October 19, 2011 by Vanessa 0 Comments

This Saturday sees the debut of ZZ TOP’s La Grange Fest in Austin, TX. It’s a ZZ Top-hosted music festival on Saturday, October 22 at Austin’s The Backyard.  Doors are open at 5 PM and the show kicks off at 6 PM.

Featured with ZZ Top are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jamey Johnson and Corey Taylor. Skynyrd and ZZ Top have a relationship that dates back to the early 1970s and they have worked together extensively ever since. They’ve most recently shared concert bills on the Rebels & Bandoleros Tour.

Jamey Johnson is one of the key contributors to the just-released A Tribute From Friends, the album of ZZ Top cover songs by a slew of the band’s admirers including Nickelback, Grace Potter, Daughtry, Wolfmother and The M.O.B. (Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler, Johnny Land and John McVie) and others.   His contribution to the collection is, appropriately “La Grange” with none other than ZZ ax man Billy Gibbons guesting on the track that’s the album’s closer.

Corey Taylor is a recent addition to La Grange Fest’s line up and he’ll be performing an acoustic set on Saturday.  Taylor is the multiplatinum selling, New York Times best-selling author and Grammy® Awardwinning singer/ songwriter in Slipknot and Stone Sour, two of the most successful bands in rock music today. There’s a distinct possibility that he’ll be joining ZZ Top for a song or two.

ZZ Top’s La Grange Festperformance will be carried live over SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country Channel with a scheduled start time of 10:30 PM/Eastern. It marks the band’s first real time live broadcast to be heard in North America over the course of their careerspanning over 40 years.

La Grange Fest is a reflection of the ZZ Top tradition of raucous revelry set to a down ‘n dirty beat and is presented by “our good friends” at Jeremiah Weed.  La Grange Fest takes its name from the band’s ode to the Texas town that was home to the notorious “Chicken Ranch,” later the subject of the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”.  Billy Gibbons, discussing the forthcoming show, noted, “We’re looking forward to having a good time with all of our friends and fans on the 22nd. Down Austin way is gonna be the place to be that day, doncha know…” La Grange Fest reconnects ZZ Top with its Texas roots and legacy quite specifically.  Just this year the band received the Texas Cultural Trust’s 2011 Texas Medal of the Arts and was previously named “Official Texas Heroes” by the state’s House of Representatives.  The Texas Commission on the Arts has named Billy Gibbons as 2012 Texas State Musician.

In recognition of the heroic efforts of so many Texas firefighters during the recent spate of wildfires in the state, La Grange Fest attendees will be asked to donate to the Texas State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association, the Lake Travis Fire Department and the Bastrop Fire Department.

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