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ZZ Top Honored With Tribute Album Featuring Wide Array Of Generation-Spanning Artists

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“That Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]ZZ Top[/lastfm], has a brand new tribute album out in its honor featuring all the old favorites…with an interesting twist. The album, produced by the infamous trio of Billy GibbonsDusty HillFrank Beard and in stores this week, and packs in 11 covers performed by an unlikely cast.

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Coheed and Cambria[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Aerosmith[/lastfm]‘s [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steven Tyler[/lastfm], newly reunited [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wolfmother[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Grace Potter[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wyclef Jean[/lastfm], outlaw country singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jamey Johnson[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Duff McKagan[/lastfm]‘s band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Loaded[/lastfm] are just a few of the names that came together to honor the trio with the creation of ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends

When the idea was in its infancy, the band was already excited to hear that so many great artists wanted to contribute as they said “We found out that a bunch of great artists were paying tribute to us and we were in disbelief.” Click play below to check out a great rendition of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]ZZ Top[/lastfm] classic “Legs” as performed by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nickelback[/lastfm].

From start to finish, A Tribute From Friends never falls short of a anything but timeless as each rendition certainly has its own unique flare.

The opening track “Sharp Dressed Man” (which is arguably one of the albums biggest highlights) sets a tone for the record and features a passionate performance from an all-star cast by the likes of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Aerosmith[/lastfm]‘s [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steven Tyler[/lastfm] along with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm]‘s [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mick Fleetwood[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John McVie[/lastfm] and if that’s not enough, guitar legend [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jonny Lang[/lastfm] makes an appearance on the track as well.

“Got Me Under Pressure” as performed by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Loaded[/lastfm] is a headbanger from start to finish that packs in a huge punch with a classic late ’80s feel and serves as one of the most driven songs on the record.

Another highlight worth noting is the mega-hit ”La Grange” performed by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jamey Johnson[/lastfm]; a song originally about a bordello on the outskirts of La Grange, Texas that would become one of ZZ’s early trademark songs. It kicks off with that classic riff that we all know and love and then comes right in with Jamey’s vocals which suit the song perfectly. Adding to the feel of the song is the band behind him that plays with a passion as if they wrote the song yesterday.

Check out an early live performance of “La Grange” from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]ZZ Top[/lastfm] below.

After all was said and done, the band had this to say about the finished product and the feeling of having a tribute album in their name. “To a great extent, we’ve succeeded since we’re still having a good time (as a band) so that would be reward enough for the same three guys playing the same three chords. Now comes A Tribute From Friends and we’re so delighted that our music resonates with these great musicians whom we so admire.”

Here is the full track listing and list of artists that appear on ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends.

  1. “Sharp Dressed Man” – The M.O.B. ([lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mick Fleetwood[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steven Tyler[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jonny Lang[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John McVie[/lastfm])
  2. “Gimme All Your Lovin'” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Filter[/lastfm]
  3. “Tush” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Grace Potter & The Nocturnals[/lastfm]
  4. “Legs” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nickelback[/lastfm]
  5. “Cheap Sunglasses” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wolfmother[/lastfm]
  6. “Got Me Under Pressure” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Duff McKagan[/lastfm]‘s [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Loaded[/lastfm]
  7. “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Coheed & Cambria[/lastfm]
  8. “Just Got Paid” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mastodon[/lastfm]
  9. “Rough Boy” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wyclef Jean[/lastfm]
  10. “Waitin’ for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Daughtry[/lastfm]
  11. “La Grange” – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jamey Johnson[/lastfm]

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ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends is available now at iTunes and Amazon.

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