ZZ Top Unveils New Album with the Late Dusty Hill, “RAW Whiskey Tour” Dates

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ZZ Top has announced a new album titled RAW that will be released on July 22nd. The music, which was was recorded in connection to the 2019 documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, features the group’s classic lineup of Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill. The album is also dedicated to Hill, who passed away last year.

“The album’s title is derived from the unfettered and straightforward manner in which the tracks were recorded,” the ZZ Top website explains. “As seen in the film, the band members played, for the most part, together within sight of each other in the course of one day. The methodology employed was something of an homage to the way ZZ Top recorded at the start of its epic five-plus decades run at the pinnacle of rock’s pantheon. Billy F Gibbons served as producer with engineering by Jake Mann and Gary Moon; ‘RAW’ was mixed by Ryan Hewitt.”

The trio performs tracks from their career from early songs like “Brown Sugar” to their mega hits like “La Grange” and “Legs”. Gibbons and Frank weighed in on the album:

“…It was, in a very real way, a return to our roots. Just us and the music, no audience of thousands, no concession stands, no parking lot social hour, no phalanx of tour busses. Just us and the music,” they wrote. “We knew right then it was a very special circumstance, all of us in the same place at the same time and what a time it most certainly was! It was as bare bones as when we first started touring in a behemoth Chrysler station wagon, driving vast stretches between those early far-flung shows under blackened Texas skies and first hearing our records on the radio. We were bonded as brothers. ‘The Dust’ may have left the building but he’s still very much with us.”

The current lineup of ZZ Top, with Elwood Francis on bass, has also announced a new tour. The “Raw Whiskey Tour” will cover 50 markets across North America with more dates to be announced soon.

ZZ Top “Raw Whiskey Tour” Dates:

May 6Niagara Falls, ON, CANFallsview Casino Resort
May 29Paso Robles, CAVina Robles Amphitheatre
June 1Redding, CARedding Civic Auditorium
June 2Saratoga, CAThe Mountain Winery
June 5Jacksonville, ORBritt Pavilion
June 7Bend, ORHayden Homes Amphitheater
June 8Walla Walla, WAWine Country Amphitheater
June 9Spokane, WAFirst Interstate Center for the Arts
June 12Billings, MTMetraPark – First Interstate Arena
June 14Grand Junction, COLas Colonias Park Amphitheater
June 17Tucson, AZCasino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater
June 19Colorado Springs, COPikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts
June 21Loveland, COBudweiser Events Center
June 22Grand Island, NEFonner Park – Heartland Events Center
June 24Park City, KSHartman Arena
June 25Oklahoma City, OKZoo Amphitheatre
June 26Little Rock, ARFirst Security Amphitheater
June 29Rogers, ARWalmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 1Toledo, OHToledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater
July 2Sterling Heights, MIMichigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
July 5Fort Wayne, INFoellinger Theater
July 9 Greenville, WIGreenville Lion’s Park
July 22Boston, MALeader Bank Pavilion
July 23Watertown, NYWatertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond
Aug 27Beaver Dam, KYBeaver Dam Amphitheater

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