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Brad Paisley, Eric Church to Perform at Tribute Show for ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons

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Stars of country music and Americana will celebrate the music of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on May 16 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.

The event, titled A Tribute to Billy Gibbons, will feature live performances by Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, Lucinda Williams, Travis Tritt, Larkin Poe, Dennis Quaid, Tim Montana, Guthrie Trapp and Jimmie Vaughan.

Per the Tennessean, the night's house band will feature Fred Eltringham (drums), Mike Merritt (bass), Audley Freed (guitar), Richie LaBamba Rosenberg (trombone), Joe Sublett (sax) and Mike Pender (trumpet), with music director Martin Guigui joining in on piano.

Those stars and surprise guests will raise funds for veteran-supporting nonprofits and first-responder charities, such as the USO, ThanksUSA and the First Responders Children's Foundation.

The news of a socially-distanced, limited-capacity tribute concert produced by America Salutes You follows details about the ZZ Top guitarist and frontman's next solo album.

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Hardware arrives on June 4. Gibbons wrote 11 of the 12 new songs with Matt Sorum (former Guns 'N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult drummer), Mike Fiorentino and engineer Chad Shlosser. The only cover, "Hey Baby, Que Paso," was originally recorded by the Texas Tornados for the 1990 album Los Texas Tornados.

"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 (as quoted by UDiscoverMusic). "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."

Tickets for A Tribute to Billy Gibbons went on sale on April 23.

And if you want to see something country-related that involves Gibbons between now and May 16, check out Chapel Hart's music video for "Jesus and Alcohol."

Hardware Track List

"My Lucky Card"
"She's On Fire"
"More-More-More"
"Shuffle, Step & Slide"
"Vagabond Man"
"Spanish Fly"
"West Coast Junkie"
"Stackin' Bones" (featuring Larkin Poe)
"I Was A Highway"
"S-G-L-M-B-B-R"
"Hey Baby, Que Paso"
"Desert High"

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