ASK BFG – September 14, 2017

Do you remember how it felt and what you were doing the first time you heard yourself on the radio and what song it was?

We were just delving into the meaning of ZZ Top while driving into a Southern swing through the desperate climes of the hot and humid corridor of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, all the way to South Carolina, when we first heard the airwaves broadcasting our early, primitive, stab at blues-rock. And rock it did. We knew we were destined to remain true to the blue.

What is your songwriting process like …. For example do you write lyrics before or after you come up with the music?

We believe in maintaining the approach to songwriting from any and all angles. If there was a tried and true formula, we would probably be first in line, however, we always simply enter the studio and dig in.

Out of all the living musicians / songwriters who are a few you’d love to jam with and haven’t yet?

We have enjoyed a wealth of talents to engage with…! The one curious notion is a lingering song which has remained unfinished since the birth of the band. Uh, as the saying goes, “Someday, Maybe…!”

rev billy g how did you learn such a deep understanding of how to play the blues? like 3 chords ..turnarounds, licks and groove… is it a secret? break it down if not cause you gots the mojo…

Thank you for the compliments…! We are still striving to interpret this great American art form known as, “The Blues”…
Just know that keeping the turntable wheel spinning constantly will bring forth elements of the originators. John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Albert KING, Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf… Well, you name ’em…! Pick your favorite and go for it.

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  • Larry Nelson
    September 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm  - Reply

    Love zztop. Ben listening to them since 1973.

  • Richard
    September 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm  - Reply

    Would love to know when the BFG’s Cuban adventure will be released on dvd?

  • Missie
    September 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm  - Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed the concert in Milwaukee last night. You guys always put on a wonderful show. Thank you for a perfect evening!

  • Paul Green
    September 19, 2017 at 11:17 am  - Reply

    It’s no secret that for many guitarists (me!) (and probably non-guitarists!), that your guitar tone is about as good as it gets, yet every album is different but the fundamental BFG undercurrent tone is always there. Have you finished your tone-quest, or are you still not hearing through your gear what you are hearing in your head?
    P.D.G. Doncaster. U.K.

  • Jerry B.
    September 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm  - Reply

    I remember seeing you guys up in Memphis and down here in Mississippi from around 73 or 74 and we guitar players were mesmerized. We heard and learned “Thunderbird” and were in awe of the way you put the sounds together in the studio …..Fender vs Gibson make for a solid trac.

  • Rico Thomas
    September 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm  - Reply

    On January 1972 we opened for ZZ Top in Louisville, Kentucky. Your truck broke down on the way to the gig, so you played at the Double Calf instead of the Brown Theater. I was much more intimate. Loved you guys ever since.

  • paul m. garger
    September 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm  - Reply

    No other band’s got that groove, that soul, that hot and gritty guitar…..
    With Frank layin’ down the beat, and Billy & Dusty step dancin’ together into a jam……
    – that lil ol’ band from Texas.

  • michael campana
    September 20, 2017 at 2:50 am  - Reply

    hello billy do you remember a guy named BaHa he used to work for ZZtop He s Keith Urbanz Road Manager now .Good guy shared alot of good stories . i know him well.

  • Christopher Kevin Cockrell
    September 20, 2017 at 9:30 am  - Reply

    Just like your BFGuacamole… here to share .Trading the special ingredients that make a dish memorable and a cut above.
    For the folks in , above , and around the red river a see a cook book of this and that in the future .
    Nothing but chimichangas north of Oklahoma. I didn’t even know what one of those things are until I took a job with Pirelli up in Chicago
    Indiana is a hell of a place to get schooled on Tex-Mex. 25 lighters

  • Michael Kelly
    September 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm  - Reply

    Saw The Top, open up for Uriah Heep in summer of 73…in Bangor ME…my first formal introduction to my favorite band…….!!!!

  • Vincent E.
    September 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm  - Reply

    I’m listening ZZTOP since 1975 ( my first album was “Rio Grande Mud” … then “Tres Hombres” …. and now i got the entire official discography + Billy Gibbons and The BFG’s “Perfectamundo”, of course ! . . . Right on, men !

  • Mark J.
    September 26, 2017 at 11:25 am  - Reply

    Welcome to Paducah,KY.
    Can’t wait to see you guys again! Stick around for some west ky bbq

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