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ZZ Top release new version of the classic La Grange

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
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Texan blues rock heroes ZZ Top have released a new version of their hallmark 1973 toe-tapper La Grange.

The song was originally released as part of their breakthrough album Tres Hombres, with this new version taken from their upcoming 'live' record Raw, scheduled to arrive on July 22 via Shelter Records/BMG.

Raw was the soundtrack behind the band's 2019 Grammy-nominated Netflix documentary That Little Ol' Band From Texas. It was recorded in one day without an audience, and is one of the band's final live recordings with bassist Dusty Hill, who passed away in 2021. 

"It was, in a very real way, a return to our roots," say frontman Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard. "Just us and the music, no audience of thousands, no concession stands, no parking lot social hour, no phalanx of tour busses. Just us and the music. We knew right then it was a very special circumstance, all of us in the same place at the same time and what a time it most certainly was!"

La Grange became ZZ Top's signature song following its initial success in 1973. The track plays as a homage to The Chicken Ranch, a real-life brothel that was located in the town of La Grange, just 88 miles away from New Braunfels, Texas, where Raw was recorded.

The new album will be available on 180-gram vinyl, CD and through digital platforms, and will be released “In righteous memory of Dusty Hill.”  

ZZ Top are currently on the road on their their mammoth Raw Whiskey Tour across North America. Full dates below.  

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ZZ Top tour dates

Apr 26: Kamloops Sandman Centre, BC
Apr 27: Lethbridge Enmax Centre, AB
Apr 29: Saskatoon SaskTel Centre, SK
Apr 30: Enoch River Cree Resort & Casino, AB
May 01: Regina Brandt Centre, SK
May 02: Paso Robles Vina Robles Amphitheatre, CA
May 03: Brandon Keystone Centre, MB
May 04: Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, ON
May 06: Fallsview Casino Resort Niagara Falls, ON
May 07: London Budweiser Gardens, ON
May 08: Laval Place Bell, QC
May 10: Halifax Scotiabank Centre, NS
May 13: St John's Mary Browns Centre, NL
May 14: St John's Mary Browns Centre, NL
May 27: San Diego Humphreys Concerts By the Bay, CA
May 28: Pomona Los Angeles County Fair, CA
May 29: Paso Robles Vina Robles Amphitheatre, CA
Jun 01: Redding Civic Auditorium Redding, CA
Jun 02: The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
Jun 04: Lincoln Thunder Valley Casino Resort, CA
Jun 05: Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, OR
Jun 07: Hayden Homes Amphitheater Bend, OR
Jun 08: Wine Country Amphitheater Walla Walla, WA
Jun 09: First Interstate Center for the Arts Spokane, WA
Jun 12: MetraPark – First Interstate Arena Billings, MT
Jun 14: Las Colonias Park Amphitheater Grand Junction, CO
Jun 15: Salt Lake City Red Butte Garden, UT
Jun 17: Casino Del Sol's AVA Amphitheater Tucson, AZ
Jun 18: Taos Kit Carson Park, NM
Jun 19: Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 21: Budweiser Events Center Loveland, CO
Jun 22: Fonner Park Heartland Events Center Grand Island, NE
Jun 24: Hartman Arena Park City, KS
Jun 25: Zoo Amphitheatre Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 26: First Security Amphitheater Little Rock, AR
Jun 29: Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion Rogers, AR
Jul 01: Toledo Zoo & Aquarium Amphitheater Toledo, OH
Jul 02: Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Sterling Heights, MI
Jul 05: Foellinger Theater Fort Wayne, IN
Jul 07: Grand Rapids Frederik Meijer Gardens, MI
Jul 08: Traverse City Bay Side Music Stage, MI
Jul 09: Greenville Lion's Park Greenville, WI
Jul 22: Leader Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
Jul 23: Watertown Fairgrounds Baseball Diamond Watertown, NY
Jul 24: Grantville Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, PA
Jul 26: Baltimore Pier Six Pavilion, MD
Jul 27: Harrington Delaware State Fair, DE
Aug 02: Portsmouth Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion, VA
Aug 03: Asheville Harrah's Cherokee Center, NC
Aug 05: Greensboro White Oak Amphitheatre, NC
Aug 06: Atlanta Cadence Bank Amphitheatre, GA
Aug 07: Simpsonville CCNB Amphitheatre, SC
Aug 10: Hyannis Cape Cod Melody Tent, MA
Aug 16: Ded Moina Iowa Iowa State Fair, IA
Aug 17: Sedalia Missouri State Fair, MO
Aug 18: Maryland Heights Saint Louis Music Park, MO
Aug 20: Prior Lake Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, MN
Aug 21: Lincoln Pinewood Bowl Theater, NE
Aug 23: Dubuque Five Flags Center, IA
Aug 24: Madison Sylvee, WI
Aug 26: Indianapolis TCU Amphitheater, IN
Aug 27: Beaver Amphitheater, KY
Aug 28: Pikeville Appalachian Wireless Arena. KY
Aug 27: Beaver Dam Amphitheater, KY

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Raw tracklist

Side 1

01. Brown Sugar
02. Just Got Paid
03. Heard It On The X
04. La Grange
05. Tush
06. Thunderbird

Side 2

01. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
02. Gimme All Your Lovin'
03. Blue Jean Blues
04. Certified Blues
05. Tube Snake Boogie

Liz Scarlett
Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.