The Big Bad Blues, as the title suggests, focuses on Gibbons’ lifelong love of the blues and rock & roll, showcasing the blues-influenced vocals and guitar licks that have together served as the foundation for his numerous hits over the past five decades.
The album features 11 tracks balancing some classic covers like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Standing Around Crying”, along with some of Billy’s signature new blues originals.
“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” says Gibbons in distinguishing The Big Bad Blues from its predecessor. “The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”
“There’s something very primordial within the art form,” he says. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!”
“From deep in the heart of Texas, our Hammond organ specialist, Mr. Mike Flanigin, stepped forward and accepted the invitation to step from the B3 bench to take on the task of pounding the ivory 88’s,” says Gibbons, adding, “Great piano stuff from Mike ‘The Drifter’ Flanigin.
“Master of the Fender Bass-guitar, Joe Hardy lent his low-down sound with his fearless funkiness, SO fine!
“Also, in the mash-up mix, the man-with-the-backbeat-plan, Greg Morrow. G keeps the skins alive and kickin’. And while we’re on that backbeat thang…
“Matt Sorum steps forward with his super-syncopation, thrashing the skins like no buddies business.
tracklisting (all songs by Billy F Gibbons except where noted):
“Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’” (Gilly Stillwater)
“My Baby She Rocks”
“Standing Around Crying” (Muddy Waters)
“Let The Left Hand Know…”
“Bring It To Jerome” (Jerome Green)
“That’s What She Said”
“Mo’ Slower Blues”
“Rollin’ And Tumblin’” (Muddy Waters)
“Crackin’ Up” (Bo Diddley)