Watch the Billy Gibbons online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Kings of Tone

The Rev Billy Gibbons was born in 1949 in Texas of course. He started ZZ Top in 1969 and has been kicking it ever since. ZZ Top is truly one of the great American rock bands that infused blues, rock, and a gritty Texas shuffle. My favorite period is the early years with albums such as ZZ Top's First Album (1971), Rio Grande Mud (1972), Tres Hombres (1973), Fandango! (1975), Tejas (1977), and Deguello (1979). Their records are a must for any rocker, not only is the playing great, the tunes and the singing are top notch as well. I do like the later material as well but it's these six records that really define the band for me.