as providing further details on the new album, including song titles and
producers, to be released in 2011:
ZZ Top's new album is now finished, being mixed, and will be released
in the fall of 2011. Billy Gibbons tells Mojo magazine, "It sounds and
feels like Tres Hombres, with a few elements of the Eliminator period
thrown in. A pretty wide range, from basic blues to slightly more fancy
Songs recorded include "Flyin' High," "More Slower Blues." "Chartreuse"
and "Have A Little Mercy." The latter is, says Gibbons, inspired by
early B.B. King cuts.
The sessions have been executive-produced by Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Johnny Cash, Metallica, etc). Gibbons adds, "The thing about
Rick is he pushes the artists to spend more time reaching down deeper
than they normally would."
ZZ top recorded at the famous Shangri La Studios in Malibu with
engineeer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Jet). The trio then moved back to Texas, to
Foam Box Recordings in Houston, with long-time engineer Joe Hardy. "It
was the Sardy and Hardy party," said Gibbons.
A version of "Flyin' High," which is not confirmed for the album, has
already debuted: played en-route to the International Space Station on
Russia's Soyuz spacecraft. "We figured it'd be the perfect song to pass
along to the astronauts," said Gibbons.
Not every song will be as as radio-friendly as "Flyin' High", insists
Billy. "More Slower Blues" is "simply one chord, that never stops."
ZZ Top have yet to reveal the album's title and its final tracklisting.