Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Blues Guitar, From Primordial Soup To Cloud Cities
Pretty much everything ZZ Top has done for the last twenty-five years has been a joke. An amiable joke, it's true, but a joke nonetheless. A man's gotta eat. Billy Gibbons is an amazing player, though; and like many of his brethren, a true scholar of what he's doing. This is the rarest of things here: a person that knows what's what explaining it without pretense or ulterior motive.
Here and there, you hear a real ooh or aah sneak out of the guy while he's playing what is for him a mundane, workaday thing. He's remembering the pleasure he got out of discovering it. It's an old man, fishing through his old toy box, finding his old treasures.