ZZ Top Ready New Album ‘RAW’ & Annnounce Summer Tour

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ZZ Top are readying a new album titled RAW that was recorded in connection with the band’s wildly popular and critically lauded 2019 Netflix documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. The Grammy-nominated feature from Banger Films and director Sam Dunn includes an interlude that finds the group’s classic lineup — Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and the late Dusty Hill — gathering for a very intimate session at Gruene Hall, “the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas”. That performance provided the basis for the RAW album release.

The album’s title is derived from the unfettered and straightforward manner in which the tracks were recorded. As seen in the film, the band members played, for the most part, together with within sight of each other in the course of one day. The methodology employed was something of an homage to the way ZZ Top recorded at the start of its epic five plus decades run at the pinnacle of rock’s pantheon. Billy F Gibbons served as a producer with engineering by Jake Mann and Gary Moon; RAW was mixed by Ryan Hewitt. The album’s twelve tracks recall the very beginning of the band’s recording career (“Brown Sugar” and “Certified Blues” from ZZ Top’s First Album) and include many of their major hits (“Legs,” “Tush,” “LaGrange,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’”) with a definite blues skew (“Blue Jean Blues,” “Just Got Paid,” “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”) as well as some up-tempo house rockers (“Tube Snake Boogie,” “Thunderbird”).

RAW will be released July 22 by Shelter Records/BMG on 180 gram vinyl, CD and through digital platforms and is dedicated “In righteous memory of Dusty Hill.”

Date:               City / State:                             Venue:

May 6               Niagara Falls, ON, CAN           Fallsview Casino Resort

May 2               Paso Robles, CA                     Vina Robles Amphitheatre

June 1              Redding, CA                            Redding Civic Auditorium

June 2              Saratoga, CA                           The Mountain Winery

June 5             Jacksonville, OR                      Britt Pavilion

June 7              Bend, OR                                 Hayden Homes Amphitheater

June 8              Walla Walla, WA                      Wine Country Amphitheater

June 9              Spokane, WA                           First Interstate Center for the Arts

June 12            Billings, MT                              MetraPark – First Interstate Arena

June 14            Grand Junction, CO                 Las Colonias Park Amphitheater

June 17            Tucson, AZ                              Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater

June 19            Colorado Springs, CO              Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

June 21            Loveland, CO                           Budweiser Events Center

June 22            Grand Island, NE                     Fonner Park – Heartland Events Center

June 24            Park City, KS                           Hartman Arena

June 25            Oklahoma City, OK                  Zoo Amphitheatre

June 26            Little Rock, AR                         First Security Amphitheater

June 29            Rogers, AR                              Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion

July 1               Toledo, OH                              Toledo Zoo & Aquarium – Amphitheater

July 2               Sterling Heights, MI                 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre,Freedom Hill

July 5               Fort Wayne, IN                        Foellinger Theater

July 9               Greenville, WI                          Greenville Lion’s Park  

July 22             Boston, MA                              Leader Bank Pavilion 

July 23           Watertown, NY                          Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond    Aug 27            Beaver Dam, KY                      Beaver Dam Amphitheater

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