Before the beards, cars and fuzzy guitars, Billy Gibbons led the Moving Sidewalks, a loud, bluesy Houston-based quartet that helped draft the blueprint for ZZ Top while building on the late-sixties psychedelic rock movement that was blooming simultaneously in Texas and San Francisco.
Cody Canada may be from Oklahoma, but the former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman has called New Braunfels home for many years, and his new band, Cody Canada and the Departed, is a Texas proposition.
The Departed will release its first album of original material, Adventus (the Latin word for "arrival"), on November 13.
The first single from the new set, "Worth the Fight," is already out, but listen to an exclusive debut of "250,000 Things" here.
EARLY ON A THURSDAY EVENING IN OCTOBER, PAUL SHAFFER’S CBS Orchestra materialized stage left of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York to rehearse a taping of the Late Show With David Letterman. The musicians had run the drill hundreds of times, but it would be a brand-new experience for their guest, who at the moment was in a dressing room six floors above staring into a mirror, shoving a gold cap on his front tooth, adjusting a pair of not-so-cheap sunglasses, and putting a wiggy African hat on his head. Billy F.
Put yourself in Billy Gibbons’ shoes. Back in the eighties, you fronted one of the biggest bands in the world. You sold tens of millions of albums, toured the globe incessantly, and became the weird, bearded face of Texas cool. But that was a generation ago, and now you and your bandmates are in your sixties and want to prove that you’re still relevant. What could you possibly do?
Three days ago, a Reddit user uploaded a photo of "Zee Zee Top" playing a prom in Texas. The Huffington Post picked up the image (above), and it quickly went viral. According to HuffPo, "The photo matches up with an account of a 1971 appearance at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School prom."
In 1979, under the headline “Lone Star Legend,” Rolling Stone profiled Rocky Hill, detailing the Houston guitarist’s career, which was too often derailed by stubbornness and self-sabotage. The piece refers to an unreleased album that the writer guessed might trigger Hill’s transition from a regional guitar hero to a national one.