Billy Gibbons released a new surf rock jam, "West Coast Junkie," as a precursor to his upcoming solo album Hardware. The project will be the third solo album from the ZZ Top guitarist, and will arrive June 4th.
"I'm a West Coast junkie from a Texas town," Gibbons croons in his new song. Along with the track, Gibbons dropped a new music video for "West Coast Junkie." It features grainy black-and-white footage of Gibbons and his trio - including former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum - looking for a group of 60's go-go dancers in the desert.
Gibbons recorded the album at a studio in California's high desert. “We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense,” Gibbons said in a release. “To let off steam we just ‘let it rock,’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery.”
Hardware is the follow-up to Gibbons’ 2018 solo LP The Big Bad Blues. Hardware was produced by Gibbons, Sorum, and Mike Fiorentino. The album has 12 songs, 11 of them co-written by Gibbons, Sorum, Fiorentino, and studio engineer Chad Shlosser. It also includes a cover of the 1990 Texas Tornados tune "Hey Baby, Que Paso."
The title of Hardware is an homage to Joe Hardy, Gibbons' longtime ZZ Top collaborator who passed away in 2019. The album is available to pre-order now, and you can buy Hardware merch here.
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Article Image: Billy Gibbons performing at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs on Oct. 11, 2011. (TDCPhoto via DepositPhotos.)