Published On: Thu, Aug 3rd, 2017

ZZ Prime REVIEW: A pointy set of bewhiskered boogie and blues at Ramblin’ Man Honest


Of the numerous beards on parade at this 12 months’s Ramblin’ Man Honest, there have been solely the 2 that basically mattered – three should you rely the drummer’s surname – as ZZ Prime synchronised their stroll onto the stage because the Ramblin’ Man 2017 weekend headliners.  

Armed with a Texan drawl that may allure the pores and skin off a rattlesnake, Billy Gibbons is aware of how one can play an viewers as he, and Dusty Hill, revved up the turbo riff to Bought Me Beneath Stress. 

“Have Mercy”, sang Gibbons and Hill, because the boogie bounce to Waitin’ for the Bus sizzled and snaked out of the excellent sound stage speaker system – not typically to be discovered at most festivals.

Then the sleazy growl of guitar on Jesus Simply Left Chicago showcased Gibbons’ imply blues licks and slick foot strikes. This prolonged musical exercise – with Dusty Hill locking down a low finish bass groove – reminded all that this lil ole band from Texas have not forgotten their bar-room blues roots!

However it was the acquainted chords to Gimme All Your Lovin’ that introduced the loudest cheer from the viewers, who busted a couple of synchronised strikes of their very own, to this crunchy good-time jukebox favorite. 

Most keep in mind this track’s heavy rotation on MTV, which broke ZZ Prime into the large time and the humorous video that established the band as high worldwide artists.

The Prime has at all times been a band that loves to include each humour and irony – with a pointy sense for the ridiculous – into their songs. 

By no means extra so than on the lyrics to Pincushion with its unforgettable couplet: “I’m getting pricked round and puncturated. I let my ya ya down, I received penetrate”. All to the loud and normal amusement of the bought out crowd.

If issues get actual unhealthy you then higher name Billy, as Gibbons flipped over his guitar to disclose the phrase “beer” emblazoned, in massive letters, throughout the again of it! Clearly a band that will be an ideal match enjoying on the finish of a pier, as they’re at headlining the nice live performance halls and festivals across the globe. 

Because the opening band for each Jimi Hendrix and The Doorways, Hendrix as soon as praised Gibbons as his favorite guitarist when a youthful Gibbons was a member of The Transferring Sidewalks. 

So enjoying a definitive cowl model of Hendrix’s Cunning Girl, in a run that included Catfish Blues and Merle Travis’ Sixteen Tons, was the right payback. These songs additionally concerned the easy slide guitar work from Gibbons’ center finger.

I keep in mind seeing ZZ Prime, for the primary time, after they performed the legendary TV present The Previous Gray Whistle Take a look at, in assist of their simply launched Deguello album. So an inch-tight tackle Low cost Sun shades, from that album, delighted all of the again within the day followers of the band as Gibbons and Hill smiled their whitest of enamelled enamel smiles.

Then it was time to get all fluffy, as they completed up their predominant set, by strapping on furry guitars for a sonic stretch out on Legs – bringing their inimitable and distinctive guitar strikes again to the fore as soon as once more.

No ZZ Prime set  – or a competition named after an Allman Brothers track – could be full with out the heads down boogie of La Grange and Tush! This appeared an ideal ending to a wonderful, pleasant competition that grows from energy to energy annually. However, then, the band re-appeared to nail down a decent boogie tackle Elvis’ Jailhouse Rock’ leaving everybody to lastly ramble on house or again to the bar.

All the time an outstanding and extremely entertaining dwell band. – the longer term seems to be as brilliant because the lone star for the tres hombres of this lil’ ole band from Texas.


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