Guitarist Billy will release his Cuban-inspired debut solo album on October 23.
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons has announced he’ll release his debut solo album on October 23 via Concord Records.
Entitled Perfectamundo, it was inspired by Cuban music, with the guitarist revealing earlier this year that he took advice from Foo Fighters’ mainman Dave Grohl before committing to the recording process.
The ZZ Top man also sought guidance from friend Martin Guigui and Cuban musician Chino Pons, who fronts his own New York-based quartet.
Gibbons says: “Chino sprinkled holy water on our efforts and expressed confidence that we were headed in the right direction. That bit of affirmation gave us the impetus for more forward motion.”
He’s backed on the album by his hand-picked group called the BFG’s. They feature Guigui on piano, keyboardist Mike Flanigan, vocalist/bassist Alex Garza, drummer Greg Morrow and guitarist Gary Moon.
Producer Joe Hardy chips in with additional guitar, keyboards, bass and vocals, while Pons appears with the Cubano Nationale Beat Generator percussion ensemble.
Further details will be revealed in due course.
ZZ Top played London’s Wembley SSE Arena in June but had been forced to cancel a handful of dates last year when Dusty Hill was injured in a tour bus accident.
They head out on a North American tour later this month.