Before the beards, gaudy jewelry, and the horrors of Eliminator, ZZ Top was a blues band from Houston, Texas. Though Billy Gibbons was praised by no less an authority than Jimi Hendrix as the “next hottest guitarist,” ZZ Top initially played to many empty halls and deserted bars. ZZ Top’s First Album may have flopped, but throughout the original cut (released for the first time on CD in 2013), you can hear the now familiar Billy Gibbons sound emerging. 

Maybe not a commercial success, but certainly a good blues album. 

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Muddy Waters and guest Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy kills the solo on trumpet. 

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J.J. Cale wrote many songs which were covered by other artists, including this one by Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” by Eric Clapton. 

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J.J. Cale 

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What’s a warm spring day without jazz? 

What’s a warm spring day without jazz? 

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Mose Allison. The Seventh Son. 

Jazz or Blues? Who cares. 

Muddy Waters. Hard Again. 

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John Hammond. Source Point. (1970). 

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Roy Buchanan. Pete’s Blues. 

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Roy Buchanan. Live Stock (1975). 

Roy Buchanan. Live Stock (1975). 

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"I’m talkin’ bout that ever lovin’ woman of mine" 

J.J. Cale, Okie. 

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