New Song and Music Video "Desert High"

https://youtu.be/7gvdgiZWg18

Video Directed by: Harry Reese
Produced by: Matt Sorum

“Desert High” is one of the more idiosyncratic and evocative tracks from Hardware, Billy F Gibbons’ third solo album, out June 4 from Concord. The song, available now, takes the form of a narrative tone poem with mysterious instrumental accompaniment. It clearly derives inspiration from the high desert location of Escape Studios where the Hardware recording sessions happened last summer. The album was recorded by Gibbons along with drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Austin Hanks. Both Sorum and Hanks, it should be mentioned, are based in the California desert these days with Gibbons front and center.

The song, which is recited by Gibbons with his gruff, yet lyrical, delivery cites desert imagery that is specific to the area around Joshua Tree, California. The companion video for “Desert High” finds BFG cruising a dusty desert landscape in a clapped out ’65 Dodge and was directed by Harry Reese and produced by Matt Sorum who also brought “West Coast Junkie,” the album’s previously released track, to the screen.

Listen: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons-DesertHigh

Apart from scorpions, cacti, snakes and eagles, the song makes reference to three illustrious musical souls, two of whom are long departed and the other still very much with us. In the song, Billy says/sings:

“The desert toad takes me for a ride
The Lizard King’s always by my side”

The Lizard King is, of course the alter ego of the late Jim Morrison of the Doors. It should be noted the venom of Bufo Alvarius, species of desert toad is a powerful natural psychedelic. The Moving Sidewalks, Billy’s pre-ZZ Top band, shared concert bills with the Doors in the late ‘60s as they did with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Jeff Beck Group (with vocalist Rod Stewart).

Later, in “Desert High,” Billy recites:

“The Joshua Tree
Gram died in room eight and left it all to Keith
Just a couple of miles from the salt and sea”

“Gram” cited in the song is Gram Parsons, one-time member of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Rolling Stones (“Wild Horses”) collaborator. “Keith” is, of course, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Parsons did, in fact, die in Room 8 of the Joshua Tree Inn on September 19, 1973. He, of course, survives and took it upon himself to induct Billy along with the rest of ZZ Top into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2004. Richards’ friendship with Gibbons dates back many decades to the notorious string of concerts in Hawaii in the early ‘70s when ZZ Top shared the bill with the Stones. When ZZ Top showed up in Honolulu in their western regalia, Stones’ management thought they had mistakenly booked a country band, but their concerns were immediately assuaged when the ZZ Top took the stage and rocked out. “Salt” and “sea” is an oblique reference to the Salton Sea, a man-made inland body of brackish water that lies just 45 miles south of Joshua Tree.

Billy commented on the release of “Desert High,” “The song is, perhaps, not typical of Hardware as a totality but it gives indication of the album’s desiccated sonic sensibility. The desert is a truly mysterious place and we were privileged to have spent all that time there absorbing the heat, the vibe and cranking it out. It’s where natural background is at its most raw and untamed. We suspect what we’ve done is something of a reflection or, perhaps, a mirage, that relates.”

Hardware was produced by Billy F Gibbons with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino. All songs were written by Gibbons, Sorum, Fiorentino and Chad Shlosser except “Hey Baby, Que Paso,” written by Augie Meyers and Bill Sheffied.

Pre-order Hardware: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons-Hardware


Billy F Gibbons - Hardware: Under The Hood - Episode 1

https://youtu.be/rilhiOt4dig?list=PLubK68pqskdXlf-GAoS0Aajb1M0yJn8lq

Go behind the scenes with Billy F Gibbons as he spends time in the desert creating his forthcoming album ‘Hardware’, available on June 4th on Concord Records.

Pre-order ‘Hardware’: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons-Hardware

Get signed and exclusive bundles: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_Store

Video Directed by: Harry Reese
Produced by: Matt Sorum
Location provided by Escape

Listen to West Coast Junkie: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons-WestCoastJunkie
Apple Music: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJAM
Spotify: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJSP
Amazon Music: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJAmzu
Deezer: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJDeezer
YouTube Music: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJYTm


Billy F Gibbons launches video for West Coast Junkie, announces Hardware album Matt Sorum Producing, Writing & Performing on it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thJrQIKWghQ

“West Coast Junkie” the new music video by Billy F Gibbons from his forthcoming album ‘Hardware’, available on June 4th on Concord Records. Pre-order ‘Hardware’: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons-Hardware
Get signed and exclusive bundles: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_Store

Video Directed by: Harry Reese
Produced by: Matt Sorum
Location provided by Escape

Listen to West Coast Junkie: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons-WestCoastJunkie
Apple Music: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJAM
Spotify: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJSP
Amazon Music: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJAmzu
Deezer: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJDeezer
YouTube Music: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_WCJYTm

Lyrics:
Rollin’ my Camino down Route 66
Thinkin’ bout my girl, got get me a fix
Ain’t no one like her, yeah she got some tricks
Baby so fine, built like a ton of bricks

I’m a west coast junkie from a Texas town
And when I get to Cali it’s going down
My baby so tight like no one around
I’m just a west coast junkie from a Texas town

On the Mother Road cookin’ and built for speed.
My baby she waitin’, she know what I need
Gonna bring her Champagne and a ‘lil bit of weed
Girl got me itchin’ like a poppy seed

I’m a west coast junkie from a Texas town
And when I get to Cali it’s gonna go down
My baby so tight like no one around
I’m just a west coast junkie from a Texas town

I’m a west coast junkie from a Texas town
And when I get to Cali it’s gonna go down
My baby so tight like no one around
I’m just a west coast junkie from a lonesome Texas town

Pre-order ‘Hardware’: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons-Hardware
Get signed and exclusive bundles: https://found.ee/BillyFGibbons_Store

Hardware was produced by Gibbons with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino with additional production by engineer Chad Shlosser. Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult drummer Sorum also plays on the album as part of a core band featuring guitarist Austin Hanks. It’s the same musical backbone that starred on Gibbons’ second solo release for Concord, The Big Bad Blues, which came out in 2018 and won the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.


Former GUNS N' ROSES / VELVET REVOLVER Drummer MATT SORUM's Double Talkin' Jive Book And Vinyl Signed Ltd Ed Preorder Available Now - BraveWords

Former GUNS N' ROSES / VELVET REVOLVER Drummer MATT SORUM's Double Talkin' Jive Book And Vinyl Signed Ltd Ed Preorder Available Now

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In Double Talkin’ Jive legendary drummer Matt Sorum takes music lovers behind the scenes of a remarkable life in rock. Sorum, whose albums have sold tens of millions of copies around the world, provides an honest, engaging account of the highs and lows of superstardom. Sorum recounts his childhood years idolizing Ringo Starr and surviving an abusive stepfather. After leaving high school, Sorum sold pot to get by. Over time, his drug dealing escalated to smuggling large quantities of cocaine, a career that came to a halt following a dramatic shoot-out. Sorum fled his old life and settled in Hollywood, where he’d enjoy a rapid ascension to rock ’n’ roll immortality. He caught his big break drumming for The Cult, and only a year later was invited to join Guns N’ Roses, with whom he’d record two of rock’s most iconic albums: Use Your Illusion I and II.

The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winning Sorum opens up with forthright honesty, sharing anecdotes from his time touring the globe, battling drug and alcohol addiction, as well as working with Axl Rose, one of the greatest frontmen in rock, Slash and the rest of the GN'R team. His career with The Cult, Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Motörhead, The Hollywood Vampires, and Kings Of Chaos co-stars an ensemble of rock royalty, from Billy Idol to Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, and Alice Cooper.

Double Talkin’ Jive goes beyond the clichés of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, telling the very human story of what it takes to make it in music, and the toll stardom exacts from those who achieve success. Sorum invites fans to revel in the debauchery of the good times, but also paints a stark portrait of life after the party. Music fans of any generation will find value in the pages of this evocative, thoughtful, and candid autobiography.

“Matt lights up rooms, corridors, clubs, theaters, arenas, and stadiums with the kind of infectious rock ’n’ roll energy that is increasingly becoming obsolete. His dedication to his craft remains virtually peerless, and when the sticks are resting, you’ll have to go a long way to find someone cooler in rock ’n’ roll. Dive into these shenanigan-saturated pages immediately and find out for yourself!" — Lars Ulrich, Metallica

“A colorfully dark look into the f * * * ed-up psyche of a legendary and badass drummer. I want to read it over and over.” — Jonas Åkerland, Film Director

Available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, including a signed limited-edition hardcover with vinyl audiobook bundle, narrated and performed with music by Matt Sorum.

Signed pre-order bundles ship August 2021. Pre-order now at rarebirdlit.com. Trade hardcover, e-book, and audiobook formats available wherever books are sold September 7th, 2021.

Hardcover and E-Book distributed by Publishers Group West.
Audiobook published and distributed by Recorded Books / Tantor Media.

(Photo credit: Jonas Akerlund)


Rollin‘ N Tumblin’

Out now Rollin’ N Tumblin’ from The Big Bad Blues tour with Billy F Gibbons !! Enjoy !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--dK0CVB9YY

 


New Video: Matt Sorum, Billy F Gibbons & Austin Hanks - Missin' Yo' Kissin'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqzUsATxom4

Video by Harry Reese https://www.instagram.com/harryreesephoto/

Here is the hi-def director’s cut video presentation with the song, “Missin Yo' Kissin” from the Concord Records disc, “The Big Bad Blues” by Billy F Gibbons and his solo group "The BFG’s” featuring Matt Sorum on drums, Austin 'Left Hand’ Hanks on his bass+guitar, BFG on his guitar+bass, and Elwood Francis on blues-harp. The clip highlights a performance shot during the sold out house tour during 2018…!

A few notes from the band…

Hey friends…! Billy F Gibbons sending a “Thank You” with this brief note. In this temporary absence of raucous and rockin’ roadshow gatherings, here’s a little thing with a sneak peek to offer 3 minutes of bluesy-rock film entertainment for your viewing pleasure. "Missin’ Yo’ Kissin'" is an understatement. We await the moment to resume sharing some more good times for our loyal friends, fans, and followers…pronto… Bueno…! Enjoy, y’all…!
- - - B F G

Greetings to all the blues lovers out there! Since our sofas have become the front row, I suggest we all throw this LO-Fi FREIGHT TRAIN on the big screen and sing along. We certainly miss you all. Stay safe and enjoy... we will do the same! Now crank it up!
- - - Austin Hanks

Found this gem from The Big Bad Blues tour I was honored to be apart of with my comrades in RN’R Mr. Billy F Gibbons, Austin Hanks and Elwood Francis. I hope this will get you dancing in your living room, kitchen or whatever floats your fancy. Can’t wait to see all your smilin’ faces live and in person soon !!! Till then... Keep rockin’!!!
- - - Matt Sorum