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Episode 63:
Billy Gibbons





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There are 100s of people who could be considered for this format, some might not shine. A few rare talents here... Jonny Lang, Phil Keaggy (about as good on guitar as can be--any genre/improv), Gino Vannelli, Peter Frampton!
- posted by msc7c - April 15, 2014
Clerk Kent above was right--ZZ Top seems to mail it in live; playing stuff almost note for note but this performance with Daryl's band was outstanding....stellar jams throughout; Billy is one of the greatest guitar gods on earth and you see how easily interacts with the whole bands I hope Daryl brings in more rockers...would love to see him with Paul Rodgers or bring in Gary Rossington and Johnny Van Zandt, Peter Frampton or Gregg Allman
- posted by ericsmith59 - April 11, 2014
Hey Daryl! Welcome back mate. Love your show and always been a big fan of your work. What's happened to your old guitarist? I hope you can get Boz Scaggs on the show some time. Keep up the great work and greetings from beautiful sunny Sydney, Australia :-)
- posted by MusicMaestro - April 3, 2014
I find the show a great concept, what a great way to hear artists perform and being interviewed. As for the Billy Gibbons show, I found it both depressing and and so uplifting it gave me goose bumps, at the same time. The reason is that both the last times I've seen ZZTop, and when looking at clips on Youtube it seems that one of the worlds absolutely greatest players has lost it or doesn't care any more. His playing, live and in clips, is lazy, sloppy, unstructured, untight and gives you the feeling he's phoning it in thinking "that'll do". The singin also leagues below par. Gone, is the man that shook us with "Just got back from babys", "Blue Jean Blues" and the supertight "Waitin For The Bus". Granted, that has to do with them playing the boring freight train music from eliminator and onwards and trying to fit the good stuff into that synthetic 80's sound, the drums playing flat stomp and sounding like an 80's drum machine, so one can understand playing guitar to that crap is pretty uninspiring. That is why I got shocked when watching this, firstly because it proves that yes, he WAS phoning it in, and NO, he hasn't lost it at all! Here Billy plays better than in any clip you'll find on youtube, and definately better than you will ever hear him live. His singing is also perfect. Even what I always considered an all time low "Sharp dressed man" kicks some gigantic ass here! So I'm thinking, hey Billy, next time you go on tour, bring an extra backing guitarist, the guy here that plays piano/keyboard, skip the 80's sound, especially on the drums, and man the F up like you did here!
- posted by ClerkKent - March 29, 2014
John Fogerty, Mark Farner, Dave Mason, Stephen Stills, Van the Man Morrison, take your pick it does the trick. Keep it coming Daryl!
- posted by Charleroi77 - March 10, 2014
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Billy Gibbons
Billy Gibbons is a founding member and guitarist for the famed Texas blues-rock band ZZ Top with bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The band, formed in Houston in 1969, boasts seven platinum and 11 gold records, selling more than 25 million in U.S. album sales alone.

Daryl and Billy launch into a remarkably diverse seven-song set of Daryl Hall and John Oates and ZZ Top chestnuts along with a vintage cover of Hammond B-3 jazz-blues organist Jimmy McGriff’s 1963 instrumental, “Kiko.” The pair also perform such deep Daryl Hall tunes as “Bank on Your Love,” a song from Daryl Hall and John Oates' hit album, Big Bam Boom and “Love You Like a Brother,” recorded in 1973, but unreleased until 1977’s Atlantic Records hits compilation, No Goodbyes. The twosome lean into four ZZ Top nuggets, the band’s cover of Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” from the 1979 album Deguello; the classic “La Grange,” included on 1973’s Tres Hombres; “Sharp Dressed Man” from 1983’s 10-million-selling Eliminator, and the group’s version of the Nightcaps’ ‘50s rave-up, “Thunderbird.”

“Playing Live from Daryl’s House is a regular, down-to-earth, big bash,” said Gibbons about the experience. “Good groovin’ to the core.”

“Being in a room with Billy Gibbons is like dipping your toe into the deep wellspring of Texas rock, blues and soul,” says Daryl.

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