ZZ High made their first look at Willie Nelson’s 2022 Outlaw Music Competition final evening, delighting the group at Ohio’s Blossom Music Heart with their distinctive mix of rock and blues.
You possibly can see unique pictures from the present beneath.
Singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons was in a very playful temper, delivering impromptu solos between songs on a number of events. “We simply make it up as we go alongside,” he defined at one level, earlier than overtly wishing the venue’s gates might be locked so the get together did not have to finish.
Elwood Francis, who joined the band after the July 2021 demise of longtime bassist Dusty Hill, proved to be an ideal match when it comes to each music and facial hair. “That is not a glue-on beard, both!” Gibbons joked in the course of the band introductions.
In a latest interview, Gibbons credited Francis, who was the band’s longtime guitar tech and Hill’s handpicked alternative, for respiratory new life into ZZ High. “He is including an important little bit of enthusiasm,” Gibbons enthused. “After I see [drummer] Frank Beard smiling for the primary time in 30 years, I do know one thing good’s taking place.”
The band’s 75-minute set was in fact heavy on large hits corresponding to “Sharp Dressed Man” and “La Grange,” however additionally they discovered time for extra obscure tracks like “I Gotsta Get Paid” and a canopy of the folks traditional “Sixteen Tons.”
After touring as a part of Nelson’s Outlaw Music Competition for the subsequent couple of weeks, ZZ High will spend a lot of the remainder of 2022 on a headlining tour. They lately launched Uncooked, an impromptu “reside within the studio” album recorded with Hill on bass in the course of the filming of their 2019 documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.
ZZ High Reside 2022
Pictures of ZZ High performing reside in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on July 29, 2022.