: ZZ Top - “Tres Hombres.”
This 1973 release defined ZZ Top as a band … and introduced the world to Billy Gibbon’s Texas-fueled brand of guitar boogie. Snarling and gritty, Gibbons lets loose on the driving rocker “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers,” while tipping his 10-gallon hat to pioneering guitarists like John Lee Hooker with the earthy blues of “La Grange.”
“Tres Hombres” remains a watershed musical moment: Texas blues got cattle prodded with Gibbons’ searing approach to guitar playing. But Billy was well-equipped to pull it off. Four years earlier, when Jimi Hendrix appeared on “The Dick Cavett Show,” he cited Gibbons as his favorite guitarist. High praise, indeed.