx. Just us and the music,” the two wrote.
“We knew at that moment that it was a very special circumstance, all of us in the same place at the same time and when it was certainly the case!
“It was as simple as when we started touring in a giant Chrysler station wagon, traversing wide expanses between those early, faraway shows under dark Texas skies and hearing our records for the first time on the radio. We were bonded like brothers.
“‘The Dust’ may have left the building, but it’s still very much around.”
The band are also sharing details of their upcoming Raw Whiskey tour which features Elwood Francis on bass. The first stage will reach 50 markets across North America and will begin May 27 in San Diego. The title of the tour is a tip of the hat to both the upcoming album as well as the recent release of Balcones Distilling’s ZZ Top Tres Hombres whiskey from Waco TX, a flavorful blend of roasted blue corn, malted barley and rye at 100 degrees.
Tickets go on sale for most markets from March 11 through Ticketmaster.
Other dates will be announced shortly.
- brown sugar
- I just got paid
- Heard on the X
- I’m bad, I’m national
- Give me all your love’
- Blue Jean Blues
- Certified Blues
- Tube Snake Boogie
ZZ Top 2022 Tour Dates:
May 6 – Niagara Falls, ON, CAN @ Fallsview Casino Resort
May 2 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheater
June 1 – Redding, CA @ Redding Civic Auditorium
June 2 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
June 5 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
June 7 – Bend, OR @ Hayden Homes Amphitheater
June 8 – Walla Walla, WA @ Wine Country Amphitheater
June 9 – Spokane, WA @ First Interstate Center for the Arts
June 12 – Billings, MT @ MetraPark – First Interstate Arena
June 14 – Grand Junction, CO @ Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
June 17 – Tucson, AZ @ AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol
June 19 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 – Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Events Center
June 22 – Grand Island, NE @ Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center
June 24 – Park City, KS @ Hartman Arena
June 25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
June 26 – Little Rock, AR @ First Security Amphitheater
June 29 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 1 – Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater
July 2 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater, Freedom Hill
July 5 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Foellinger Theater
July 9 – Greenville, WI @ Greenville Lion’s Park
July 22 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion
July 23 – Watertown, NY @ Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamon
August 27 – Beaver Dam, KY @ Beaver Dam Amphitheater