C'mon! Hot sauce! Billy Gibbons proves he's still way cooler than you are

Billy Gibbons
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ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has released a video for Rollin’ and Tumblin’, taken from 2018's The Big Bad Blues album. 

Originally recorded by Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929, Rollin’ and Tumblin’ has become a Delta blues classic, covered over the years by the likes of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, as well as by more modern artists including Cream, Canned Heat, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Blackfoot, Jeff Beck and, uhm, Cyndi Lauper.  

"Rollin’ and Tumblin’ is the musical embodiment of our favoured slogan ‘blues you can use,’" says Gibbons. "No matter how it’s interpreted, it’s the sound of the now and the future, too! We’re happy to have it out again as our contribution to continuum that is the blues." 

The recording features former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum – who produced the video – and Alabaman guitarist Austin Hanks, who co-wrote Flyin' High with Gibbons on ZZ Top's La Futera album. 

When The Big Bad Blues was released, Gibbons said, “We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavour of Perfectamundo [released in 2015] and completed the journey.

"The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form."

“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” he added. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!"

“I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on. The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the line-up of usual suspects, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy, all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie). The lengthy list of champions is forever carved in stone."

The Big Bad Blues is out now.

Billy F Gibbons - The Big Bad Blues

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.