Alright, folks, buckle up and get ready to be taken back to a smoke-filled Dixie Chicken with ZZ Top’s iconic album Tres Hombres! Released in 1973, this record is like a spicy feast for your ears, served up with a side of rockin’ blues and a whole lot of attitude.
From the moment you drop the needle on “Waitin’ for the Bus,” you’re hit with that signature ZZ Top sound and sets a tone for the listener: gritty guitars, groovy basslines, and drums that hit hard. You can almost taste the Lone Star beer as the music weaves a tale of anticipation to finish the work day. The opening track kicks things off with a punch, and before you know it, you’re riding shotgun on a wild ride through the heart of Texas rock n’ roll.
But it’s not just about the rock and roll swagger. Tres Hombres has got soul, too. Tracks like “Jesus Just Left Chicago” and “Hot, Blue and Righteous” showcase the band’s softer side, with Gibbons‘ soulful vocals.
Of course, the standout track is “La Grange,” arguably one of the greatest boogie anthems of all time. That riff? It’s so infectious that for almost 50 years, that riff has riled up Dixie Chicken visitors in a way that impossible to resist.
“Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” is another that’s stood the test of time. The lyrics celebrate the simple pleasures in life: beer, music, and good times. It can serve as a reminder that sometimes, all you need is a cold brew and some good company to help you get through the day.
If you see me walkin’ down the line
With my fav’rite honky tonk in mind
Well, I’ll be here around suppertime
With my can of dinner and a bunch of fine
Beer drinkers, hell raisers, yeah
But what really sets “Tres Hombres” apart is its authenticity. These guys aren’t pretending to be something they’re not. They’re just three dudes from Texas who love to play loud, dirty blues music, and they do it damn well. Even though the Dixie Chicken is known for our country music, ZZ Top’s rocking edge still fits with the soul of what we do musically. So grab yourself a bottle of your favorite Texas brew from the front bar and enjoy a certified classic from “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” trust me, you won’t regret it.