Psychedelic ZZ

Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 3:03 PM By: MuZZy

Howdy, all fans of Beards !
This is my first blog post.
I hope y'all are doing well.
Here I wanted to mention some about psychedelic roots of ZZ Top.
I hope y'all would be interested in this.

The 13th Floor Elevators was pioneer of Texas Psychedelic Music and Roky Erickson who is one of Billy Gibbons' best friends, was founder of The 13th Floor Elevators. In Houston Billy Gibbons founded a psychedelic blues rock band named "The Moving Sidewalks". The Moving Sidewalks opened for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Grand Funk Railroad and John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers. Billy Gibbons was Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitarist.

In Dallas Hill Brothers (Dusty Hill & Rocky Hill) founded an another psychedelic blues rock band named "The American Blues". Then Frank Beard joined them (their band had no commercial success but their sound was strong). The American Blues disbanded in 1969. Dusty Hill and Frank Beard moved to Houston. Beard was recruited by Houston guitarist Billy Gibbons of The Moving Sidewalks. They needed a bassist and Beard suggested Dusty; the new trio became ZZ Top (also- "He's our kind of guy." Frank Beard to Billy Gibbons after Beard introduced himself to Dusty Hill in a bar. Hill passed out drunk before returning Beard's greeting)

Excluding them there were many cool bands in Texas, back then and they all were The Lone Star legends...

Apart from the above mentioned bands, some excellent Texas Psychedelic Bands

Fever Tree
Bubble Puppy
Eric Johnson's "Mariani"

search on youtube

Peace & Love,



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