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ZZ Top- Tubesnake Boogie- Gruene Hall, New Braunfels TX

This was something longtime ZZ Top fans had been dreaming about for decades: a horned toad's eye view of Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and now dearly departed Dusty Hill at rehearsal in the Lone Star state in historic roadhouse Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, nestled in the Texas Hill Country, knocking the bottom out of the ornery bucket shuffle "Tubesnake Boogie" for the Grammy-nominated film documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas.

ZZ TOP- Rio Grande Mud 50th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard

Fiftieth anniversary of the all-important transitional second ZZ Top album, Rio Grande Mud, will focus on the all-around improvements in recording quality and songwriting reflected in such perennials as "Francene", "Just Got Paid", "Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell", and the introduction of "the squank" to guitar vernacular on "KoKo Blue". Squankmaster Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard, and the dearly missed Dusty Hill tell the colorful tales of the earliest days of ZZ Top here In the Studio for  Rio Grande Mud's five decade pit stop.

ZZ TOP- El Loco 40th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard

ZZ Top "El Loco" fortieth anniversary interview with Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, & Frank Beard "In the Studio".

Redbeard Rocks American Black History Month!

rock'n'soul playlist of the greatest rockers like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, and twenty-five more all paying  tribute to Detroit's Motown and Memphis' Stax  African-American musical giants, presented to commemorate American Black History Month.
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ZZ Top First Album- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

Fifty year anniversary of their debut, logically titled “ZZ Top’s First Album”, with Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and the late Dusty Hill who passed away in July 2021 following hip surgery.
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ZZ Top- Afterburner 35th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

Thirty-five years ago ZZ Top's"Afterburner" came out. But don't go looking for it in the 2019 ZZ Top rockumentary film "That Little Ol' Band from Texas" .That otherwise well-done pastiche of just some of the chapters in this colorful trio's fifty year telenovella implied that all meaningful recording by ZZ Top wrapped at the conclusion of "Eliminator" way back in 1983. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard join me here In the Studio  on the thirty-fifth anniversary of "Sleeping Bag","Stages","Woke Up with Wood", and "Planet of Women".

ZZ Top- Fandango- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

For their 1975 "Fandango", my guests Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard in "That Little Ol' Band from Texas" ZZ Top were tellin' tall tales here In the Studio  long before Netflix or Amazon Prime were ever invented! -Redbeard

ZZ Top- Deguello- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard In the Studio for “Deguello”

ZZ Top- Lagrange- Castle Donington, Derbyshire UK 8-17-85

One of the priceless pieces of twenty-five years of rock history, almost criminally tossed in a dumpster by the new owners of Q102 Dallas/Ft Worth in August 1998, was a tape cartridge that I had dubbed from a cassette containing a live medley…
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ZZ TOP- Eliminator- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

One of my secret weapons at making ROCK 103 the top-rated radio station in Memphis from 1980 through 1983 was the friendship that developed with the late legendary John Fry and his  wonderfully talented staff at the world-renowned Ardent Studios…