Billy Gibbons Announces New Album, ‘The Big Bad Blues’

Billy Gibbons Big Bad Blues Album

Big Bad Blues

The Legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons announced his second solo album, The Big Bad Blues.William Frederick Gibbons (born December 16, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top. He began his career in the Moving Sidewalks, who recorded Flash (1968) … Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released ZZ Top’s First Album in 1971.

Gibbons new album is a sonic departure from his Afro-Cuban-flavored solo debut—2015’s Perfectamundo—The Big Bad Blues will feature a mix of originals and classic blues covers. Billy Gibbons is commonly known as the ZZ Top

Featuring covers of tracks like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Standing Around Crying,” the aptly titled The Big Bad Blues is set for a September 21 release. You can hear its first single, “Rollin’ and Tumblin,'” below.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said of his new solo album in a statement. “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.”

Noting the blues’ lasting influence on his guitar sound, he said “There’s something very primordial within the art form. Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!”

The Big Bad Blues features Joe Hardy on bass, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum behind the kit, Austin Hanks on guitar and James Harman—plus Gibbons himself—on harmonica. Unlike his last album Gibbons has returned to his roots in blues as he had also in ZZ Top which was a more rock orientated blues style. On this album he performs some classic blues tracks.

The Big Bad Blues is available for preorder right here.

For more on Billy Gibbons, head on over to billygibbons.com.

Billy Gibbons-Big Bad Blues

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Heres The History of Heavy Metal Guitar All in One Song

A Short History Of Metal Guitar Playing

‘Heavy Metal guitar sure has evolved a lot over the years. Throughout the decades, the genre went from a type of heavy blues rock to death metal to out there sub genre to doom, leaving scores of new mixed genres in its wake.

In this well-conceived video on YouTube, whose videos have been featured on this site in the past, we watch as a faceless guitarist (equipped with a seven-string Ibanez) tracks metals progress over the course of one five-minute song, from blues rock to djent.

Heavy metal (or simply metal) is the use of highly-amplified electric axe in heavy metal. Heavy metal guitar playing is rooted in the playing styles developed in 1960s-era blues rock and psychedelic rock, and it uses a massive sound, which is characterised by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos and overall loudness. The electric and the sonic power that it projects through amplification has historically been the key element in heavy metal. The heavy metal sound comes from a combined use of high volumes and lots of distortion.

Metal guitar bands often have two electrics, with one playing rhythm and one guitarist playing lead parts. The rhythm guitar player is part of the rhythm section of the band, along with the bass guitarist and the drummer. The lead guitarist plays guitar solos, instrumental melody lines and melodic fill passages. In power trios, which consist of a guitarist, bassist and drummer, with one or more members singing lead vocals, the single guitarist will switch between rhythm guitar and lead guitar roles as needed.

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Rhythm guitar

Metal guitar isn’t only for the lead guitarist but also for the rhythm guitar player who is part of the rhythm section of the band, along with the bass guitarist and drummer (and in some bands, a keyboard player). The rhythm guitarist typically plays power chords and riffs using an electric guitar that is plugged into a guitar amplifier, with either the amplifier and/or a distortion effect pedal creating a thick, heavy, distorted sound. The rhythm guitar player plays chords and riffs that create, along with the bass and drums, the rhythmic sound of a metal song. The rhythm guitar also plays the chord progression of a song, along with the bass player (and, if the band has one, the keyboard player).

In 1966, the British company Marshall Amplification began producing the Marshall 1963, a guitar amplifier capable of producing the distorted “crunch” that rock musicians were starting to seek. With rhythm guitar parts, the “heavy crunch sound in heavy metal…[is created by] palm muting” the strings with the picking hand and using distortion. Palm muting creates a tighter, more precise sound and it emphasises the low end.

One of the most noticeable elements of metal bands is the screaming vocals that seem to be present in this genre of music. Some rhythm guitarists sing lead vocals or backup vocals simultaneously as they play guitar.

 

 

 

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Watch Judas Priest Play “Victim of Changes” with Glenn Tipton in Bilbao

Judas Priest – Perform Victim Of Changes

 

Judas Priest closed their show last night at the Bilbao Exhibiton Centre by bringing out Glenn Tipton for a four-song encore that included “Victim of Changes.” You can watch their performance of “Victim of Changes” in the video above.

This was the first time that Judas Priest had performed the Sad Wings of Destiny track during this year’s Firepower tour. It also deviated from the band’s usual performances with Tipton, who has been limited making only occasional onstage appearances with the band since retiring from touring due to his battle with Parkinson’s. Throughout the Firepower tour, Tipton has typically only joined the band for three songs, usually “Metal Gods,” “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight.”

Judas Priest Performing

“I decided that it was really going to be too much for me,” Tipton told Guitar World back in March about his decision to step down from the Firepower tour. “With the medication and the time zone changes and everything else, I realized it was time to retire—from touring at least.”

“I don’t ever want to compromise Judas Priest. It’s too big a part of my life.”

You can read our full interview with Tipton, in which he opens up about his struggle with Parkinson’s, right here.

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Yamaha Has Teamed Up with Veterans for Nashville Concert Highlighting National PTSD Awareness Day

Nashville And Yamaha Team Up For Concert Show

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Yamaha has joined the veterans’ group, Guitars for Vets (G4V) on Wednesday evening, June 27, to hold a concert in Nashville to highlight National PTSD Awareness Day, as well as G4V’s program of rehabilitation from post-traumatic stress disorder through music. This cause is so appropriate seen that music can soothe the souls and minds of many affected by PTSD.

Students and graduates of the G4V program’s Nashville chapter made up the bulk of the performing musicians at this free event at Nashville’s Benchmark Bar & Grill, including chapter coordinator Brandon Branham. The ensemble was joined by guest guitarists Bobby Tomlinson, Isaac Matthews and G4V ambassadors Sonny Moorman and Ali Handal, along with Yamaha Drum Artist Brian Fullen. G4V co-founder Patrick Nettesheim and Yamaha Corporation of America president Tom Sumner, both guitarists, also joined the group onstage.

G4V provides veterans suffering from PTSD with lessons on the guitar and a forum to play as a means to heal and cope. Since its inception in 2007, G4V has grown to support 80 chapters in 40 states, operated by over 300 volunteers. Each student in the program in Nashville is presented upon graduation with his/her own guitar pack, the crown jewel of which is a new Yamaha acoustic guitar. Graduates describe their guitars and the music they play as a way to ease their pain, give them focus, build their self-esteem and strengthen their sense of purpose.

Yamaha has been supplying G4V with guitars since 2012 at dealer cost, making it practical for G4V to expand to its current scope. To date, through this cooperative effort, over 2,000 new guitars have been awarded to grateful veterans in Nashville as they graduate from the PTSD rehabilitation program, along with an additional 100 guitars donated outright by Yamaha.

“We started as just two guys with guitars visiting our brother and sister veterans in a Milwaukee VA hospital, and since then hundreds of us have found the strength to band together across the country,” said Nettesheim. “Joining forces with Yamaha has greatly extended our reach, giving us the resources to support more chapters and bring relief through music to more veterans; these people onstage tonight stand as proof that this relief works.”

National PTSD Awareness Day is observed annually on June 27 as a day to recognize the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those affected by it, including roughly 800,000 veterans. Historically, those who serve in the American military have been especially susceptible: roughly 20 percent of service members deployed in the past six years have developed PTSD, and since the Vietnam War, more servicemen and women have committed suicide than have actually died in battle.

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